In Belleville to the east of the trendy Canal St-Martin, towers one of the city’s biggest and undoubtedly most beautiful parks: The Buttes Chaumont. Come discover the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of this 25-acre urban oasis. Alone the breath-taking view of Montmartre is worth the climb!
Built by Napoleon III in 1886, this hilly splendor is perfect for an afternoon pique-nique, so be sure to grab a baguette and some cheese on your way up. Find yourself a spot on one of the lively lawns and rub shoulders with a trendy, yet easy-going crowd of Parisians. The neighborhood, quaint and redolent of an older Paris, actually houses a young and hip population.
We recommend taking a post-meal stroll, by checking out the park, which boasts an impressive conglomeration of cliffs, streams, and waterfalls. Enter by Rue de Crimée (métro Botzaris) and take the alleys to the park’s center where you can admire Paris’s largest lake. From there, you can follow the small, meandering streams on your ascent to the top of the park. Veer East as not to miss the charmante Porte Manin Waterfall. Cross the 220 foot bridge, which the Parisians cheekily refer to as the “Pont des Suicides” or Suicide Bridge. From here, you can already soak in the amazing view of the city. You’ll soon reach the zenith of the park known as “Sybille’s Temple”, an imitation of the Greco-Roman temple of Tivoli. At the top, take a moment to bask in the beauty of your hike’s reward.
After your walk, exit through the Porte Amande-Carrel, where you can rest and rest-aurant. The Guignol Theater nearby offers daily performances for the little ones. Don’t miss the outdoor concerts and open-air films that often take place here during the summer. Even during bad weather, there are plenty of cozy places in the 19th arrondissement where you can warm-up with a café crème or chocolat chaud.
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