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01st - Le Louvre

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The 1st district of Paris is the smallest of the capital, and yet one of the richest in terms of cultural offer. An impressive number of monuments and world-renowned museums are located here, such as the Musée du Louvre or the Palais-Royal, visited by millions of travellers each year. For a shopping spree, don’t miss out Les Halles area. The small pedestrian streets around the Forum des Halles and rue de Rivoli will please all fashion lovers. Overlooking the Seine, the famous Jardin des Tuileries is the green spot of the district. This typical French garden, with its many statues and its pool, is the ideal place for a family walk. For an unforgettable sightseeing, stroll along the banks of the Seine and discover the sublime architecture of this district.

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Musée du Louvre. The world’s most visited museum hosts no less than 35 000 artworks. Formerly a royal palace, the Louvre became a museum in 1793. 99 rue de Rivoli. Open from Wednesday to Monday: 09:00-18:00, Wednesdays and Fridays: until 21:45. 10, free admission for visitors under 18 years and for everyone on the first Sunday of every month.

Jardin des Tuileries.  This French garden, part of the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1991, stands on the former site of the Palais des Tuileries. It hosts several statues, from well-known artists such as Rodin or Maillol. Place de la Concorde. From April to May: 07:00-21:00, from June to August: 07:00-23:00, from September to March: 07:30-9:30.

Palais-Royal. A garden, a palace, a theatre and galleries compose this complex located across the musée du Louvre. Built up by architect Lemercier for the Cardinal of Richelieu, it became a royal residence (during the regency of Anne of Austria), and then housed the Orleans family. It now accommodates the Ministry of Culture and the Council of State. 6 rue de Montpensier. Daily Visit of garden and Courtyard of Honour. From October to March: 07:30-20:30, from April to May: 07:00-22:15, from June to August: 07:00-23:00, September: 07:00-21:30.

Conciergerie. This building was formerly the Palais de la Cité, residence of French kings from the 10th to the 14th century. In 1370, its ground floor was converted into a jail, where many famous prisoners were sent, including Marie-Antoinette.  2  boulevard du Palais. Open daily. From March to October: 09:30-18:00, from November to February: 09:00-17:00. 8.50, 5.50, free admission for visitors under 18 or under 26 (EU residents) and for everyone on the first Sunday of every month (from November to March).

Place Vendome. Many world-famous jewellers are located around this square. It is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious spots in Paris. Most of its facades are classified as historical buildings.

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02nd - La Bourse

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The 2nd district of Paris used to host a hectic economic activity based on the stock market and the textile industry. Nowadays, the fashion industry took over and it occupies most of the streets in the Sentier area. You’ll see many trucks and trolleys in those small streets, always busy during weekdays. The Bourse, on the other hand, is located in a chic and peaceful district: don’t miss out Rue Reaumur, where elegant buildings, constructed at the beginning of the 20th century by big textile and press companies, line up. The numerous passages, such as Passage Choiseul or Passage du Grand-Cerf, used to be places of recreation where a cosmopolite crowd gathered under their large windows. Finally, don’t miss out the majestic Galerie Vivienne, one of the most beautiful passages of the city.

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Bourse. The stock exchange settled in 1826 in the Palais Brongniart, ordered by Napoleon, and stayed there during a century and a half. Nowadays, this Palace doesn’t house the stock exchange anymore, as quotations are fully automated. Place de la Bourse.

Sentier District. Streets of this district were renamed after Egyptian names following the French expedition against Egypt in 1798, under Napoleon Bonaparte. Garment and textile wholesalers line up, especially around the Passage du Caire.

Montorgueil. This district, with a unique village atmosphere, is very busy during daytime: its bars, restaurants and traditional shops draw a diversified crowd made of tourists and Parisians.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Millions of books made up the collection of this library before their transfer to the new site named after the former President, François Mitterrand. Specialised collections, including some manuscripts from Victor Hugo, are still kept on site. Temporary expositions are organised.  5 rue de Richelieu. Temporary exhibitions: from Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-18:00, Sunday: 12:00-18:00.

Passage Choiseul. Opened since 1824, this lively passage hosts restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. The famous French author Celine lived there during his childhood (at n°64 and 67). 23 rue Saint-Augustin. Open daily: 07:00-21:00.

Passage du Grand-Cerf. Opened since 1825, it’s one of the highest passages of Paris with its 11m-high ceiling. Its wooden storefronts are mainly occupied by design stores. 145 rue Saint-Denis. Open from Monday to Saturday:  08:30-20:30.

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03rd - Le Marais

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The 3rd district of Paris is home to the North part of the Marais district, the trendy and gay area of the capital. Its name comes from the swamps that stood on its present location. This quarter was built by Templar monks in the 12th century. During the 16th and 17th century, the nobility built superb city mansions, such as the Hôtel de Soubise and the Hôtel Carnavalet, which can still be admired. Neglected during a certain time, these elegant buildings have been renovated and they now host art galleries and museums. The Temple Quarter, less noble but still trendy, is located in the North part of the 3rd district. It hosts the Musée des Arts et Métiers.  Don’t miss one of the oldest houses of Paris, located on Rue Volta, at no. 3. 

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Musée Carnavalet. Open since 1880, this museum is housed in 2 city mansions, one of them being the Hôtel Carnavalet. Inside, a collection of great value, made of paintings, sculptures and decorative objects tells the history of Paris. 23 rue de Sévigné. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00. Permanent exhibition: free admission.

Hôtel de Soubise. Napoleon installed imperial archives in this superb city mansion in 1808, followed by all archives since the Middle-Ages. It is today the History Museum of France: temporary exhibitions are displayed. 60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois. Weekdays: 10:00-12:30 / 14:00-17:45, week-ends: 14:00-17:30. Closed on Tuesday. 3, 2.30 for persons aged 18-25 years, free of charge for visitors under 18 years.

Rue du Parc-Royal. A Stroll along this street will make you discover superb private mansions from the 17th and 18th century. At no. 4, you can admire the Hôtel Canillac.

