Paris Metro Line 7 Must-Sees

The Long Line Leading To A Few Family-Friendly Spots
Paris metro line 7
September 19, 2022
From free sightseeing spots to quaint and colorful streets you can’t miss, the long Line 7 is the one to ride for families after a unique experience in Paris. Read on for our recommendations of what to see where.
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by Ulrike

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Opened on November 5, 1910, Metro Line 7 is not only the Paris metro line with the most stations, but it’s also the third most-used line.  It traverses eastern Paris from north to south, from the northern terminus of La Courneuve 8 Mai 1945 to the south suburbs of Mairie d’Ivry/Villejuif. Line 7 originally served to connect Opéra with Porte de la Villette, but it was continuously extended over the decades. In the mid-1980s, a branch was added in the south, connecting the community of Villejuif with Paris. 

 

Paris metro line 7 map

 

Coming up from the south, many visitors to Paris would probably only use the stop Porte d’Ivry to visit the old windmill Moulin de la Tour which dates back to 1680 and remained in operation until the early 19th century. The next stop of note is Place d’Italie in the 13th Arrondissement and from which you can quickly reach the quaint Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood, a village within the city known for its street art, Art Deco swimming pool, and its many small cafes and restaurants.

Large street art murals on apartment buildings in Paris's 13th Arrondissement
Giant street art murals near Place d’Italie, “La Madre Secular 2” by INTI and “Etreinte et lutte” by Conor Harrington

In the area, you can also explore the underground River Bièvre, whose flow is marked by golden plaques on the ground. The next stop, Les Gobelins, is where to get off if you’d like to visit the ancient tapestry manufacture of Louis XIV fame for an off-the-beaten-path experience that’s quite fascinating.

Metro Line 7 also takes you to Place Monge where you can reach the gorgeous market street of Rue Mouffetard as well as the Roman amphitheatre Arènes de Lutèce, both great (and free) Paris sightseeing opportunities.

Rue Mouffetard market street
Rue Mouffetard

At the following stop Jussieu, you’ll find the superb Institut du Monde Arabe with interesting exhibitions and an exceptional rooftop view. 

Sully-Morland is steps away from Le Village Saint-Paul and its tiny antique shops.

The enormous and confusing transit hub of Chatelet comes next, connecting you with Metro Lines 1, 4, 11, 14 and RER A, B, and D. It also gives you access to Les Halles shopping center, that is if you can find the correct exit.

Black and white columns at Palais Royal
Gardens of the Palais Royal

Probably the most-frequented stop on Metro Line 7 for Paris visitors is Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre which gives easy access to the pretty Palais Royal and its oh-so-Instragrammable Colonnes de Buren, along with the Louvre, the world’s largest museum.

A little farther on is another tourist hotspot, that of Opéra which lets out at the foot of the Palais Garnier and is also close to the famous department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette along Boulevard Haussmann.

Stalingrad is a good setting-off point for a walk either down the Canal Saint Martin or north, following the metro line in a way, along the Bassin de la Villette with its myriad of cafes, restaurants, outdoor swimming opportunities in summer, fabulous street art around Rue de l’Ourcq, and further on, the fun science museum Cité des Sciences.

Bassin de la Villette
Marko Kudjerski [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

For a full experience of this part of Paris, start at Stalingrad and walk up to the stop Porte de la Villette and then hop back onto Metro Line 7 to return to the city center.


Soak up all the best street art along the Line 7 with a guided street art tour!

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