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Promenade Plantée, Paris’ green walk

Few Parisians know about the Promenade Plantée, located in the XIIth Arrondissement. It is a pity because this green walk is a good way to escape the noise and hassle of Paris and enjoy a little bit of nature without leaving the city.

ABOUT THE PROMENADE PLANTÉE

La Promenade Plantée (also referred to by locals as La Coulée Verte) links Bastille Square to Porte Dorée and Bois de Vincennes, following part of the ancient railway (la Petite Ceinture) which closed in 1969. This 4,5 km path car free is a world apart, crossing tunnels, trenches and long bridges. We like to do this walk in summer, to escape the high temperatures, or in autumn for its colors. Pictures on this post were taken in July and October. We have split this stroll into different parts. For each part we indicate the distance, the closest metro station and the closest Vélib bike post (only the first part can be done by bike). We start our walk at Rue de Sahel but you can join us where you want thanks to its stairs and lifts all along the way.

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RUE SAHEL – TUNNEL DE REUILLY

distance: 800m

M. Bel Air L6; Vélib post #12022

We start walking the Promenade Plantée through Rue de Sahel /Avenue du General Michel Bizot. After walking some metres  we enter the part built in trench, leaving the hassle of the city above us. This is a beautiful part, my favourite part, very green and with lush vegetation. A double path allows people to do it by foot or by bike. The path crosses two short tunnels nice illuminated. This part ends with a third long tunnel, le Tunnel de Reuilly. At the end of this tunnel we are again at the same level than other streets.

ALLÉE VIVALDI – JARDIN DE REUILLY

distance: 350m

M. Dugommier, L6; Vélib post #12036

Allée Vivaldi is a kind of pedestrian avenue with trees all along its way. We like to walk it in autumn because of the colors of the trees.  The ancient Reuilly train station was located along this avenue, you can see on old pictures how it looked like when the ancient railway (la Petite Ceinture) was still working. Today the building is used for social events. At the end of this alley we need to climb some stairs to reach the bridge which crosses Reuilly Garden.

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JARDIN DE REUILLY

Distance: 210 m

M. Montgallet, L6; Vélib post #12028

This is another cool part of the Coulée Verte because here we are walking 7 m above Jardin de Reuilly, through a hanging walkway. Maybe this part of the path reminds you of New York’s high-line? Well, you are right, the Promenade Plantée was its source of inspiration. In summer time Jardin de Reuilly is packed with people enjoying a picnic or sunbathing while in autumn this garden is only enjoyed by some lonely walkers.

JARDIN DE REUILLY – RUE DE LYON/AV DAUMESNIL

Distance: 1,4 Km

M. Montgallet, L6; Vélib post #12027

This is the last part of our stroll. We are always walking 7 m above the street level, sometimes we even go through the buildings!

I like to describe this part as a hanging garden with some water bodies, different kind of flowers and plants and some shady spots to take a break. This part is also cool because you can see Paris from another point of view, we are very close to the city’s roofs!

VIADUCT DES ARTS

When you’ve finished enjoying the gardens, go down to the street level and wander along the Viaduc des Arts. This is the ancient Viaduct de Bastille, built to support the railway line Paris – Bastille – Vincennes. At the beginning of the 80’s the City Council decided to restore this place and dedicated it to Arts & Crafts. And that’s what you see today:  ateliers, workshops, cafes and galleries have taken up residence in the vaulted arches below the garden. When you have seen this part it’s time to go to Bastille Square and surrounding streets for a more than deserved drink.

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    JONA | BACKPACKING WITH A BOOK
    02/08/2017 at 1:39 am

    I’m a huge fan of gardens and greeneries. This place perfectly fits the bill! I wouldn’t mind walking around here for hours. Or perhaps have a lovely date with a book.

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      WorldInParis
      02/08/2017 at 8:01 pm

      from what you say, la promenade plantée is perfect for you 🙂

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    Vicky and Buddy
    01/25/2017 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve been to Paris twice now and had no idea this existed! And how cool that New York’s high-line was modeled after Promenade Plantee. I’ll definitely add it to my list of things to do next time I’m in Paris; it looks so beautiful and peaceful!

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      WorldInParis
      03/01/2017 at 8:46 pm

      It is, it is!! I am sure you will enjoy it a lot. So next time . . .

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    Megan Jerrard
    01/25/2017 at 7:41 am

    I’ve been to Paris a couple of times, but I seem to have missed this! So much greenery, what a lovely walk! I’ll have to make a note to remember Promenade Plantee on the next trip, and then Viaduct des Arts after we’ve finished in the gardens 🙂 Thanks!