Musée des Arts et Métiers. Founded in 1794, its first purpose was to promote scientific and technic objects and to train craftsmen through demonstration. It is divided in 7 themes and nearly 3000 pieces are exposed. Many demonstrations are organised for visitors. 60 rue Réaumur. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00, Thursday: 10:00-21:30. 6.5, 4.5 for students, free of charge for visitors under 18 years and for everyone the first Sunday of every month, and Thursday from 18:00.

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme. Located in a splendid mansion, this museum tells the story of Jews from the Middle-Ages to the present day. 71 rue du Temple. From Monday to Friday: 11:00-18:00, Sunday: 10:00-18:00. 6.80, free of charge for visitors under 26 years.

Place des Vosges. It’s one of the most beautiful squares of Paris, built at the request of Henri IV. It stands on the site of the former Hôtel des Tournelles, whose destruction was demanded by Catherine de Medicis following the death of Henri II. The square is composed of 36 pavilions, including the King and Queen pavilions.

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04th - Notre Dame

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The 4th district of Paris is full of resources.  Modern buildings, such as the Centre George Pompidou, coexist in perfect harmony with historical buildings of great value. The Town Hall is located in the Beaubourg district, west of the arrondissement. Few meters away, stands the Cloître des Billettes, the only medieval cloister that remains in Paris. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame, one of the main attractions in Paris, stands on the island named “Ile de la Cité”. On the nearby île Saint-Louis, don’t miss the splendid city mansions of Quai d’Anjou. Right across the Seine: the Marais district, where you’ll spot historic churches and aristocratic houses in its south part. The Jewish Quarter is located north of rue Saint-Antoine, it’s also a gay and trendy area full of life.

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Centre George Pompidou. Built in1977, this museum is unlike any other: its glass and iron structure, its exposed pipes and vivid colours contrast with the nearby old buildings. Each year, this modern art museum receives over 5 million visitors. Place Georges Pompidou. Open daily: 11:00-21:00, Thursday: 11:00-23:00. 13 or 11 depending on the season, 10 or €9 for persons aged 18-25 years, free of charge for visitors under 18 years and for everyone on the first Sunday of every month.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Completed in 1340, the construction of this gothic cathedral took over two centuries. Many modifications were made and severe damages were caused during the French Revolution. The cathedral was later renovated during the 19th century, and it is nowadays the most visited monument of Paris. Place du Parvis-Notre-Dame. Open daily weekdays: 08:00-18:45, week-ends: 08:00-19:15. Guided tour from Monday to Friday, at 14:00 and 15:00 and at 14:30 on week-ends. Free admission. Audio guide: 5.

Cloître des Billettes. This medieval cloister, completed in 1427, features beautiful vaulted arcades. The cloister can be visited during temporary exhibitions. 22-26 rue des Archives. Open daily: 12:00-19:00.

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis. This Jesuit church was built in 1641. Its 55 meter-high dome was a technical achievement at that time. It hosted the hearts of kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV until the French Revolution. 99 rue Saint-Antoine. Weekdays:  08:00-20:00, Saturday: 08:00-19:30, Sunday: 09:00-20:00.

Historical Jewish Quarter. Rue des Rosiers is the centre of the district: old traditional shops line up in this pedestrian street full of life. You will find a similar village atmosphere in the small streets nearby.

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05th - Quartier Latin

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The 5th district of Paris, built on the Sainte-Geneviève hill, has preserved the traces of its long and rich history. The Arènes de Lutèce, which creation dates back to the 2nd century, coexists with Middle-Ages buildings, such as the fabulous Hôtel de Cluny. The Pantheon, a church originally, became a temple dedicated to great Men at the time of the French Revolution. The Latin Quarter, located east of the arrondissement, is named after the Latin that was spoken until the Revolution. Formerly known for its politically active students that organised many demonstrations, the Latin Quarter has now settled down. Yet, it remains a district full of life, busy at any time of the day or night. The Jardin des Plantes is the lung of the area, and it still hosts the oldest zoo in the world.

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Musée National du Moyen-Âge, Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny. This museum is located in the hotel Cluny, built by the abbot of Cluny above Gallo-Roman thermal baths dating back from the 1st and 2nd century. Sculptures, paintings, ceramics and stained glass from medieval times are exposed. 6  place Paul Painlevé. Open daily: 09:15-17:45. Closed on Tuesday. Guided tour: 8, free of charge for visitors under 26 years and for everyone on the first Sunday of every month.  

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church. Gothic and Renaissance styles make up the unique style of this church. The relics of Sainte- Geneviève, patron saint of Paris, lie there. Place Sainte-Geneviève. From Tuesday to Friday: 08:45-19:30, week-ends: 08:45-12:00 / 14:00-19:45.

Rue Mouffetard. This former Roman road is one of the oldest streets of Paris. Picturesque and busy, you will find there many restaurants. Spice your Sunday on the place Saint-Médard, at the end of rue Mouffetard, where you will hear accordion tunes.

Jardin des Plantes. Created under the reign of Louis XIII, its first purpose was to introduce herbalism to students in medicine. Rich and playful, it’s an ideal place for a family walk. Children will be delighted by the zoo and the Evolution Gallery, where a whale skeleton is exposed, while the older visitors will appreciate the large greenhouses, the Alpine Garden and the Gallery of Comparative Anatomy and Paleontology. 57 rue Cuvier. Garden opening hours: 07:30-19:45 (summer period) or 08:00-17:30 (winter period).

Pantheon. The purpose of this famous building changed several times. Originally a church, it became a temple dedicated to great Men during the French Revolution. Remains of Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and other major French figures lie there. Place du Panthéon. From April to September: 10:00-18:30, from October to March: 10:00-18:00. 8.50, reduced price: 5.50, free of charge for visitors under 26 years.

