Attractions

Park in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Promenade Plantée

The disused 19th-century Vincennes railway viaduct was reborn as the world's first elevated park, planted with a fragrant profusion of cherry trees, maples, rose trellises, bamboo corridors and lavender. Three store…
Park in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Bois de Vincennes

In the southeastern corner of Paris, Bois de Vincennes encompasses some 995 hectares. Originally royal hunting grounds, the woodland was annexed by the army following the Revolution and then donated to the city in 1…
Arts Centre in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Ground Control

An industrial area that once housed a postal sorting centre was transformed into a pop-up cultural space and will now operate year-round until at least 2020. Spread across a 4500-sq-metre hall and 1500-sq-metre terr…
Museum in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Cinémathèque Française

A little-known gem near Parc de Bercy, the Cinémathèque Française was originally created in 1936 by film archivist Henri Langlois. Devoted to the history of cinema, the permanent collection contains costumes, props …
Notable Building in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Opéra Bastille

Designed by architect Carlos Ott, this concrete, glass and steel opera house is Paris' largest, with a 2745-seat main auditorium. During his presidency, François Mitterrand instigated its creation as one of his gran…
Park in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Parc Floral de Paris

This magnificent botanical park is a highlight of the Bois de Vincennes. Natural landscaping, a Japanese bonsai pavilion, an azalea garden and several ponds with water lilies and lotuses impress garden lovers,, whil…
Zoo in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Parc Zoologique de Paris

Paris' largest, state-of-the-art zoo focuses on the conservation of species and habitats, with camouflaged vantage points (no peering through fences). Its biozones include Patagonia (sea lions, pumas); the Sahel-Sud…
Park in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Petite Ceinture du 12e

From sq Charles Péguy, behind the table-tennis tables, you can access a tiny 200m section of the now-abandoned Petite Ceinture ('little belt') railway line that encircled central Paris from the late 19th century unt…
Park in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Parc de Bercy

Built on the site of a former wine depot, this large, landscaped park is a great place to break for a picnic and let the kids run free. Vestiges of its former incarnation are spread across the park and the Cour St-É…
Museum in Bastille & Eastern Paris

Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration

This heavyweight museum documents the hot-potato topic of immigration through a series of informative historical displays that cover groups as diverse as the Vietnamese, Portuguese, Jews and Russians. The multimedia…