Bercy – Daumesnil

    Going from the Gare de Lyon and extending east to the city limits, this left bank neighborhood is a (mostly) calm corner of Paris. Although it’s home to the Ministry for the Economy and Finance, the area isn’t all business, with one of Paris’s main concert venues and the Cinémathèque Française residing here as well. Behind the Bercy Park, the Bercy Village offers good shopping in a quaint environment. Further north, the elevated park La Coulée Verte leads you on a relaxing, greenery-filled walk back to Bastille or out to Vincennes.

    Bercy – Daumesnil Neighborhood, Paris.

My life in the Neighborhood

My calm corner of the 12th arrondissement has now come to fully embody the meaning of the word "home." I see it as a respite from more popular locations in the city that perpetually whir with a flurry of activity at all times. (But don’t let the calm fool you, with easy access to buses, metro lines 8 & 6, and the T3a tramline, you can easily access the trendy spots in the 12th). 

My life here centers around the metro stop Daumesnil (henceforth known as "my" métro - I’ve clearly become a little possessive), accented by the grandiose lion fountain that, fun fact, was originally placed in Place de la République. If you walk southeast down Avenue Daumesnil from my metro, you'll find yourself at the entrance to the Bois de Vincennes, an immense forest filled with lakes, trails, wildlife and the castle that once controlled this wood. My fiancé and I have made many memories here going on long walks, challenging runs, or stopping to have a picnic lunch in the sun.

If you take the opposite direction on Avenue Daumesnil (northwesterly), the atmosphere shifts, eventually giving way to the chic Viaduc des Arts.  Take a moment to look up and you'll see a section of the Promenade Plantée, a raised walking path (previously a railroad line) that extends from Porte Dorée to Bastille and makes for a lovely leisurely Sunday stroll. 

By Andréa
  • Paris Bercy Village
  • Parc de Bercy
  • Paris Gare de Lyon

Neighborhood Staples

  • Do some shopping in the Bercy Village - Cour Saint Emilion, a cute open air shopping center full of great boutiques 

  • coulee verte

    Stroll along the Promenade Plantée, also known as the Coulée Verte, an elevated park like the Highline in New York

  • Visit the Musée des Arts Forains, the Fairground Museum where you can ride a pedal-powered merry-go-round

  • Pause for a picnic in a secluded, flowery spot in the Parc de Bercy 


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