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      WorldInParis
      03/01/2017 at 8:46 pm

      I am sure you will enjoy it, especially if you walk it during summer time. So refreshing!

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    Indrani
    01/23/2017 at 8:59 am

    Promenade Plantee is so fascinating. I wish I was there for a couple of days more to explore Paris in detail. The 5 days I spent there flew off in no time. 😛 🙂

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    Aga
    01/23/2017 at 4:13 am

    I’ve been to Paris so many times and had no idea there are such beautiful green places! Will have to explore this side of Paris next time I’m there. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sumti
    01/22/2017 at 6:41 pm

    Paris is really beautiful. Lovely Photos. I never know there is so much greenry to see which is the best place to have a walk and roam around the city

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    Vicki Louise
    01/22/2017 at 4:59 am

    What an amazing green space in the middle of such a bustling city! It would be so lovely to spend a couple of hours surrounded by nature without actually having to travel outside the city. The few Parisians that know about it must love having this area on their doorstep.

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      WorldInParis
      02/26/2017 at 11:12 pm

      Yes, we do love it! It is a charming place especially in spring and summer time

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    Anne Slater-Brooks
    01/21/2017 at 6:34 pm

    This reminds me of the Trans-Pennine Trail which is near where I live. I love cycling or running along it and think I would feel the same about this place. I love that building with the sculptures on top.

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      WorldInParis
      02/26/2017 at 11:13 pm

      Never heard about Trans-Pennine trail. Where is it? It would be interesting to have a look . . . 🙂

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    Jerny
    11/26/2016 at 12:13 am

    A little stroll wouldn’t hurt! or maybe run around these greens. I am a fan of parks and gardens. I always tend to be a watcher of people, observing them. It’d be awesome to walk here with a loved one as well, a girlfriend perhaps, and talk about just anything enjoying the scenery. Sweet! Thanks for sharing!

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      WorldInParis
      11/26/2016 at 10:16 am

      You are welcome 🙂

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    Marge
    11/25/2016 at 8:50 pm

    To me it’s a good thing that few people know about the La Promenade Plantée or else it would be crowded and may make that bit about “escaping the city” impossible. It’s lovely though, and I can definitely imagine myself walking through there, to the view of all those greens, down to the tunnel.

    I have always wanted to go to France, it is my lifelong dream. When the universe takes me there (hopefully in the near future), I will take a walk to the promenade plantee for sure.

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      WorldInParis
      11/26/2016 at 10:11 am

      if the universe takes you there, just give me a call 😉

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    Rashmi and Chalukya
    11/25/2016 at 1:29 pm

    We have always known Paris as a bustling city. Its great to know about such green places away from the hustle bustle to spend some peaceful time amidst the nature. Thanks for the post!

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      WorldInParis
      11/26/2016 at 10:14 am

      you are welcome! i love to write about this less known places in Paris 🙂

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    neha
    11/25/2016 at 10:12 am

    This place is so green. I simply feel like staring forever on its greenery. The locals must understand the importance of such a place and nurture it with all their love..ask someone like me whose hometown is deprived of greenery

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      WorldInParis
      11/26/2016 at 10:18 am

      there is so much to see and do in paris that it is impossible to know everything

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    Danica
    11/25/2016 at 9:37 am

    I’ve always dreamt of going to Paris someday. Haven’t heard of this Promenade but definitely worth to visit! I love walking around and one day, I hope to see myself walking around this exquisitely beautiful place.

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      WorldInParis
      11/26/2016 at 10:15 am

      hope you will make it to Paris soon 🙂

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    SindhuMurthy
    11/24/2016 at 5:20 pm

    Woow is the word! I just love all the wonderful pics in this article. I very much enjoyed reading about this face of Paris which is otherwise considered synonymous to the famous Eiffel tower.Thanks a ton for the visual tour 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      11/26/2016 at 10:14 am

      thanks a lot for your nice comment 🙂

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    Gypsycouple
    11/19/2016 at 10:01 am

    We’re especially fond of green areas in a city and this seems to be perfect in so many ways. Hopefully we will have some time when we visit Paris to go on a walk in this promenade 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      11/22/2016 at 5:11 pm

      I hope so, it is a nice stroll! 🙂

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    Ferna
    11/18/2016 at 1:19 am

    Never heard of this from other bloggers (maybe there are some write up) and friends. I like places unknown to many. I haven’t been to Paris yet, but will certainly take note of these places. I wonder how wonderful will it be during autumn, your photos are stunning.