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06th - St Germain des prés

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The 6th district of Paris is known worldwide for its Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. French intellectuals gathered in its mythical cafés as far back as the 17th century. After World War II, the quarter became the centre of the intense cultural and intellectual life of Paris. Nowadays, despite the disappearance of its traditional shops, gradually replaced by mainstream fashion stores, Saint-Germain-des-Prés has kept its bohemian chic spirit. Stop and admire the Église Saint- Germain-des-Prés, the most central spot.  Going south, you’ll find the Jardin du Luxembourg , an ideal place for romantic walks alongside its alleys. The Jardin du Luxembourg, in the north part of the park, hosts the Senate. Then, loose your way in the Saint-André-des-Arts quarter where you’ll discover medieval streets.

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Rue Cherche-Midi. This former Roman road is one of the most expensive streets of the district. Most of its buildings and mansions have a rich history. 

Place Saint-Sulpice. This square was once surrounded by shops specialised in religious objects, nowadays book shops have taken over. The Saint-Sulpice church, famous for its massive organ and its cameo in the Da Vinci Code movie, stands in the middle.

Jardin du Luxembourg. It has been frequented at all times by intellectuals, charmed by its beauty.  Facing the Senate, the pool full of carps is the main meeting place. The originals Statue of Liberty can been seen along the Guynemer street. Place Edmond Rostand.

Palais du Luxembourg. Inspired by the Pitti Palace in Florence, its construction was ordered by Marie de Médicis. It served as a prison during the French Revolution, now it hosts the Senate. 15 rue de Vaugirard. Guided tour one Saturday of every month at 10:30 or 14:30. Reservations: 01.44.54.19.30.

Saint-André-des-Arts Quarter. This picturesque quarter is composed of medieval streets. There are still many vestiges of the past, such as old doors and corner towers. Do not miss rue de l’Hirondelle, a quiet passage that leads to rue Gît-le-Cœur. Around rue Saint-André-des-Arts.

Église Saint- Germain-des-Prés. It is one of the oldest churches of Paris. It was originally an abbey, built in the 6th century. The bell tower dates back from the 11th century. At the left of the church, a small square hosts a Picasso statue built in tribute to Apollinaire, and the ruins of the Virgin chapel. Place Saint- Germain-des-Prés. From Monday to Saturday: 08:00-19:45, on Sunday: 09:00-20:00.

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07th - Eiffel Tower

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The 7th district is one of the most chic of Paris. It houses many ministries and Embassies, but also some prestigious museums: the Musée d’Orsay and the  Musée du Quai Branly to name only a few. Facing the superb Pont Alexandre III that links the 7th and 8th districts, the monument of Les Invalides stands majestically. Its dome covered with gold and its 500 meter-long esplanade reinforce its grandiose aspect. However, the star of the area is undoubtedly the Tour Eiffel, the French symbol abroad. With its height of 324m, the panorama from its top is breathtaking. At ground level, the Jardin du Champ de Mars draws a diversified crowd, where tourists mix with Parisians. During summer time, take the time to have a picnic with view on its lawns!

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Les Invalides. This building, built under Louis XIV, was made to accommodate disabled soldiers without financial resources. Nowadays, it hosts the Ministry of Defence but it has kept its primary function of hospital for war-wounded. Three museums are located there: the Army Museum, the "Plans-Reliefs" Museum and Liberation Order Museum. Remains of Napoleon lie in the Dome Church. 129 rue de Grenelle. From October to March: 10:00-17:00, from April to September: 10:00-18:00. Closed on the first Monday of every month. 9, free admission for visitors under 26 years (EU citizens).

Eiffel Tower. From its official opening in 1889, this monument left no one indifferent. There were many admirers, such as Mistinguett who sang its praises, but also many opponents.  The highest of the three floors is located at 276m above the floor. Champ de Mars. Open daily: 09:30-23:00, from mid-June to August: 09:00-00:00. 2nd floor: 8.50 (5 for the stairs), 7 (3.50) for visitors aged 12-24, 4 (3) for visitors under 12. 3rd floor: 14, 12.50 for visitors aged 12-24, 9.50 for visitors under 12.

Quai Branly Museum. It is dedicated to art and civilisations from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Americas. Created by the world famous architect Jean Nouvel, this museum is divided into 5 buildings perched on stilts. Don’t miss the original plant wall. 37 quai Branly. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday: 11:00-19:00, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00-21:00. Permanent collection: 8.50, 6 for holders of large family card, free admission for visitors under 26 years (EU citizens).

Orsay Museum. Installed in a former train station, this museum exhibits artworks from the second half of the 19th century, including paintings, sculptures, decorative art and pictures. 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur.  From Tuesday to Sunday: 09:30-18:00, Thursday: 09:30-21:45. 9, 6.50 for visitors under 26 years (non-EU) and every day from 16:30 (18:00 on Thursday), free admission for visitors under 18 years, or aged 18-26 (EU) and for everyone on the first Sunday of every month.

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08th - Champs Elysées

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The 8th district of Paris, posh and expensive, is home to many haute-couture designer brands, gastronomic restaurants and the famous Avenue des Champs-Elysées. With its 300 000 visitors each day, it remains one of the most visited streets in Europe. At its end, the Arc de Triomphe stands, proud and impressive. There, you will find the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Place de la Concorde is another place of great historical value; during the Revolution, it hosted the guillotine, which executed king Louis XVI in 1793. In its middle, the Obelisk of Luxor rises. Along the Seine, you can admire the Grand Palais (big palace) and the Petit Palais (small palace), both constructed for the Universal Exhibition that was held in Paris in 1900.

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Avenue des Champs-Elysées. This world famous avenue draws a large crowd of Parisians and tourists: anytime of the day or night, whether they come for its ready-to-wear stores or its exclusive nightclubs at night. The Lido, the well-known cabaret is located at no. 116.

