I looooooooooooove the bookstore! It's absolutely amazing. You can find so many books on Islamic history, philosophy, etc. Whenever I'm in Paris I just wish I could buy the entire bookstore at the Institut du Monde Arabe.
The coffee shop in the other building is really nice as well.
Visit the Arab World Institute.
Most striking is the design of the windows (not the ones facing the Seine, but the ones designed to react to the sun). There are 240 of them and Jean Nouvel designed them in 1988. They act like a camera aperture. It has a great roof terrace (floor 9 - it costs nothing to go up and there is a public restaurant/ cafeteria there, too). The museum has three floors of pleasing exhibits. There is also a good bookshop on the ground floor. It gives a great view of Notre Damefrom the roof!
The Institute of the Arab world is one of the museums to be missed under no pretext at the time of your visit in Paris.
Its architecture speaks already. One as of his arrival is transported in another world.
There is inside a splendid museum on the Arab world, a library, a theatre, a restaurant...
Institut du Monde Arabe (More pics are in Travelogue ^^)
Designed by French architect - Jean Nouvel - this glass, aluminum, and cement creation succeeds in harmonizing modern needs with the purest Arab tradition in a light beautifully filtered by the typical motifs of the Musharabiya.
The institute of the Arab world or in French the Institut du Monde Arabe is an oasis in Paris. Its been several years not here,and this past week had the chance to come back and even visit the terrace. The views are magnificent and the food and culture is awesome
This historical and learning center is a collaboration between France and these Arabs countries, : Algeria, Saudi Arabia,, Bahreïn, Djibouti, Égypt,UAE, Irak, Jordania, Koweït, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Les Comores ,and Yémen.
It is closed on Mondays. The museum part is open tuedays to fridays from 10h-18 h,Saturdays and Sundays from 10 h -19 h. Night opening hours on Fridays until 21h30; guided visits from tuesdays to fridays at 15h,saturday and sunday at 15h and 16h30. You can buy your tickets online here
The library opens every day from 13h to 20h, except Sundays and Mondays.
In july and august the open hours are from 13h to 18h from tuesdays to saturdays, closed May 1 and holidays
Restaurant Noura handle on top terrace level 9 where we were, and their webpage is at http://www.noura.com/traiteur-restaurants-libanais-paris/le-zyriab.html?99460e6242d656997d075e16265da8e4=aada4fad3c8a9989e7dd5916f7202b45
Most people do not visit the 'Institute of the Arabic World' (loosely translated) when they are in Paris, because it is rarely featured as a 'must-see' in guide books. However, I think its a fantastic place to visit, especially given that a lot of Parisian people have arabic origins, therefore in my opinion, this building is important to Paris. Located near the River Seine in the Latin Quarter, the surroundings are rather spectacular, and there is a lot to do.
As you can see from my pictures, the facade of the building is pretty interesting. Each square represents a camera lens, and the 'lens' is meant to focus (ie open or close) depending on the amount of direct sunlight on each square. That is why each square is different from the others.
The Institut is home to a library, two gift shops, usually houses exhibitions, a cafe, and a spectacular restaurant on the terrace. I personnally found the restaurant to be a bit too expensive to dine in (more than 50 euros per person) but the mint tea and baklava is an absolute delight (at a less pricey 13 euros for everything). Entrane into the terrace is free, and even if you decide not to eat anything, the view from the terrace is unique and spectacular! I say unique because you do not see the Eiffel Tower, but many other 'tourist' destinations which are albeit less famous but equally beautiful!
Visiting the Institut is a must! Especially as it is located near other tourist sights that may be of interest to you.
Even better than the view from the Eiffel Tower. From the roof there is a direct view of Notre Dam and both sides of the bank. On a good day you will catch those moody clouds in the background and the Parisian light.
You can also eat on the large roof garden. There is an indoor restaurant if it's still to cold out.
Institut du Monde Arabe
1 Rue des Fosses Saint-Bernard
The Institut du Monde Arabe is dedicated to Arab and Islamic civilisation from its origins to the present day. As you appoarch the building you'll see the south-facing wall with an Islamic pattern made up of apertures. These apetures control the sun's light into the interior of the building. It's like a giant Islamic screen. Go inside up to the top floor where you'll get, in my opinion, the best view of Paris.
The Institut du Monde Arabe is fascinating and is beautifully laid out. Afterwards you should go down to the Mosque for a glass of mint tea.