La Villette

This in-the-fringes neighborhood boasts a resplendent park space beloved by joggers, picnickers, and concert-goers.

Dominated by the resplendent lawns of its namesake park, La Villette is a nature-lover’s (and picnicker's) paradise on the outskirts of Paris. The neighborhood’s no-frills apartment buildings and utilitarian bridges are tempered by the ebullience of its outdoor concert venues, modern art sculptures, and vast museums. Although it requires some extra time to reach this relaxed destination, La Villette’s distance from the city’s center is mitigated by its convenient Metro access.

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On the Map

La Villette is within XIX Arrondissement and bordered by Canal Saint-Martin, Gare du Nord - Gare de I'Est, La Chapelle, X Arrondissement, Buttes-Chaumont - Belleville, and XVIII Arrondissement

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Charles-De-Gaulle Airport: About 55 min by Subway (40 min by taxi)
Orly Airport: About an hour by Subway (45 min by taxi)
Châtelet-Les-Halles: About 25 min by Subway
Eiffel Tower: About 40 min by Subway

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In this neighbourhood you 'll find a lot of nice pubs and restaurants, two cinemas by the canal, the 104 Art center and the beautiful and modern La Villette Park. On sunny days, Parisians love having picnics or drinks along the canal, it's a very lively and convivial area."

Science and the Natural World

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The Science and Industry Center is the largest of its kind in Europe.

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Once the site of Paris' slaughterhouses, Parc de la Villette now occupies the largest greenspace in Paris.

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Home to multiple venues for performance, exhibition, and art, the park stakes a serious claim as a Parisian cultural hub.

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Wonderful activities right next door include Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry), opened in 1986 and continuously upgraded, this attraction draws over 7 million visitors a year who come to explore the world of science, technology and future possibilities."

A Different View of Paris

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From industrial edifices to cobblestone buildings, La Villette represents a broad spectrum of architectural styles.

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Its eclectic combination of structures forms a distinct style that deserves careful consideration.

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Utilitarian apartment buildings and convenient river access give this neighborhood a profoundly different vibe than most parts of Paris.

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Canal de l'Ourcq, built in the 19th century by Napoléon to provide Parisians with drinking water for the city. You can also cruise along the canal or kayak the length."

By Day and Night

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Lounge in the park, grab a coffee, or ride the ferris wheel.

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Regardless of your choice, be sure to take a moment and relax.

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La Grande Halle is famous as music venue. It also hosts some unforgettable parties.

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As night falls, clubs like Cabaret Sauvage heat up and dance parties keep it going until after sunrise.

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The neighborhood is really nice and lively, very easy to join from any part of Paris (Montmartre is 15 mins and Bastille 20 mins by metro), full of tasty food shops and nice walking tours. If you want to visit, you'll just have to ask me all my tips !"

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Oliver Knight is a freelance photographer who divides his time between two bases in Paris and London. Upon graduation from Camberwell College of the Arts he began shooting for a number of editorial clients. A decade later he has harboured numerous long standing professional relationships regularly shooting editorial features for magazines, travel guides and inflight publications. When not behind the camera he enjoys cycles along the French coast and watching the world go by from his favourite cafe terraces with a cup of tea close at hand.

Oliver Knight

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Rachael Woodson is an American photographer based in Paris. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and ENSBA in Paris. Her work explores realms of psychology and family. She also photographs for clients including Airbnb, Rolling Stone, and Nylon. Rachael had an amazing time photographing the diverse neighborhoods and people of Paris for this project.

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