Arc de Triomphe. It was inaugurated in 1836 by king Louis-Philippe, who dedicated this monument to armies of the Revolution and the Empire. In 1920, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier was installed under the Arc, to honour the soldiers killed during World War I. Every day at 18h30, the flame of souvenir is revived. Place Charles-de-Gaulle. From April to September: 10:00-23:00. From October to March: 10:00-22:30. 9.50, 6, free of charge for visitors under 26 years (EU citizens) and for everyone on the first Sunday from November to March.

Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Paris. This museum houses a rich permanent collection made of 1300 artworks. Paintings, sculptures, icons and tapestries: there is a great variety, with pieces ranging from antiquity to the 20th century. Avenue Winston Churchill. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00. Free admission for the permanent collection.

Grand Palais. This imposing building mixes elegantly stone, iron and glass, with its giant glass window, the biggest in Europe. Throughout the year it hosts exhibitions and fairs. 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower. Open Daily: 10:00-20:00, Wednesday: 10:00-22:00. Closed on Tuesday. Free visit from 13:00. Prices depend on exhibition. Free of charge for visitors under 13 years.

Place de la Concorde. This huge square was completed in 1763. The Obelisk of Luxor (3 300 BC) in the center is a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt, Mehemet Ali. Both buildings are now home to the Crillon Hotel and the Staff of the Navy.

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09th - Opéra

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The 9th district of Paris is alive and diverse. This is where we find the major department stores of the city and their crowd of eager buyers. Nearby, you will spot the Palais Garnier, the Opera of Paris. Under this monument runs an underground lake, where the machinists used to raise trout! The Grands Boulevards, going from the Madeleine to Bastille, are located on the site of the ancient ramparts of Charles V and Louis XIII. The area of the "Nouvelle Athènes" extends around the Place Saint-Georges. This name comes from the neoclassical style of its architecture inspired by ancient Greece. Many artists such as Chopin and George Sand lived there. Further north, you will find the bustling streets of Pigalle, where bars and sex shops line up.

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Department Stores. These temples of consumption are an attraction in itself. The Printemps (1864) and the Galeries Lafayette (1894) offer more than 110 000 m2 dedicated to fashion, luxury and decoration. The 2 stores, with their Art Nouveau glass windows and their façades with statues and gilding, are historic monuments. Boulevard Haussmann. From Monday to Saturday: 09:30-20:00.

Palais Garnier. This remarkable building of Napoleon III style was built by Charles Garnier between 1861 and 1875. This Opera house has a magnificent ceiling painted by Marc Chagall, lit by a huge crystal chandelier. The Grand Foyer and the monumental staircase alone are worth the visit. To discover the Opera, it is best to attend a performance. Place Charles Garnier. Daily Visit: 10:00-17:00 (18:00 in summer season). €9, €6 for students and visitors under 25 years, free of charge for children under 10 years.

Passage Jouffroy. It was opened in 1847. He originally hosted numerous restaurants and as many prostitutes. Today, it is a beautiful shopping arcade, where you will spot the former entrance to the Grevin Museum, the famous wax museum of Paris. 10-12 Boulevard Montmartre. Open Daily: 07:00-21:30.

Musée de la Vie Romantique. Do not expect to find a traditional museum. Located in the former home of the painter Ary Scheffer, this museum boasts a unique setting with its flower garden and courtyard. Space is devoted to George Sand and many temporary exhibitions are organized. 16 rue Chaptal. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00. Permanent collections: free admission. Temporary exhibitions: prices depend on exhibitions.

Nouvelle Athènes. This district was originally bounded by rue Blanche, rue Saint-Lazare, rue de la Tour des Dames and rue de la Rochefoucauld. Quiet and charming, it is mainly composed of mansions.

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10th - Canal St Martin

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You will not find any major monument in the 10th district, nor any world-renowned museum. The charm of this district is elsewhere, it lies in its atmosphere and its diversity, making it a prime spot for a stroll with family or friends, to the discovery of the old Paris. The Canal Saint-Martin is to visit on a sunny day. 4.5 km long, it contains no fewer than 9 locks and few charming bascule bridges. Around, you will find outdoor cafes and art galleries. Further south, the Place de la République is topped by a statue erected in honour of the Republic. Close by, around the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, there is a cultural mix unique in Paris. African, Turkish, Indian and Chinese communities occupy this district full of life.

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Canal Saint-Martin. Completed in 1825, it experienced an intense activity until the mid-20th century. Many barges used then the canal to supply drinking water and goods to Paris. Nowadays, the old factories that surrounded it have disappeared (one remains at No. 132, quai de Jemmapes), replaced by cafes, fashion shops and galleries. Quai de Valmy and Quai de Jemmapes.

Hôpital Saint-Louis. The former hospital, built in the 17th century, was originally created to quarantine the sick inhabitants of Paris. It was designed by Claude Chatillon, the author of the Vosges square. The St. Louis Square, the garden and the chapel are worth visiting. 1, avenue Claude Vellefaux.

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis. You will find at its end the Porte Saint-Denis, a triumphal arch commemorating the victories of Louis XIV. Above, between rue de l’Échiquier and rue des Petites-Ecuries, you enter the Small Turkey area with its many restaurants and kebabs. Close by, the African community has settled: Hairdressers and sellers of wigs lined up in the rue Chateau d'Eau.

Passage Brady. This lovely passage, surmounted by a glass window, is nicknamed Little India due to its concentration of spice merchants, restaurants and Indo-Pakistani sellers of saris. 43 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin. Open Daily 24/7.

Belleville. This multi-ethnic neighborhood is divided between 4 districts. The part located in the 10th district is to be found around rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, where bazaars and secondhand clothes shops line up. At no. 105, you will encounter the Palais du Commerce (the trade palace): an Art Deco mall that houses the Java, the dance hall where great artists such as Edith Piaf began their careers. Rue Sainte-Marthe, with its colorful storefronts is not to be missed, not to mention the Place Sainte-Marthe.

