In and around Les Buttes-Chaumont

Little backstreets, colourful houses and greenery set the scene around Buttes-Chaumont

A picturesque, steep park in the romantic style, charming steep-sided streets lined with coloured houses and courtyards full of flowers, a few unusual museums, a contemporary art venue representative of current artistic trends … Les Buttes-Chaumont is a popular and bucolic district and a great place for a pleasant stroll.

1 Le quartier de la Mouzaïa

Rue piétionne du quartier de la Mouzaïa, Paris I © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Built around the rue Michel Hidalgo and rue de la Mouzaia, the La Mouzaïa district, with a so-called Algerian place name, is just the type of place you look for when visiting a city. The small houses were originally built for working class people and were built on the former gypsum quarries. It is full of plants and flowers.

2 Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont, couple, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

The romantic garden par excellence. Created in 1864, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is the steepest of Paris’s 426 parks and gardens. It is laid out like an Anglo-Chinese garden, whose irregular design was the opposite of so-called French-style gardens.

3 Le Plateau - Exhibition centre

Cntre d'Art Contemporain Le Plateau, Paris © DR

Immaculate walls showcase contemporary art to the public with exhibitions and an experimental space that presents the works of artists in residence in Paris. 50 metres away (at 22, cours du 7th Art), the Antenne organizes educational events linked to contemporary creation.

4 Musée des moulages de l'hopital Saint-Louis

Musée des moulages de l'hôpital Saint-Louis - Intérieur, Paris

This collection of medical waxworks — some 5,000 casts — bears witness to a way of learning about medicine and makes an important contribution to the history of dermatology from the 19th century.