The primarily residential 12th arrondissement may not figure on many “must-see” lists in Paris, but it certainly has a lot to offer. From magnificent public parks to centuries’ old markets, read on to discover our top 8 ways to experience la vie parisienne in the 12th arrondissement.
Also known as the Coulée Verte, this 4.5km path may be the capital’s most original park. Nestled amongst Paris’ gorgeous rooftops, the Promenade Plantée is the ideal spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets below. Running along what was formerly an elevated railway track, the space was transformed into a public park in 1993. Now, an abundance of trees and plants create a quiet oasis that stretches from Place de la Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes. While you’re in the area, make sure to stop in at one of the many art galleries and shops in the Viaduc des Arts, a converted viaduct located below part of the Promenade along rue Daumesnil.