The 6th floor of Centre Pompidou is a great place to have an overview of Paris’s sociology. Indeed, 4 different categories of what constitute Paris’s crowd can be examined:
1) snobbish Parisians and rich tourists meet at Georges (like Georges Pompidou) restaurant, a trendy place to be seen, with a terrace offering a view on surrounding areas, including Palais de Justice and Notre-Dame;
2) art students, art enthusiasts (for the centre’s exhibitions)
3) regular tourists who, after visiting the collections, climb to the 6th in the famous escalator to enjoy a look from what’s one of the best Parisian views;
4) finally, a 4th category, which I belong to, of people who get there only to have a break or even a nap on the comfortable coloured sofas in the hall (which access is free even if you might have to queue some days). In sunny days of winter, the glass structure produces a « greenhouse effect », and it’s a real pleasure to doze off in this atmosphere (like at BNF Mitterand).
To reach the 6th floor, you’re supposed to have a ticket for the Centre (it’ll be asked at the exhibitions entrances), but here’s a tip: go to the elevator on the left of the big square (see the map) and say you’re going to the Georges. They’ll let you in, and you’ll take 2 elevators. Once at the 6th floor, feel free to go to the Georges, or just admire the view, or of course, enjoy a decent nap on the sofas!!!