Named after its address (cent quatre translate as one hundred and four in French) this mammoth arts space only opened 4 years ago but it’s since become a significant feature on the Paris contemporary arts scene.
Its colossal size has to be seen to be believed. Le Cent Quatre was formerly the city’s main funeral parlour but don’t worry, there are no traces of horses or coffins left now. Today the space is bright and open and is home to artist ateliers, permanent and temporary exhibitions, an amazing fully-working carousel, a gorgeous bookshop, restaurant, cafés, a second hand charity vintage shop and plenty of comfy spots where you can simply sit and relax and take in the impressive surroundings.
The programme features events for both adults and children which range from art installations and film projections to classical concerts and electronic music club nights. At weekends I sometimes stop in to watch the hip-hop dance offs organised by local dancers from the neighbourhood. It’s a fascinating space, and although it’s location is a bit off the traditional tourist track it’s well worth the detour.
P.S. Several of the cafes here also now have wifi so if you need to catch up on some work during your trip to Paris this is a great place to head.