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11th - Bastille

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The 11th district of Paris is best known for its rich nightlife, its passages ... and Place de la Bastille, the symbol of the French Revolution. On its site, once stood the famous Bastille prison, of which there is nothing left except few ruins scattered in Paris. The Boulevard Richard Lenoir starts from the square; it covers a portion of the Canal Saint-Martin, who served as defensive line to the insurgents in 1848. The Faubourg Saint-Antoine was once the street of furniture shops and craftsmen, some cabinet makers and tapestry-makers can still be spotted around this street. Rue de Lappe, faithful to its tradition of festive street, houses many lively bars. Go to Charonne Street to find beautiful homes and charming flowery passages.

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Place de la Bastille. This square of high historical value stands on the site of the former prison where Voltaire was imprisoned on 2 occasions. In 1789 when it was assaulted, there were only a handful of prisoners, but the symbol of the storming of the Bastille remains. The July Column was built in 1833 to commemorate the downfall of the monarchy in 1830. Nowadays, this place remains an important place, full of symbol, where many events and demonstrations take place.

Rue de Lappe. This picturesque street was once known for its many dance halls. In the early 20th century, many Parisians attended this street to dance to the sound of accordion, introduced by Italian immigrants. At no. 9, the Balajo dance hall dates back to this golden time. Around, you'll find plenty of bars.

Rue Charonne. This highly historical street is ideal for a stroll! Discover two beautiful courtyards at nos. 3 and 5, representative of the typical craftsmen’s workshops of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine until the early 20th century. At no. 26, do not miss the passage l’Homme, very picturesque with its paved and flowery courtyard. At no. 84, the Palais de la Femme: this classified building dates from 1910 and it now belongs to a charity association. At no. 159, you will have cross the entrance gate to see the old pension Belhomme and its garden. After the Revolution, it hosted wealthy tenants willing to escape the guillotine.

Église Sainte-Marguerite. Despite its appearance of simple village church, this church has a rich history. In its cemetery, about 300 guillotined from the Revolution were buried. The legend says that the remains of Louis XVII are there too, although this information was repeatedly denied. Inside, the refinement of the paintings, statues and stained glass will amaze you. 36, rue Saint-Bernard. From Monday to Friday: 09:30-12:00 / 14:00-17:00 (school holidays: 10:00-12:00 / 16:30-19:00), on Saturday: 09:30-12:00 / 15:00-18:00 (school holidays: 10:00-12:00 / 16:00-18:00).

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12th - Bercy

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The 12th district is a modest area turned towards the future. The Opera Bastille is a good example: completed in 1989, the purpose of this modern building is to make Opera accessible to the broadest audience. Nearby, you will find the Marché d’Aligre. Lively and authentic, it draws a large crowd coming from all parts of Paris for its affordable prices and warm atmosphere. Next to the Gare de Lyon train station, the Viaduc des Arts houses high-end decoration craftsmen under its monumental vaults. Above the viaduct, the Promenade Plantée follows the route of a former railway. It offers a wonderful green oasis in the city. At its end, you can reach the Bois de Vincennes and its castle. The Parc de Bercy, with its vineyards and old warehouses is also not to be missed.

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Marché d’Aligre. In the 19thcentury, it supplied the inhabitants of the Saint-Antoine Faubourg and the surrounding area. It consists of a covered market (the market Beauvau) dedicated to food and an exposed portion located on the street and square Aligre, where you can find secondhand clothes and all sorts of objects. For great prices, come in late morning! Place Aligre. From Tuesday to Sunday: 09:30-13:00.

Promenade Plantée. This «planted promenade » starts above the Viaduct of Arts, on the elegant Daumesnil avenue. It then borrows the Vivaldi alley, at street level, to continue on Sahel street. The Promenade ends at the limit of Paris, next to the Bois de Vincennes that can be easily reached through a tunnel. Throughout, you will find gardens (such as the garden of Reuilly), tunnels, canals and a large variety of trees and plants. Daumesnil, various entrances. Winter: 08:30-17:45, summer: 08:30-20:30.

Château de Vincennes. It is located in the heart of the Bois de Vincennes (Vincennes wood). It has been alternately a hunting lodge, a royal residence, a fortress and a state prison. The 5-storey tower, the chapel and the cells where Voltaire and Diderot were imprisoned can be visited. Around, enjoy a boat ride in one of two lakes of the Bois de Vincennes and discover its many attractions. 1 avenue de Paris. From June to September: daily 10:00-18:00, from October to May: daily 10:00-17:00. €8.50, €5.50, free admission for persons under 26 years (EU citizens) and disabled persons.

Parc de Bercy. This area was once devoted to the trade of wine. Next to Cour Saint-Emilion, you can still spot the warehouses, now converted into restaurants, offices, shops and a museum. In the three gardens that make up the park, you will find pools, flowers, statues, vineyards and many activities to discover! 41 rue Paul Belmondo. Winter: 08:00-17:30, summer: 08:00-21:30.

Port de l’Arsenal. This marina located in the heart of Paris may surprise more than one visitor! Few meters away from the Bastille square, this port connects the charming Saint-Martin Canal with the Seine. 11, boulevard de la Bastille.

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13th - China Town

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The 13th district is home to the Parisian Chinatown. Between avenue d’Italie and avenue d’Ivry, countless Asian restaurants, small shops and supermarkets line up! Not far away, you will find the Butte-aux-Cailles : a unique place in Paris! Here, you will not find Haussmann-style buildings, but rather many pretty individual houses surrounded by plants and flowers. The Cité Florale (Floral City) is the finest example of the village atmosphere of this neighbourhood. Close by, walk through the doors of the Manufactures des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie, where are manufactured and maintained tapestries from official buildings of the State. Change of scenery with the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, a modern building in the shape of 2 open books.

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Butte-aux-Cailles district. In another era, the Bievre river flowed in this area occupied by tanneries. It is now covered, but the charm of the neighborhood remains intact. On rue Daviel, you will discover the Little Alsace, a set of wooden pavilions. Close by, around rue Brillat Savarin, we find the Floral City: a green oasis in the middle of the city. Around rue de la Butte-aux-Cailles.

