Let ’s head south-east !

Green spaces, Mitterand Library, Bastille Opera House, Butte-aux-Cailles: a modern and appealing district.

Direction Paris’s 12th and 13th arrondissements: the huge area that is shaping up to be the new architectural face of the capital and which also boasts lots of parks and gardens. Here, recent bold and impressive projects like the Cité de la mode et du design and the Bibliothèque nationale François-Mitterrand compete with established landmarks like the Bastille opera house or the Butte-aux Cailles district.
 
And in order to go from one to the other, you cross the Seine — the natural frontier between the two arrondissements. This part of the capital puts the emphasis on quiet and non-motorized forms of transport. What could be better for a pleasant walk in a place where the modern and the traditional are so closely linked?

In and around Bastille and Picpus

L'Opéra Bastille, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

A walk packed with things to do: play at being revolutionaries in Place de la Bastille, sing at the Opera, go boating at Port de l'Arsenal, stroll along the Viaduc des Arts, mourn the dead at Picpus cemetery, improve your culture at the Maison Rouge and go travelling at the Gare de Lyon. In short, there’s no time to get bored.

 In and around Bastille and Picpus

Bercy and the Cour-Saint-Emilion

Cour Saint-Emilion, Passage de l'Yonne, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

A 6,500-year-old village housing cinemas, restaurants and shops? Large green spaces alongside ultra-contemporary buildings? The area between Bercy and the Cour-Saint-Emilion offers you a veritable journey through time.

 Bercy and the Cour-Saint-Emilion

Paris Rive gauche

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc - Dominique Perrault

Art and creativity on Paris’s Left Bank! As the years go by, this new district of Paris is becoming a major cultural centre for the capital, and is dominated by the four majestic towers of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (library).

Paris Rive gauche

Bois de Vincennes (wood)

Château de Vincennes © Thinkstock

Jules Renard said: "Add two letters to Paris … and you get Paradis [Paradise]". At the eastern gateway to Paris is a Garden of Eden. The Bois de Vincennes, the Parc Floral, the Château de Vincennes. Green and more green for the pleasure of the eyes!

Bois de Vincennes

IItalie, Tolbiac and the Chinese Quarter

Cité Florale, Rue des Iris, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Quite unusual! Between the village-like Butte-aux-Cailles – so calm and yet so close to the busy heart of Paris, the Chinese Quarter – typical of any Shanghai street, and the Cité Florale – full of flowers, you will really feel as though you are in another world!

IItalie, Tolbiac and the Chinese Quarter