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What you should know about La Villette - Buttes-Chaumont (19 arr.)

Priding itself on its green spaces, picturesque canals, and prestigious education establishments, Paris’s 19th arrondissement offers a relaxing, refreshing, and stimulating alternative to the busy central districts. Many people venture here on weekends to walk in Buttes-Chaumont. This lush undulating parkland rises above the rooftops of northern Paris, rewarding climbers with fabulous views of Montmartre. It’s also the location of the renowned Paris Conservatoire, whose famous past professors include Luigi Cherubini and Gabriel Fauré.

Hotels in the 19th arrondissement

The 19th arrondissement has a concentration of hotels in La Villette, catering for visitors to the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie museum, Le Zénith arena, and numerous exhibition halls. The 3-star Libertel Canal Saint Martin hotel offers a refreshing alternative to purpose-built hotels, comprising three typical Parisian buildings linked by a courtyard and garden, with reproductions of fine art paintings and canal views. Mercure Paris La Villette is a well-appointed 4-star hotel near Buttes-Chaumont, close to the Paris Philharmonie, where you can relax in the terraced piano bar after a concert. If funds are limited, you’ll also find numerous bed and breakfasts in Buttes-Chaumont.

Things to see in the 19th arrondissement

Music lovers will be thrilled to discover the Cité de la Musique—this interactive music museum is a perfect complement to a live performance at the Philharmonie. Outdoor types will enjoy a ride on the Canal de l’Ourcq, built by Napoleon to provide drinking water for Parisians. Take a cruise or hire a kayak to explore under your own steam. The whole family will love the Parc de la Villette, which is crammed with exciting things to do and see—catch the latest popular movie at La Géode IMAX or check out the program of classics at the open-air cinema, which also hosts an annual film festival. The park’s buildings are noted for their wide range of architectural styles and design influences. For an alternative view of contemporary culture, head to the Cent Quatre, an event and exhibition space with an eclectic program of performances as well as open studios where you can view artists at work.

Good for families

This peaceful, green neighborhood is one of the most family friendly in Paris. Parks and canalside walks abound, making it easy to plan a day out that the whole family will enjoy. Pack a picnic and benefit from fresh air and scenic views while you sample freshly sourced local produce straight from the market. Stay in the Buttes-Chaumont-La Villette area to be close to popular family-friendly attractions like the Cité des Enfants, a hands-on science museum that specializes in making learning fun, or Cafezoïde, which runs special events for kids and teens while parents chat over a coffee.

How to get to the 19th arrondissement

Most visitors arrive into Paris either through one of its international airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, or via high-speed train from the UK and other major European cities. Paris has a sophisticated public transportation system, with direct metro links from the airports and main train stations. The 19th arrondissement is well served by public transport: the numerous metro stops dotted around the area, such as Buttes Chaumont and Porte de la Villette, allow you to travel between the various hotspots with great ease. The 19th arrondissement is also a safe, pleasant, and popular neighborhood for walkers and cyclists.

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