The portion of the Line 7 between Louis Blanc and Prè-Saint-Gervais was opened in 1911 but closed in 1967 due to lack of demand, however, it became its own small metro line serving the neighborhoods around the 19th Arrondissement. Instead of a terminus, the Line 7bis is a loop, making it a little confusing to know which side of the platform you should enter from.
Being so short, this metro line doesn’t have many sights along its route, but there are still a few stops worth investigating. Metro Line 7bis begins at Louis Blanc, close to Canal Saint-Martin, where it branches off from Line 7, and then continues to Jaurès connecting to Line 2 and Line 5.
Stop Buttes Chaumont is the main point of interest on this line, because it gives you access to the wonderful Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, which is lovely to walk in. Little known to visitors, this park comes complete with a bridge by M. Gustave Eiffel himself, a faux Temple de la Sybille towering on an island on a lake, waterfalls, great walking or jogging paths, countless waterbirds, plus the popular Rosa Bonheur bar and restaurant which is perfect for Sunday brunch. You can walk the length of the park and then re-join the Metro Line 7bis at Botzaris.
If you’re going clockwise around the loop that starts at Botzaris, the next stop will be Danube. From here you can walk up to the unique neighborhood of La Mouzaïa and its quiet lanes with rows of tiny houses and even tinier gardens. Incredibly peaceful and picturesque, this is a place to search out. Although very few Paris tourists ever find themselves here, the area is simply gorgeous and really shouldn’t be missed.
The two remaining stops in the loop, Prè-Saint-Gervais and Place des Fêtes are mostly residential, but will show you the real, multicultural Paris away from the honey-hued Haussmannian buildings for which the city is known.
Wondering which other metro lines you might want to hop on? See our complete guide to the Paris metro.
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