Feel like enjoying a breath of fresh air? How about visiting the Butte-aux-Cailles, this picturesque and absolutely charming neighborhood set in Paris 13th arrondissement? We’ll guide you!
Looking like a village perched on a former hill, the Butte aux Cailles reveals its charms to whoever dares to walk it. Its sloppy cobbled streets lined with small houses and green and flowered gardens won’t leave you untouched. It’s simple, you could feel like being in the countryside!
But don’t go thinking that the Butte-aux-Cailles is boring, please don’t! It’s as quite in the day as full of life in the night thanks to the many bars, restaurants and terraces where locals can be found. Street art enthusiasts can also enjoy wandering around the streets looking for the many works painted on the walls.
The Butte-aux-Cailles owes its name – not to the cute little poultry (quail) as some (me including) might think – but to Pierre Caille who buys this hill covered in meadows, woods and windmills in 1543. During the 17th century, many shops are developed on the Butte: laundry, tannery and limestone mines bring life to this unhealthy neighborhood.
But over the next two centuries, the Butte finds its former glory back and becomes (and still remains!) the lovely village we know today. With luck, limestone quarries set under the Butte-aux-Cailles prevent from heavy constructions!
During your walk, have a look at the lovely Place Paul Verlaine and the Square des Peupliers built in 1926 – actually, a beautiful triangular dead end surrounded by flowered small houses.
Enjoy your walk!
75013 Paris 13