Eiffel Power: create memories and strong bonds in the City of Light with these team-building activities…

Take a different view

In Paris’s corporate quarter La Défense, La Grande Arche is a soaring structure that comes with the ultimate view of the city – complete with the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Louvre as well as the Haussmann sprawl surrounding them all. Zoom more than 100 metres into the air via glass elevator to its vast, open-air Promenade (available for private hire) and you’ll find an unforgettable setting for a team-building event.

Have some forest fun

The leafy sprawl of the Bois de Boulogne was once a royal hunting ground, before Napoleon III decided to transform it into a public park. These days, its lake, forest and open areas provide all manner of opportunities for outdoor pursuits – from assault courses to row-boat races – all of which are easily arranged with a number of local providers.

Eat your way around

France is famous for its cuisine and an excursion with a provider such as Secret Food Tours is the chance to taste what Paris has to offer. Whether you are using the markets and macaron stores as a dot-to-dot through one of the city’s most intriguing quarters (including Le Marais or Montmartre) or honing in on one particular foodstuff (be it patisserie or cheese), it’s an enjoyable way to while away an afternoon with colleagues.

Sail along the Seine

After a hard day in meetings, what could be better than a sunset cruise along Paris’s landmark river? Providers including My Paris River offer trips for smaller teams in Pontoon Boats, complete with comfy couches from which take in the views with a bottle of finest French Champagne. Trips of up to 2.5 hours take in all the main sites – from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame – while guests can either plug in to the Bluetooth speakers or let the captain regale them with tales of the city. 

Try cooking up the classics

If macaron-tasting and Michelin dinners have your team hungry for more, consider making them do-it-themselves with a cookery course. L’Atelier de Chefs have several options, including a Challenge Culinaire in which up to 1,000 participants can try their hand at creating everything from ceviche to tiramisu. With three venues across the city and its suburbs (including one at nearby Disneyland Paris) there are flexible options for all types of companies and all standards of cook – from novice knife-users to would-be Gordon Ramsays.

Race through the streets

There’s no point being locked in an escape room in one of Europe’s most captivating cities. Instead, embrace the great outdoors with Mystery City, a two-hour race through Paris’s enchanting streets following a treasure map. Solving escape room-style puzzles, up to 120 participants can take part, discovering some of the lesser-visited sites along the way.

Image credits: Rafael Guimaraes; Josh Withers; Chris Molloy

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