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      WorldInParis
      11/22/2016 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks Ferna 🙂 Hope you will make it to Paris soon

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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    11/17/2016 at 11:19 pm

    By the name itself Promenade Plantee sounds really refreshing. Who would not love to traipse their feet on this fresh and lively color green path, right? I would certainly visit this place when I get the chance to visit Paris. I actually just found out about this place, it is really interesting.

    LaiAriel

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      WorldInParis
      11/22/2016 at 5:13 pm

      Yes, it is a refreshing walk, especially in summer time 🙂

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    Vyjay
    11/17/2016 at 6:50 am

    Wow! The Promenade Plantee is lovely. Would love to stroll around there. It is a pity we missed it while in Paris. Will head there next time for sure.

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      WorldInParis
      11/17/2016 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Vyjay for your kind comment. Good to read there will be a next time in Paris for you!

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    trisha velarmino
    11/16/2016 at 5:17 pm

    How I really pity Parisians if they will not take advantage of this beautiful promenade. Not all mega cities in this world have something like this.

    I hope that people will see the importance of green spaces. Architects, Engineers and Urban planners believes that with more green spaces, people are more motivated to exercise which is great in fighting some diseases.

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      WorldInParis
      11/22/2016 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, Trisha! 🙂

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    Mary - A Mary Road
    11/16/2016 at 12:01 pm

    Such a great compilation! I’ve been to some of these places, but I hope I get to see Jardin de Reuilly 😀

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    Gel
    11/16/2016 at 11:32 am

    This green walk looks like a place perfect for introverts like me! haha. Seeing the places makes me imagine I’m walking there, or just hanging out with a good book. Thankyou for this post! 🙂

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    Indrani
    11/15/2016 at 3:48 am

    I should have explored more.
    Such lovely scenes from the walk, very soothing and refreshing.

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    Nathan
    11/14/2016 at 4:35 pm

    I love finding areas of cities that aren’t all hustle and bustle. Love the pictures on this blog!

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    Louiela
    11/14/2016 at 3:58 pm

    I love how green it is during summer as shown in your photos, I can’t imagine how beautiful it is during autumn… Such a peaceful place, hope I can walk around Promenade Plantee also.

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    Erica M Poyaua
    11/14/2016 at 3:43 pm

    How can Parisians overlook this place! Good thing you shared it here. I wouldn’t be clueless if I happen to find myself in a Paris tour some time in the future… Promenade Plantee! It’s now officially in my must-visit list!

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    Castaway with Crystal
    11/14/2016 at 1:31 pm

    Absolutely amazing pictures! I love the gardens! So cool!!!

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    melody pittman
    11/14/2016 at 1:15 pm

    This looks like a fabulous place for strolling around and enjoying nature. Promenade Plantée…such a sophisticated name, too. I love finding parks like this.

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    Cai dominguez
    11/14/2016 at 10:49 am

    I was surprised when you said that only few Parisians know about this part of Paris. How could be? This is a beautiful place to walk. A breath if fresh air. A different perspective to what we usually think about Paris. Hope more of your people could recognize this place and promote a clean and green city.

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      WorldInParis
      12/02/2016 at 11:49 am

      Oh, don’t be that surprised . . there is so much to see and do in Paris that it is impossible to know everything 😉

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    Mike
    11/14/2016 at 5:55 am

    So much green! Its great when cities bring in greenery to their parks. I especially love that wall of vines. I hope I can make it here during the spring so its full of life!

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    Andi
    11/14/2016 at 1:20 am

    A very pleasing landscape. I am always a fan of a nice horizon. It makes me calm. Indeed, Paris has a lot of nice places like this. My cousin is in Paris right now doing a leisure tour. I am jealous, I want to go there too. In the near future, I’ll visit and take nice pictures like these ones.

    Andi | http://www.wizardandi.com

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    Lisa
    11/13/2016 at 4:32 pm

    Love the off the beaten path places. I think I could wander for days around here taking it all in. Nice areas to have a picnic and relax when your done. Thanks for sharing.

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    Brianna
    11/13/2016 at 3:45 pm

    What a beautiful place for a walk and some great photography! I love when you can find places of quiet and solitude right outside big cities!

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    Nic
    11/13/2016 at 3:44 am

    This looks like such a cool place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Next time we visit Paris we will definitely have to check it out! Thanks for sharing

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    Lara Dunning
    11/13/2016 at 2:42 am

    As a lover of small towns, the hustle and bustle of the city can wear me down easily. Love this insider tip as it sounds like it would be a great way to balance out the fun of the city and peacefulness.

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    Jimmy and Tina
    11/12/2016 at 9:02 pm

    I would have never have thought there were so many beautiful green walking trails in Paris. Your photos are lovely.

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