With its ever-evolving business scene and distinctive cultural flair, Paris is a desirable landing spot for entrepreneurs, creatives, and established teams alike. As one of the top 20 cities in The Economist’s Global Liveability Index 2018, the City of Lights earns high marks for stability, healthcare, culture, education, and infrastructure.
The only downside to life in Paris is the cost—a factor that can have a huge impact on business. In 2018, a study of commercial real estate highlighted it as one of the most expensive cities in the world for office space at $120 per square foot, beating out both New York City and San Francisco. For companies wanting to set up shop in the Central Business District, the 9th arrondissement, or near the Grands Boulevards, that number shoots even higher.
Price tag aside, Paris is a fantastic place to open or expand a business. The city has increasingly become a haven for startups—in fact, it’s home to the world’s largest startup campus, Station F. And 2018 was a record year, with more than 600,000 new companies created in the tech, travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors.
If you’re looking for budget-friendly options in establishing your business in Paris, explore WeWork’s flexible workspaces. We offer fully equipped, turnkey solutions for startups, remote teams, and freelancers alike. Month-to-month agreements grow and scale with your company, while all-inclusive amenities make settling in easy.
These six affordable workspaces are nestled into the most sought-after neighborhoods in Paris, and offer proximity to arts, culture, and world-class dining and nightlife.
Inspiration in the Golden Triangle
The famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées is at the heart of the retail district and home to the historic landmark, the Arc de Triomphe. Numerous offices, boutiques, restaurants, and nightclubs line the street, making it an ideal office location for those seeking work-life balance.
WeWork 92 Av. des Champs-Élysées is located in the glamorous Golden Triangle, with a stylish interior to match the surrounding neighborhood. It is located just from the trains at George V, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Charles de Gaulle–Étoile stations, providing an easy commute from anywhere in the city. When you need a break, escape to a nearby café, where you can nibble on pastries and sip coffee as you watch some of the best fashion in Paris stroll by.
Mix work with play in the 9th arrondissement
The 9th arrondissement is renowned for its architectural and historical sights, but it’s also the location of a bustling business district—the home of Google Paris, as well as video-game publisher Gameloft and food company Group Danone. The area boasts several theaters, museums, and the famous opera house Palais Garnier.
Located in a gorgeous art-deco building with views of Pigalle and St. Georges streets, WeWork 33 Rue la Fayette offers beautiful outdoor terraces and shared workspaces. Conveniently located close to several Métro and bus lines, this collaborative workspace puts you in prime position to experience the joys of living and working in Paris. In addition to standard amenities like onsite printing services and well-connected conference rooms, you’ll find perks like front-desk staff and private offices.
Hip meets history in Le Marais
In the heart of Paris, the trendy neighborhood of Le Marais is the perfect blend of historic and hip. The neighborhood’s star attraction is the Musée National Picasso, but it’s also filled with a plethora of dining, shopping, and working options.
WeWork Coeur Marais is steps away from the Métro and surrounded by popular shops and restaurants. This space includes three floors of an aristocratic building, a striking contrast to its modern interior. For those who don’t commute via public transportation, onsite parking and bike storage are also available.
The hustle and bustle of the 8th arrondissement
The 8th arrondissement is a bustling center of commerce, world-class hotels, and breathtaking architecture. More people work in this area than in any other arrondissement. It’s also home to the famed Parc Monceau, a lush green space that spans 20 acres.
Located at the center of the action, WeWork 40 Rue du Colisée caters to professionals of every stripe. Here, you’ll find eight floors of chic lounges, private offices, and bright and airy meeting rooms. Take advantage of the functional outdoor terrace to meet with the team, then host a conference call from one of the private phone booths. An added bonus? The building is surrounded by a number of international restaurants, which are great for after-work dinner or entertaining clients.
Art and sustainability in Paris Rive Gauche
Paris Rive Gauche is a planned neighborhood in the 13th arrondissement, on the left bank. It is known for its sustainability, proximity to public transportation, and for being pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. It is also a hub of arts and creativity, including the art-studio cluster at Les Frigos.
Ideally situated close to the Bank of France, WeWork 198 Avenue de France provides nine floors if shared office space and encompasses teams of all sizes. The bright, light-filled offices include an on-site fitness center, front-desk service, unique conference rooms, and cozy lounges. It’s just minutes away from the transit hub at Gare de Lyon, providing easy access to the rest of the city.
One-of-a-kind working in St. Lazare
Conveniently situated between busy South Pigalle and peaceful Batignolles, St. Lazare is home to many growing businesses. Its proximity to public transportation makes business travel especially convenience, and its unique blend of culture and commerce is a draw for new talent.
Taking up 10 floors in a historic building, 4 Rue Jules Lefebvre provides a vibrant and energetic space for startups and freelancers alike. With a great deal of businesses and professionals in the area, this is a prime location for networking and recruiting. The kicker? A rooftop terrace with beautiful views of the city.
Whether you’re in finance, tech, consulting, or the arts, Paris is brimming with opportunity—and, with WeWork’s all-inclusive, monthly agreements, you can go after this without breaking the bank. Enjoy access to premium amenities and built-in community at all WeWork locations, paying only for the space you need.
Growing from a few to a few hundred employees takes strategy and the right space.