Chinatown. This is where the largest Chinese community in Europe is to be found, as well as Cambodians, Vietnamese and Laotians. This area is not very charming in itself, but it is ideal to enjoy Asian dishes at low prices or find objects and foods of the region. Between the Avenue d'Italie and the avenue d'Ivry.

Manufactures des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie. Today, those manufactures continue to weave the carpets and tapestries of the official palaces, as it has done for the past centuries. These pieces can be seen in the Gobelins Gallery, during temporary exhibitions. 42 avenue des Gobelins. Manufacture: tour from Tuesday to Thursday at 13:00 with reservation (FNAC.com). €10.50, €8.50 for persons aged 13-25, €5.50 for persons aged 4-12 (gallery admission included during temp. exhibitions). Gobelins Gallery: only during temp. exhibitions. From Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00-18:00. €6, €4. Free admission on the last Sunday of every month.

Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. Located in the middle of the new Paris Rive Gauche district, the building made of 4 towers shaped in open books, surprises. It hosts 300,000 books accessible to the public, and a space dedicated to researchers. In the lobby, two immense globes made for Louis XIV are exposed. Pleasant walk on the banks of the Seine around, where the City of Fashion and Design is located. 13 Quai François-Mauriac. Tour from Tuesday to Friday at 14:00 and on weekends at 15:00. Free admission.

Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière. Under Louis XIV, it was a hospice for the poor as well as a women's prison where the prostitutes and convicted of common law were imprisoned. It was not until the 20th century that it became a real hospital. The chapelle Saint-Louis has four chapels and four aisles. This original architecture addressed the need to separate categories of patients during masses. 47 Boulevard de l'Hopital.

 

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14th - Montparnasse

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The 14th district of Paris is best known for its Montparnasse quarter. This was the area of choice for Americans living in Paris, probably attracted by its concentration of artists and writers. The crêperies (pancake restaurants) that line up on rue Montparnasse  remind us that this was also the place where Bretons freshly arrived in Paris in the early 20th century settled. Further south, the neighborhood of Denfert-Rochereau is home to the Catacombes, an underground passage where lie the remains of some 6 million people. Back on street level, don’t miss Rue Daguerre, full of life anytime of the day. At the other end of the district, a green oasis and a small lake await you at the Parc Montsouris. Opposite, at the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, you will spot architectures from all over the world.

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Montparnasse district. The Montparnasse tower is emblematic of this quarter, although it is located in the 15th district. 210m high, it offers a breathtaking view over the city. For traditional crêpes, head towards rue du Montparnasse and rue d’Odessa ! You can find everything there, good and not so good restaurants. The cimetière du Montparnasse is the resting place of many public figures: the names indicated on most of the graves will likely sound familiar. For a more cheerful walk, take rue de la Gaîté, traditionally occupied by theaters, now joined by sex shops. Montparnasse Tower: 33 avenue du Maine. From April to September: 09:30-23:30, from October to March: 09:30-22:30 (Friday and Saturday 23:00). €8, €4.50 for persons aged 16-20 years, €3 for persons aged 7-15 years, free of charge for children under 7 years.

Catacombs. Their origins date back from the late 18th century, when 6 million bones were collected from the cemeteries of Paris to be placed in underground tunnels of former quarries. The visit, during which you will see piled bones, takes about 45 minutes. 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy. Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-17:00. €8, €6 for visitors over 60 years, €4 for persons aged 14-26 years, free of charge for children under 14 years.

Parc Montsouris. It was created to offer Parisians a green space in the South of Paris. Lenin, a neighbor of the park, frequented it on a regular basis during his stay in France. This garden, where more than 1400 trees are planted, offers you a pleasant stroll. Around the lake, you will see numerous bird species. Boulevard Jourdan.

Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. Open in 1925, it was created to facilitate exchanges between researchers and students from all over the world. This unique venue welcomes 10,000 students, artists and researchers from 140 nationalities. They are housed in 40 pavilions representing different countries, each with an original architecture. 17, boulevard Jourdan.

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15th - Parc des Expo

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The 15th district of Paris is a modern and quiet area. The touristic activity is not very developed there, yet there are a number of things to see and visit. To discover the artistic Montparnasse, nothing is better than a visit to the Musée Bourdelle, housed in the former artist's studio. The Musée du Montparnasse is another fine example of the creativity of this area. To feel like in the countryside, head towards the Parc André Citroën, at the other end of the district. You will find various themed gardens, two beautiful greenhouses, a canal and a hot-air balloon, which takes you 150m above Paris. Parc George Brassens is another green spot, away from the bustle of its neighbor, the Parc des Expositions. On week-ends, an ancient book market is held under its arcades.

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Parc George Brassens. The bull sculptures at the entrance remind us that the park is located on the former site of a slaughterhouse. This is a great place for a family trip as there are many activities for children: visit of beehives, pony rides, swings. Adults will enjoy the vineyards and the garden of scented plants. Under the arcades, at the limit of the park, do not miss the ancient and used book market that is held there each weekend. 2 Place Jacques Marette.

Musée du Montparnasse. It is located in a passage full of flowers, surrounded by artists’ studios where painters such as Picasso and Matisse met during World War I. It hosts many temporary exhibitions, which present works from all disciplines. 21 avenue du Maine. From Tuesday to Sunday: 12:30-19:00. Temporary exhibitions:  €6, €5 for students, seniors and visitors under 18 years, free of charge for children under 12 years.

Musée Bourdelle. It is located in the studio and apartment that Emile-Antoine Bourdelle occupied until his death in 1929. His sculptures, drawings and photographs are exposed as well as works from other artists. Temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists are organized. 18 rue Antoine Bourdelle. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00. Free tour except during temporary exhibitions: €7, €3.50 for visitors aged 14-26 and above 60 years, free of charge for children under 14 years.

