Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
The rhythmic release of eucalyptus-scented steam into this wonderful hammam sets mind and body at ease in minutes. Also included is an...
Seasonal 2½-hour cruises depart from the Bassin de la Villette near Parc de la Villette and from the Port de l'Arsenal ; summertime...
This self-styled guinguette (old-fashioned dance hall) morphs from outdoor cafe by day into a jam-packed dance floor by night. Its...
Mon Oncle Le Vigneron
My Uncle the Winemaker is a small, vintage-styled wine cellar and épicierie fine (upmarket grocer) arranged like an old-fashioned...
rue Manin & rue Botzaris, 19e · interesting places nearby
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont information
This quirky park is one of the city’s largest green spaces; its landscaped slopes hide grottoes, waterfalls, a lake and even an island topped with a temple to Sybil. Once a gypsum quarry and rubbish dump, it was given its present form by Baron Haussmann in time for the opening of the 1867 Exposition Universelle. The tracks of an abandoned 19th-century railway line (La Petite Ceinture, which once circled Paris) run through the park.
It’s a favourite with Parisians, who come here to practise t'ai chi, take the kids to a puppet show or simply to relax with a bottle of wine and a sundown picnic.