La Foire de Paris 2009 (The Paris Fair), 30th April – 10th May 2009 at the Porte de Versailles

A huge exhibition with a slightly naff image, currently trying to reinvent itself as hip, cool, chic, elegant… But what do they have to offer? Here are all the details…

The Foire de Paris’ reputation is of huge halls full of men showing off the latest vegetable graters, slices of sausage to taste and a couple of dodgy fashion shows. Not very 21st Century. But for 2009, the organisers are trying to tart up their image, go all ‘lounge’ and put themselves forward as “the biggest, the most astonishing, the most varied” fair of its kind in Europe. Hmmm… Forgive us if we’re sceptical…

In any case, 2,700 stands are waiting for you (and you money!), divided into four themes:

Home & Environment
* Kitchen, bathroom and household appliances
* Renovation solutions
* Energy and the comfort of the future
* Chimneys
* Garden
* Swimming Pool
* Real Estate
* Furnishing & decoration
* Hi-fi (image & sound)
* Objects to brighten up your home

Well-being and Leisure
* Feeling good
* Creative workshops
* Fashion accessories
* Clever product
* Hi-tech
* camping-caravanning

Cultures of the World
* Riches of the world
* Tropical countries
* Workmanship from France and Europe
* French and European wines and gastronomy

* Councours Lépine (inventions contest)
* Used car sales (what?)

So, ready to ‘change your point of view’? 😉

Here’s all the essential information for the Foire de Paris 2009 in Paris

When: 30th April – 10th May 2009
Where: Paris expo, Porte de Versailles. Métro Porte de Versailles (line 12) or Balard (line 8). Bus n°s 80 & 39. Tramway T3
Opening hours: every day from 10am – 7pm. Opens even earlier at 9.30am on weekends and public holidays (they are alos open on 1st and 8th May). Late nate opening “La Nuit de la Foire” 7th May until 11pm!
Admission: Adults 12 euros, 2-day pass 18 euros, kids under 14 7 euros, under-7s free
Official site (alas, in French): here

Bigger map here