- To discover Paris’ new place to be, furiously trendy.
- To meet your welcomer, who lives there and will tell you the reason why.
- To fill a mixed bag of design, vintage and cutting-edge decoration and clothing.
- To stroll in an authentic Paris, far from the big high-street names.
Les Batignolles, a Multi-Faceted Village (Private)
At a stone’s throw from Montmartre, squeezed between bustling Place de Clichy and chic Parc Monceau, Les Batignolles is a calm, charming and trendy neighborhood, much loved by “Bobos” the Parisian new generation. During the 19th century, Manet, Cezanne and many Impressionists lived there, attracted by the cheap and laid-back living. Annexed to Paris in 1860, Les Batignolles has kept a village-like atmosphere.
Narrow streets are lined with stylish cafés, quirky boutiques and trendy grocers packed with locally sourced products. In the distance, the new 50 meters’ tall Paris Law Courts complex, designed by Renzo Piano, dwarfs nearby office and housing buildings. It offers the brand new Clichy-Batignolles district an innovative and low-carbon print architecture. Les Batignolles, combining the past with a contemporary edge, is definitively worth a visit!
You will meet your welcomer at Place de Clichy, not far from Café Guerbois where Manet, Degas, Renoir used to meet, having drinks and heated debates about Art. On option, if you like photography, videos and documentary, you will stop in one of the best-kept secret Arts centers, the BAL.
You will then head towards Place du Docteur Lobligeois, strolling through narrow streets lined with lovely boutiques and cafés, evoking the way people used to live here in the past. Sainte-Marie Church deserves a look for its Rococo style decoration and the rear garden You may want to relax a bit there, in a cute English style garden with a miniature lake and colorful flower beds. You can spend a while looking at people playing petanque, even not noticing whispers of the trains passing along the garden. Here stands Batignolles’ border.
Not very far, Martin Luther King Park playgrounds and skate parks provide much fun for children and teenagers. We are in the heart of ZAC Clichy Batignolles, a brand new eco district. The Paris Law Courts complex, designed by Renzo Piano, is a highly touchy subject of discussion for Batignolles inhabitants and Parisians alike. Not everybody is convinced by its aesthetic but technically speaking, it’s a very interesting endeavor, with a quest for low-carbon print.
Your welcomer will tell you more about the gentrification of this district, which used to be devoted to the railway industry.
It’s almost time to get back to the metro. But first, you’ll pass through a hidden gem: The Cité des Fleurs, a delightful cobbled lane leading to the cosmopolitan Avenue de Clichy, and have a drink in a café, tucked in the covered market, just as Parisians do.
Meeting Address: 7 Place de Clichy, Paris - In front of Librairie de Paris. Closest metro station: Place de Clichy (line 13) / ENDING POINT: Avenue de Clichy, 75017 Paris. Closest metro station: Brochant (line 13)
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