André Citroën Park. This 14-hectare park is located on the former site of the Citroën factories. It is divided into three parts: the Black Garden and the White Garden, each with their distinct vegetation and a large central park. Other smaller gardens and many greenhouses are located nearby. The more adventurous will board on the hot-air balloon, for a panorama of Paris 150m above the ground. Quai André Citroën. Open daily: 09:00-17:30, From May to August: 09:00-20:30.

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16th - Trocadéro

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The 16th district of Paris is chic and sober. A stroll through its quiet and clean streets and you will understand why the wealthy have settled here. Yet, make no mistake, quiet does not mean uninteresting! On the opposite, many museums are located there, such as the Musée de la Mode or the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. The Trocadero Garden offer, meanwhile, a unique view of the Tour Eiffel. If you like wandering without specific itinerary, you will not be disappointed! There are many Villas, those exclusive residences, around rue Boileau and  rue  Beauséjour, and beautiful mansions scattered throughout the district. For a green break, head to the Bois de Boulogne and its 846 hectares.

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Maison de Balzac. Balzac lived there several years, under a false name to escape his creditors. That’s where he wrote La Comédie Humaine (The Human Comedy), of which a part the characters is presented in a room. You will also see some personal items of the author and his manuscripts. 47 rue Raynouard. Closed until September 2012. From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00-18:00. Permanent Collections: Free except during temporary exhibitions. €4, €2 for visitors aged 14-26, free for children under 14 years.

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. Housed in a wing of the Palais Chaillot, this museum aims to present the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the present day to a broad audience. It is divided into three parts: the gallery of moldings (devoted to the architecture from the 12th to the 18th century), the gallery of modern and contemporary architecture and the gallery of murals and stained glass. Place du Trocadero. Open Daily: 11:00-19:00, Thursday: 11:00-21:00. Closed on Tuesday. Permanent collections: €8, €5 for visitors aged 18-25 (non EU), free for children under 18, visitors aged 18-25 (EU) and for everyone on the first Sunday of every month.

Jardins du Trocadéro. Created for the Universal Exhibition of 1878, this garden is popular for its fountains and lighting effects at night, and its breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower nearby. 11 Place du Trocadero.

Villa Beausejour. A surprising area in Paris! At the end of the alley, there are 4 wooden chalets from the Russian village built for the Universal Exhibition of 1867. They were transported to their current location after the exhibition ended. 7 Boulevard Beausejour.

Bois de Boulogne. This huge wood is frequented by sportsmen as well as walkers, especially on weekends. The Jardin d’Acclimatation is ideal for an afternoon with children: rides, animals and play areas are devoted to them. Botanical enthusiasts will appreciate the rose garden of Parc de Bagatelle, where an international competition is held each year. Jardin d’acclimatation (zoo): from April to September: 10:00-19:00, from October to March: 10:00-18:00. €2.90, €1.45 for seniors, free for children under 3 years. Tickets sold per unit: €2.70.

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17th - Arc de Triomphe

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The 17th district of Paris is anything but homogeneous. In its western part, it is posh and sober. This is the area of the convention center and the embassies. The Flower Market, on Ternes Square is a pleasant interlude of colors, where all kinds of flowers are sold. The Batignolles District, in the eastern part, is quite different: alive, and less chic, it gathers many good restaurants. Despite the fast development of the area lately, it has kept its village atmosphere, especially around the Place du Docteur Félix Lobligeois. Not far away, the Square des Batignolles is where the families of the area meet on week-ends. Go to the Cité des Fleurs (City of Flowers), a highly picturesque residence, to spot a corner in Paris that looks just like the countryside.

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Square des Batignolles. This park was created under Napoleon III, who wanted to build English gardens throughout Paris. The sinuous paths, the lush vegetation, the small river and its waterfalls: all elements of the English style are there. Very nice for a family walk, kids will enjoy its playgrounds and mini-carts for rent. Access Place Charles Fillion or rue Cardinet.

Cité des Fleurs. In the heart of the Epinettes quarter, the long central alley lined with houses and their private gardens is a haven of peace. Every house is different, but strict planning rules make the whole harmonious. Intersection Guy Môquet and Avenue de Clichy. Nearby, a very charming and flowery impasse:  the Deligny Impasse.

Rue de Lévis. A busy shopping street located in the Batignolles district. This is one of the nicest streets in the neighborhood to buy fresh products: fruit vendors, bakeries, wine shops, butchers, everything is there.

Musée Jean-Jacques Henner. This museum is dedicated to Jean-Jacques Henner, the painter who became successful in the 1870s, especially as a portraitist. His particular style does not match any artistic movement, but is inspired by the Italian Renaissance. The museum is housed in a mansion of the 19th century and contains works from different periods of the artist's life. 43 Avenue de Villiers. Open Daily except Tuesday: 11:00-18:00. €5, free for visitors under 26 years (EU citizens).

Place du Général Catroux. The superb hôtel Gaillard is located at no. 1. Property of the Bank of France, its architecture is inspired by the Blois Castle. Around the square you will find other beautiful mansions.

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18th - Montmartre

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The 18th district of Paris is all about Montmartre, its village atmosphere, its painters and its paved streets. The mills and vineyards that invaded the area then are almost gone, but the charm remains intact. A walk on Rue de L’abreuvoir and its surroundings and you will never want to leave this place so unique. To discover the Montmartre of the past and the many artists who have settled there, visit the Musée de Montmartre. Opposite, you will see the last vineyard of the area. The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur is the main attraction of the hill, it offers an incredible view on the capital. Further south, change of atmosphere in the district of Pigalle. Here, sex shops and nightclubs line up, and the only mill you’ll see is the world famous Moulin Rouge cabaret.

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Basilique du Sacré-Cœur. Its construction follows the defeat of the French against the Germans in 1870, felt as a divine punishment. 80m high, it has the largest bell in France. Its mosaic of 475 m2 alone is worth the visit. Parvis du Sacré-Cœur. Open Daily: 06:00-23 :00.

