Located roughly halfway between the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland Paris, Noisy-le-Grand is a largely residential town in the eastern suburbs of Paris. It takes its name from the walnut trees that once covered the region and is home to striking housing developments designed by some of Europe’s top architects.
Things to do in Noisy-le-Grand
In the west of Noisy-le-Grand is Les Arcades, where you’ll find retail stores, global eateries and a well-stocked supermarket. You can catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters at the multi-screen cinema or check out the gaming supplies at Micromania. Adjacent lies Lac Noisy-le-Grand, which can be explored along a wooden boardwalk.
Noisy-le-Grand is renowned for its futuristic architecture, such as the Arenes de Picasso. Designed by the Spanish architect Manuel Nuñez Yanowsky, it centres around an octagonal square and is framed by two large cylinders that have been nicknamed the “Camemberts”. Also not to miss is the monumental Espaces d’Abraxas, a Utopian housing estate designed by Ricardo Bofill that was has been used as a backdrop for science fiction films.
Noisy-le-Grand makes an ideal base for visiting the Château de Champs-sur-Marne, a magnificent 18th-century property that was designed by Pierre Bullet. It has recently been restored and is richly furnished with antique pieces and opulent decorations. Learn about its use as a film set for the 2006 film “Marie Antoinette” and relax in the beautifully landscaped grounds designed by Claude Desgots.
Getting around Noisy-le-Grand
Noisy-le-Grand is around 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Paris and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Noisy-Champs and Noisy-le-Grand-Mont-d’Est railway stations and buses travel throughout the town.