Lonely Planet review
Framed by a lurid-lime wave-like glass façade, a transformed Seine-side warehouse, the Docks en Seine houses the French fashion institute, the Institut Français de la Mode (hence the docks' alternative name, Cité de la Mode et du Design), with a growing program of fashion and design exhibitions and events throughout the year.
One of Paris’ most exciting projects, the docks occupy a 20,000-sq-metre riverside warehouse built in 1907 (the first industrial complex in Paris to use reinforced concrete), where goods were delivered by barge. It was transformed post-millennium into a state-of-the-art cultural centre; its hottest new drawcard is the 2012-opened 'creative space' Wanderlust , with the city's largest terrace – a whopping 1600 sq m – as well as an open-air cinema, bar, club, restaurant, markets and more.
For the best view of the water-facing façade, cross the Seine over Pont Charles de Gaulle.