Musée de Montmartre. The museum is located in the oldest house of the neighborhood, the Rosimond Mansion, where many artists lived. Throughout the tour you will discover the old Montmartre and its artists through paintings, documents, and furniture. 14 rue Cortot. Open Daily: 10:00-18:00. €8, €6 for visitors aged 18-25 years, €4 for 10-17 years, free for children under 10 years.

Rue de l’Abreuvoir. This paved street climbing up the hill is typical of the area. At no. 2, the Maison Rose became famous after Utrillo represented it in one if its paintings. At its end, you will find the place Dalida, where a bust pays tribute to the singer. The allée des Brouillards (the alley of fog), starting from the square, is not to be missed: among the flowery houses and gardens, you will spot the château des Brouillards.

Moulin de la Galette. This name was given to the dance-hall installed in the Radet mill and then in the Blute-Fin mill, the two last mills of Montmartre. This place has known its glory days in the late 19th century and was even painted by Renoir. Nearby, the Avenue Junot is the most chic of the neighborhood. Moulin Radet: 83 rue Lepic (converted into a restaurant), Moulin Blute-Fin (private): 75-77, rue Lepic.

Place Saint-Pierre. Located at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur, this square is the starting point of the funicular which gives you access to the basilica. Close by, the marché Saint-Pierre is one of the largest fabric markets in the world, with its 6 stores and its unbeatable prices. The Halle Saint-Pierre is a place where contemporary art pieces are presented during temporary exhibitions. 2 rue Ronsard. Open weekdays: 10:00-18:00, Saturday: 10:00 -19:00, Sunday: 11:00-18:00. Temporary exhibitions: €8.

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19th - Buttes de Chaumont

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The 19th district of Paris is not a touristic part of the city, yet it has much to offer ... Stroll in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and you will encounter the countryside in Paris. With its waterfall, its island and its lake, it is one of the prettiest parks of the capital. A hundred meters away, you will see splendid Villas around the rue de Mouzaïa and the rue de la Liberté. These flowery alleys lined with individual houses are real enchanted interludes. For a bit of culture, head towards the Parc de la Villette. Located on the site of the former slaughterhouse of La Villette, the Park hosts the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the Cité de la Musique and the Grande Halle. Between the Canal Saint-Martin and the canal de l’Ourcq, the surroundings of Bassin de la Villette offer a pleasant walk.

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Villas de la Mouzaïa. Villa Bellevue, Villa Amalia, Villa des Lilas: those poetic names belong to alleys lined with houses which facades are covered with ivy. A piece of countryside in this grey area. Around rue de Mouzaïa and rue de la Liberté.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Inaugurated during the Universal Exhibition of 1867, it is one of the largest parks in Paris, and probably one of the most beautiful. In the middle of the lake, a small island, or rather a hill houses on top the Temple de la Sybille, reachable taking one of the 2 bridges. You will be surprised by its high waterfall that ends up in an artificial cave.  Rue Manin. Open Daily: 07:30-21:00 (23:00 in summer season).

Bassin de la Villette. It was created to link the Canal de Ourcq and the Canal Saint-Martin and facilitate the transport of goods in Paris. The largest artificial lake in Paris hosts a water sports center, from where you start a cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin. At the intersection of the bassin and the canal de l'Ourcq, the Lift Bridge of the rue de Crimée is the last one in Paris to be in activity. Quai de la Seine.

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. This museum located in a huge futuristic building will make you discover sciences from all its dimensions. Numerous exhibitions and various playful areas were created to explain to a broad audience the stakes of scientific research. Permanent exhibitions are devoted to many subjects, from energy to the understanding of sounds and images, presented in a fun and interactive way. A captivating and enjoyable outing for children and adults. 30 avenue Corentin-Cariou. From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-18:00, Sunday: 10:00-19:00. €8, €6 for visitors under 25 or above 60 and students, free of charge for children under 6.

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20th - Belleville

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The 20th district of Paris, modest and multicultural, is not part of the usual touristic tour. No spectacular monument there, 20th district is visited for its village atmosphere. In the 18th century, the Belleville district was a promenade popular among Parisians who attended its taverns on a regular basis, while the Ménilmontant quarter was well-known for its wine. Today, many communities live in these lively neighborhoods, and many artists have their studios there. The most famous attraction is undoubtedly the Cimetière du Père Lachaise. This the final resting place of many artists and public figures, including Jim Morrison and Chopin. The Musée Edith Piaf, located in the former apartment of the singer, will delight the fans of the artist.

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Cimetière du Père Lachaise. The most famous Parisian cemetery is also the largest, with its 44 hectares. It was created by Napoleon in order to overcome the lack of graves in the capital. Inside, the Mur des Fédérés pays tribute to 147 former fighters of the Paris civil war shot in front of this wall. All around, tombs of public figures and anonymous are scattered throughout the park.  Baron Haussmann, Balzac, Apollinaire, Molière and Oscar Wilde are among the most famous residents. 16 rue du Repos. Open Daily: 09:00-17:30 (winter) 09:00-18:00 (summer).

Église Saint-Germain de Charonne. Before Charonne became part of Paris, it was the village church, which made up the center with the rue Saint-Blaise. Built in the 12th century, it underwent several changes and only the bell tower is original. Its village appearance remains, and this is one of the only 2 churches in the capital to have its own cemetery. 4 Place Saint-Blaise. No visit during renovation work.

Parc de Belleville. This pretty park offers impressive views over the city. The vineyards, witnesses of the wine-growing past of the park, provide annually up to 3 pounds of grapes per vine. The park is an ideal place for a family outing, a playground is installed for children while adults can discover the permanent exhibition on the theme of the air at the Maison de l'Air. 47 rue des Couronnes. Maison de l'Air, from Wednesday and Saturday: 13:30-17:00, (until 18:30 on Saturday from April to September). Free entrance.

Musée Edith Piaf. It is located in one of the apartments where the famous singer lived. Some of her personal items, such as dresses or photos, are exposed. 5, rue Crespin du Gast. From Monday to Wednesday, by appointment: 13:00-18:00. Free entrance.

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