If you feel like escaping to the countryside but you can’t allow it or you don’t have enough time to take the train, know that you only have to know the right addresses to find yourself in neighborhood-villages filled with greenery in no time. You’ll love walking around there, surrounded by calm and serenity and all this without even leaving Paris!
Keep reading this bucolic guide!
Let’s start our walk in a small street set in Paris 12th arrondissement: the rue Crémieux. This lovely cobbled alley is lined with pastel color houses that are absolutely charming: pink, green, blue, yellow… a true rainbow!
Butte aux Cailles
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!
Also called Cité Daviel, the Petite Alsace gathers 40 brick houses with timber posts in the purest Alsatian style, scattered all around a 500-sqm courtyard. We could almost feel like in Alsace!
Overlooking the timber post-houses, the Petite Russie includes 20 little houses built…. On the third floor of a building, on the rooftop of a garage! Crazy, isn’t it? They have been built in 1912 by a cab company in order to house drivers.
Set further down the Parc Montsouris, the Cité Florale was built in 1928 and is such a delight with its cobbled streets and small squares, a stone’s throw from the 13th arrondissement’s buildings. Moreover, not only does the neighborhood have a floral name, the streets too, each one of them is named after a flower.
The Cité Fleurie has nothing to envy the Cité Florale when it comes to charm. Greenery, flowers, works are visible in every garden. Built between 1878 and 1991 with building materials from the World Fair 1878, the Cité Fleurie is a perfectly charming artists’ den.
Before you leave the 13th arrondissement and its lovely small villages, you have to visit the Maison Blanche neighborhood. Every walker can discover lovely pastel color houses (light mint, candy pink, light blue) sometimes decorated with mosaics. We could almost feel like in a Scandinavian country!
The village of Plaisance is aptly named. Its many streets are perfect for a Sunday’s afternoon walk. By the way, you’ll notice it, it’s the favorite area for many couples with children playing in front of the area’s colorful detached house. You really shouldn’t miss the rue des Thermophyles, set in the Cité Bauer, the most beautiful street of the area.
The Petit-Montrouge is absolutely charming with its narrow, cobbled streets reserved for pedestrians, and its lovely decorated houses and their gardens. There’s a reason why many artists such as actor Patrick Dewaere lived there. The Petit-Montrouge neighborhood features a true architectural richness. From one street to another, houses completely change of style.
Montsouris is obviously a big and beautiful rolling park, but it’s also a lovely neighborhood with funny looks set all around the park. Some houses are built like small chalets while others in an Art Déco or Art Nouveau style. Most of them are covered in ivy and greenery.
Les Batignolles neighborhood
All around the park, go and discover the Les Batignolles neighborhood. We could feel in a small village with the Eglise Sainte-Marie des Batignolles, its small squares, its markets, its flee markets and the many bars and restaurants. What a sweet life! Wandering around, I bet you’ll run into the discreet Cité des Fleurs. A pedestrian and private street, lined with bourgeois houses and private mansions with green gardens.
In Montmartre, a small neighborhood still stands firm against tourists: the Villa Léandre! Walking in is to find yourself in London in no time. The neighborhood is made of small red brick houses of Anglo-Saxon style with their roofs made of slate, their flower-filled façades and their colorful shutters. The many gardens add a bucolic and rustic touch. A place untouched by time.
The Mouzaïa neighborhood is a wonder of luxury, calm and delight. Colorful villas and small houses made of bricks line the streets reserved for pedestrians. Here, no cars, no unnecessary noise. Everywhere, trees, flowered gardens, street lamps that look like from another century, small birds chirping in a corner, cats roaming around… a genuine heaven in Paris!
Looking like a small village cut from the rest of the French capital, and set 100 meters altitude, the Butte Bergeyre proposed beautiful walks. Have a look at the cobbled streets, the shared garden or along the vineyards of the Clos des Chaufourmiers. Moreover, at the top of the butte, you can look over Paris. A wonderful panorama lays before your eyes and you can even see the Sacré-Coeur in the distance!
Villa des Fêtes
Set not far from the Place des Fêtes (far from being a place reputed for its charm and calm), lays this green and lovely neighborhood. It’s hard to get in since a gate blocks the access. But don’t hesitate to ask a local to let you in for a moment. Just to have the time to discover this calm and flowered green haven, hidden from everyone’s eyes.
Campagne in Paris
Set at the edge of Paris, just before the loud Porte de Bagnolet, Paris La Campagne makes Parisians lacking green dream: lovely cobbled streets, brick small houses covered in ivy, wisterias and roses, flowered gardens, very little cars and very little noise… A lovely elegant and uncommon country dream.
The Charonne village managed to keep its working charm from yesteryear, at the time where the village was the theater of many factories (leather, matches, candles and even hats). Cobbled alleys lined with low houses, flowered gardens, ancient lamp posts and small bistros are countless.
Villa and Cité de l’Ermitage
The villa and Cité de l’Ermitage are both set at the end of Belleville and Menilmontat. Far from the hustle and bustle of these two districts, the Villa and Cité de l’Ermitage are a haven of peace, greenery and freshness. Go there and feel like you’re no longer in Paris: cobbled narrow streets, many trees, low houses with gardens, street art here and there. A piece of happiness.
Enjoy your walk!
From 29 August 2018 to 31 December 2018