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Colorful exterior design of the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall with its footbridge

Smitten By the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall

I fell in love with the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall when I was visiting Paris and staying in the 15th arrondissement. I can honestly say that for me, it’s as impressive as the Eiffel Tower.

Colorful exterior design of the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall with its footbridge
Colorful exterior design of the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall with its footbridge

A “Home” to Relax in

I’m not a shopper. But I have frequented this shopping mall numerous times. It was my rest area when it was raining outside, when I was hungry, when I needed to use the Wi-Fi or washroom, or just whenever I was around.

It was the starting point of each day’s walk around Paris and also my ‘home’ at the end of the day. Instead of rushing back to my apartment, I always took time enjoying myself in the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall.

I would sit back in the stylish and comfy sofa in the lounge, connect to the Wi-Fi, and then just do a bit of people watching.

Beaugrenelle Seating Area
Beaugrenelle Seating Area

I eventually figured out that I am smitten by its artistic and modern architectural and interior design.

The Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall is divided into three buildings, separated by Rue Linois: Panoramic building (on the North side of Rue Linois), Magnetic and City (on the South side of Rue Linois).

Beaugrenelle Map
Beaugrenelle Map

A Stunning Footbridge

The Panoramic and Magnetic buildings are connected by a steel exoskeleton footbridge. The outside facade of the shopping mall is glass with a metallic mesh.

Colorful exterior design of the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall with its footbridge at night
Colorful exterior design of the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall with its footbridge at night

The Mall of Light

The Panoramic and Magnetic buildings have large oval atriums crowned with colorful glass canopies. These flood the buildings with light.

Colorful glass canopies flood the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall with light
Colorful glass canopies flood the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall with light

An Eco-Friendly Green Roof Top

The shopping mall is not only dazzling but also eco-friendly. It’s covered with a green roof top planted with native regional flowers.

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Front-de-Seine2014 003” by Martin GreslouOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Comfy Chairs in the Lounge

As I mentioned above, the waiting and reception areas in the shopping mall were furnished with fashionable and comfortable easy chairs, armchairs, coffee tables, and a sofa…

In the relaxing seating area of the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall on the wall above the windows a sign says 'Vers Panoramic' leading you to the footbridge that connects Panoramic.
In the relaxing seating area of the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall on the wall above the windows a sign says ‘Vers Panoramic’ leading you to the footbridge that connects Panoramic.

From the relaxing seating area just beside the windows you can see the other building is right across the street. On the wall above the windows a sign says “Vers Panoramic” leading you to the footbridge that connects Panoramic.

Footbridge vers Panoramic Beaugrenelle
Footbridge vers Panoramic Beaugrenelle

A Panoramic View from the Footbridge

When you walk on the footbridge, you will pause quite naturally and stand facing west to take in the view of the River Seine.

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Front-de-Seine2014 001” by Martin GreslouOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Watch a Movie Filmed in Paris

Panoramic also hosts the ten-screen movie theater multiplex Cinéma Gaumont Pathé.

The ten-screen movie theater multiplex Cinéma Gaumont Pathé Beaugrenelle with its undulating timber ceiling
The ten-screen movie theater multiplex Cinéma Gaumont Pathé Beaugrenelle with its undulating timber ceiling

The undulating timber ceiling in the Cinéma Gaumont Pathé Beaugrenelle has an unexpectedly warm welcoming and inviting effect caused by its simple design.

One eventful experience I would recommend would be to watch a movie that was filmed in Paris in this Cinéma Gaumont Pathé Beaugrenelle right by the River Seine. You may forget the plot or even the name of the film, but you will never forget the scenes of the River Seine and Eiffel Tower…. That’s when you realize that Paris can be and indeed is perfect.

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Min Min

There are different kinds of artists. Some are more focused and others are more all-encompassing. I would count myself as the art-everywhere type of artist. To me, art is a way of looking at things, of applying creativity in my life.

I am a frequent traveler who truly appreciates every tiny beauty of life and have traveled extensively around the world. Different cities inspire me in different ways.

My passion is Paris which I have visited more than once, living as a Parisian. I have walked big streets and small alleys in Paris, and every inch of the city has given me inspiration.

When I first arrived in Paris it was as though all my senses were heightened, then as I became familiar with the city I learned to see subtleties that I missed at first.

4 thoughts on “Smitten By the Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall”

  1. Well. Thank you for this time travel.
    For the little story, I left Paris since almost 5 years now. And I am living between Tokyo and the Philippines.
    Before I left, Beaugrenelle was just a ruin, or in very bad shape. I had heard long before that they were planning a renovation. But never did I think they would be able to do all this.
    We were going with some friends to play in all the corridors and different stairs of the place, because it looked at that time like a maze.

  2. This place looks amazing!

    I will definitely visit it next time in Paris.

    It reminds me a little bit of my favorite George Pompidou.

    I love the way how the modern architecture style places like these collide with the classical parisien paysage.

  3. I have to recognize that I am not a malls lover. At first, I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the post, but after reading your experiences there and your description of the place, I felt like I needed to be there at least once. And it’s nice to know where to go in order to have a snack, connect to Wi-Fi, watch a movie or simply protect from the rain. Malls represent our modern way of living, and they are part of Paris too; so going is necessary if you really want to deep into Parisian life.

  4. That’s what I love about Paris. It represents the perfect combination of the ancient and contemporary. You’ve got all this history built in across all its boulevard and yet there you’ll find something modern and original like the Beaugrenelle. Thank you for guiding us through this shopping mall. I would love to see it and experience it too.
    Talk about diversity. Paris is one diverse city.

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