The must-see Parisian walks

The warm days might be over, but staying at home is not an option ! Here is a non-exhaustive list of the best places to go in Paris, whether it’s with friends, family or roommates!

• Square des Peupliers : a green and secret dead end in the 13th district

 

 

 

A change of scenery and calm: the 13th arrondissement is one of the best places in Paris for a stroll and a change of scenery. Near the rue de Tolbiac, a little paradise is hidden: the Square des Peupliers, a pretty, green, pedestrianized cul-de-sac, where vegetation abounds in each garden, honeysuckle and wisteria colonize the wrought iron gates, and ivy decorates the facades of the colorful houses. In this protected place, there is the atmosphere of a charming provincial village in the heart of the city.
In these small and peaceful streets, the pedestrian is king as long as he accepts to share the pavement with the numerous cats that walk around. Do you feel like taking a break on a terrace? The Butte aux Cailles district is just a stone’s throw away.

 

• The Butte Bergeyre : a preserved haven

 

 

 

Near the Buttes Chaumont park, the Butte Bergeyre is a magnificent little village hidden between the avenue Simon Bolivar and the rue Manin, which remains unknown to Parisians.

It’s hard to stumble upon this charming little island in the 19th arrondissement, composed of only a few small streets intertwined at an altitude of 100 meters. There are no stores on the hillock, but there are countless gardens. These are lands “donated” by the City of Paris and animated by inhabitants grouped in association. A small vineyard, the “Clos des Chaufourniers”, produces here a few bottles of pinot noir per year.

The major interest of the Bergeyre hillock is the unobstructed view it offers on Paris, and more precisely on the Sacré-Coeur. In the late afternoon, if the sky is clear, the sunset is breathtaking.

 

• Passage of the panoramas

 

 

 

Built in 1799, the Passage des Panoramas is considered the first covered passage of Paris. It is located in the 2nd arrondissement between Boulevard Montmartre to the north and Rue Saint-Marc to the south. Sheltered by a superb glass roof, the commercial artery is registered as a historical monument. Each shop window reflects a historical part of the capital, art craftsmen, collectors of postcards, old stamps, coins and autographs rub shoulders. At number 17 is the entrance of the artists of the famous Théâtre des Variétés, which has been animating the passage for two centuries.

Address : 11-13, boulevard Montmartre – 151, rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris

Opening : open every day from 6am to midnight

• The Flea Market of Saint Ouen !

 

 

A paradise for bargain hunters since 1885, the Flea Market is the heir to the ragpickers who were chased out of Paris by the invention of the garbage can by the prefect of the same name.

The flea market of Saint-Ouen is a maze of second-hand dealers, antique dealers, traders, creators of curious and vintage objects of all kinds that carry their stories. It would be impossible to see the whole market in one day. This unique market has the most eclectic offer you can find in Paris. If you’re looking for art workshops, vintage toys, antique or modern furniture, a book or a vinyl you can’t find, there’s something for everyone, as long as you know how to negotiate. After shopping, have a hot drink at Louisette’s, one of the many local cafés and cabarets.

At the same time cosmopolitan and so Parisian, the Flea Market takes you on a treasure hunt that you should not miss.

 

• The Jardin des Plantes

 

 

 

A site of escape and discovery: in the heart of Paris, a few steps from the Gare d’Austerlitz, the Jardin des Plantes offers a very rich and instructive walk with its numerous botanical gardens, the visit of the Menagerie, one of the oldest zoos in the world, and the visit of the National Museum of Natural History. Early in the morning, you can run or do your yoga. At noon, we picnic there & in the evening, we stroll until the sun sets. We come here to relax and learn.

All the conditions are gathered to cut us from the Parisian asphalt and to offer you a walk under the sign of the escape and the discovery among plants, flowers, trees and herbs which come from the whole world.

 

• The Saint-Louis Island

 

 

 

“the island in the heart of the city where everything is eternally quiet”, as Aragon called it.

The island Saint-Louis is a true haven of peace nestled in the heart of Old Paris. More bourgeois and less touristy than the Ile de la Cité, the Ile Saint-Louis remains one of the most pleasant places to stroll in the capital. Remained almost identical for nearly 4 centuries, you can take a pleasant walk along the quays of Anjou and Bourbon, discovering facades, porches and storefronts that have kept their original character.

 

• Moments to live on the quais de Seine

 

 

 

The happy idea of pedestrianizing the quais de Seine has given Paris the opportunity to enrich itself with places to stroll and leisure activities that are very popular. There are bars, foodtrucks, boats, cool, trendy or gourmet atmospheres, all of which are popular when the sun is shining or the evening air is mild along the river.

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