Best Walks to Take in Paris

What are you waiting for? Slip into your walking shoes and hit the road!

Go Fluvial

Let’s saunter along the Seine for a bit. The river offers a great vantage point from which to watch the city’s sights and monuments come to life. Start on the East and work your way West. Go ahead, get caught up in the bands of students, couples, and friends invading the river bank. If you’re lucky, you could even catch an impromptu concert. Oh, and don’t forget to squeeze in a petit pique-nique on the Ile de la Cité.

History Lesson

Ever wonder what Paris looked like before the great Haussmanian expansions of the 19th century? Pop into the Saint Paul quarter located in the southern Marais (4th arrondissement) and you’ll have the answer right before your eyes. Starting at the Saint-Paul church, make your way to the Seine, taking the street through the Saint-Paul gardens, to arrive at the only Jesuit church in Paris. This former royal palace survives as an impressive fragment of the the Phillipe-Auguste compound that stood there during Medieval times. Don’t give up just yet! Head north and check out the bustling Marais quarter home of Paris’s Jewish and gay communities…quirky, huh?

Paris the Eternal Rebel

Not far from Place d’Italie, to the left of Boulevard Blanqui, you’ll find another unassuming spot for a great promenade: the Butte aux Cailles. Most famous for it’s symbolic significane during La Commune de Paris, the hill’s historic brasseries, winding, graffitied alleys, and cute Alsatian buildings (i.e. on Rue Daviell) have maintained a very quaint quality. Real, bohemian, and sometimes even recalcitrant, the areas inhabitants take it easy, so why not follow their example?

Bois de Vincennes : We Love Green

This park once served as the hunting grounds to the kings of France. Located just to the East of Paris, it extends for over 900 acres, half of which is pure forest. Bring your picknick basket, as this walk could easily turn into a hike. You’ll find lakes, botanical gardens, a tropical garden, the famous Hippodrome of Vincennes, and even a zoo—plenty to keep the whole family busy!

A Bit further Up

Ready to take things to the next level? We mean twelve feet into the air, of course. Planted on former traintracks, this plantyful promenade stretches throughout the 12th arrondissement from the Jardin de Reuille to the Opéra Bastille. Oh so romantic!

In the Footsteps of the Rich and Famous

In Paris, celebrities are so common they’re just called people. Whether or not that’s actually true, celebrity residences are abundant in Paris. There’s the very permanent sort of address as in the Père Lachaise or the Serge Gainsburg house at 5 bis Rue de Verneuil, with it’s various grafittied walls. If you want a more bobo setting, head to Rue du Bac to share an experience with d’Artagnan, Chateaubriand or Malraux!

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