Discover the atmosphere of the most village-like district in the Paris North-West with its mixture of friendly historic tranquillity in the Batignolles neighbourhood and its lively popular Epinettes and Clichy neighbourhoods. Strolling through streets haunted by famous names of by-gone centuries (Verlaine, Manet, Degas, Mallarmé, Barbara, Brel …), see the places that have made the North-West district a must for tourists visiting Paris: Cité des Fleurs, Square des Batignolles, Cinéma des Cinéastes...
The history of this district is linked to industry: factories for metal working and other railway infrastructures, print works and furniture manufacturers developed along with a population of workers who moved to ‘town’. The district is made up of passageways, housing blocks, courtyards, and little havens of greenery.
The Cité des Fleurs offers visitors a pastoral and peaceful oasis, just a few metres away from a bustling thoroughfare. In 1869, Sisley placed his easel in this very spot and it was here that Catherine Deneuve and her sister Françoise Dorléac were born at the nearby Clinique de la Cité.
A lively green haven, the Parc Martin Luther-King was designed in response to environmental and urban regeneration issues. The Mairie de Paris named the park in honour of the pastor who spent his life struggling against racial prejudice in the United States.
Its grotto, waterfall and a miniature lake, where black swans ruffle their feathers, make this English-style garden appear much larger than it is. Among the things to see are a Turkish hazel tree, swings, a sweets kiosk, a lemon tree, carp, a sequoia, a skate area, a sculpture in black stone from Volvic and table-tennis tables.
Considered to be ‘a quiet district’. With its market, church, little public garden and cemetery, the Batignolles district has a villagey atmosphere!
The cinéma des cinéastes used to be a cabaret called ‘Le cabaret du Père Lathuille’. The painter Edouard Manet was a regular visitor and devoted a painting to it. Converted into a café-concert (bar with entertainment) at the beginning of the 20th century, the place became a cinema in the 1930s and showed news programmes in French and English that were very popular at the time!
In 1814, the Maréchal Moncey and his troops courageously defended the former 'Barrière de Clichy square' against the Russian invasion. Today, this lively and popular place at the crossroads of four arrondissements — well-known for its famous brasseries and cinemas — is set to undergo a new invasion as machinery moves in to redevelop the area in autumn 2009. But the statue of the general will remain on guard.