Village Saint Paul
The village of Saint-Paul is a place a little away from the main tourist routes of the Marais quarter. Behind the church of St. Paul and St. Louis is a series of secret yards, inside which are workshops, galleries, cafes, antique shops, and everything works every day.
Photo: Martin Argyroglo / Archdaily.com
A good city should have a good zoo. Paris appeared in the Vincennes forest in the mid-1930s and was innovative for its time. A 65-meter artificial rock became one of the symbols of the zoo, and thanks to an unusual device - animals were deprived of cages - visitors seemed to fall into the natural habitat of animals. Throughout the twentieth century, the park gradually deteriorated, and in the past decade, the mayor's office of Paris thought about a radical renewal. This spring, it opened after a six-year reconstruction: the team of architect Bernard Chumi redid it from scratch, and now it is almost the best park in Europe. It turned out to be a huge attraction: over five kilometers of the route, viewers pass through several separate biozones - the plains of Patagonia, the Sahel savannah, the rainforests of Madagascar and Guiana. The pride of the collection is lions and giraffes. Forget about Bois de Boulogne, come here.
City of Science and Industry
The Pompidou Center can impress with its appearance, but if you want to see not just a technology museum, but a technology museum, then you should recover to the north-east of Paris. La Villette Park is the cultural dominant of the entire 19th arrondissement. Previously, there were slaughterhouses, then they were closed, and during the 1980s, the very same Bernard Chumi created a large-scale public zone with Europe’s largest scientific museum and concert venues. Some of the locals roller-skating in the park, some are relaxing by the Urk canal, and some are going to the Zheod IMAX movie theater, it looks like a big silver sphere.
Photo Credit: Christophe ALARY
Do not want to go to IMAX, but want to watch an old movie from film? Head to the French Cinematheque at Bercy Park. Inside is an excellent movie museum and regular exhibitions. The broken cinematic building was built in the mid-1990s by Frank Gehry. And there are always a lot of young people and students around: across the river is the National Library of France with a stunning courtyard planted with pine trees. It can be reached via an elegant pedestrian bridge.
La Villette Pond
Photo Credit: Christophe ALARY
There is not much water in Paris; the Seine can hardly be called a full-flowing river. But in the city you can find a couple of places that will remind Amsterdam. Canal Saint-Martin is a favorite place for young people: here you can relax, read a book or drink a bottle of wine at the elegant pedestrian bridges and gateways. If you move along the canal north to the metro station "Stalingrad", you can find yourself in another cool place of the XIX district - La Villette Pond. This is the largest artificial lake in the city, around which life always boils - near a cinema, cafe, and locals play petanque.
Marmottan Monet Museum
Photo: Pierre Mondain-Monval
It is not necessary to go with other tourists to the Orsay Museum. More than three hundred paintings of impressionists and post-impressionists are in a small mansion in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Marmottan-Monet is a former hunting house on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, which in the mid-1930s became a museum and later became the repository of Monet's largest world collection of paintings.
Paris seems to be a city that remained in the 19th century: modern architects can only afford targeted and exceptional interventions in the environment. If you want to see Paris of the 21st century, head to the Brochant metro: in the 17th arrondissement, for ten years now, an ultra-modern district has been created on the site of the former railway station. Its center is the new Clichy-Batignolles park, the local Crimean embankment: this is not a classic regular park, but an avant-garde space with wild herbs in which local residents can socialize and play sports.
Photo: Phil Beard
In New York, there is only one High Line park, and in Paris there are two of them. One of them is quite famous - it is the Promenade Plante, which starts near the Place de la Bastille and goes east along the Domenil street. Workshops, galleries and shops were located under the flyover of the former railway line. At the top is a city alley surrounded by various trees and bushes, which Parisians love to use for walking with children or for morning runs.
But much more interesting is the Petit Santiur - a railway built in the middle of the 19th century for military needs. The ring branch, almost completely encircling the center of Paris, has been abandoned since the 1930s - gradually it has become a distinctive and isolated corner of nature among densely built-up neighborhoods. In recent years, several sections of the railway have been open to citizens: you can see one of the largest Parisian secrets, for example, not far from the Balard metro station in the 15th arrondissement.
Chinatown in the Olympics
Photo: Timothy Brown
Paris's most famous chinatown seems to be located in Belleville, a multinational area that has gathered migrants from Asia and Africa. But for delicious soups and noodles it is better to go not there, but to the Olympics in the southeast of the city. The Olympics are local Hong Kong or New Arbat: in the 1960s, progressive French architects proposed demolishing the district that does not meet the metropolitan status of the XIII district and building it with 50-story skyscrapers. But the project failed and was completed ahead of time. White-collar workers did not want to live in the avant-garde area, and several dozen high-rise buildings were occupied by refugees from Southeast Asia. Ironically, the historical parts of the county have retained their provincial spirit. For example, the Buttes-o-Kai quarter, located a fifteen-minute walk from the Olympics, is a quiet place with low houses, where Parisians love to walk.
Photo: mitch howard
Jean Nouvel is one of the world's leading architects and intellectuals. On the left bank of the Seine, he built three stunning museums: in the 1980s, the Institute of the Arab World, dedicated to Middle Eastern art; in the 1990s, the Cartier Foundation, where you can find works by contemporary artists; in the 2000s - the Branly Embankment Museum, dedicated to the primitive art of the peoples of Africa, Asia and Oceania. The latter is located just a couple of minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower and at the same time makes an almost greater impression. Not even a collection, but its appearance. Imagine that in the middle of a European city, a tropical forest first grew, and then a spaceship landed in it. The garden of the museum, closed from the embankment by a huge showcase, is one of the best and most peaceful places to relax in the city. If you are interested in Asian art in itself, it is better to go to the Guimet Museum, beloved by Parisians - it is right across the river, and next to it there is also a secret garden.