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8 best spots for a leafy stroll in Paris
As Paris continues to reopen after quarantine, it’s time to stroll through some of Paris’ most gorgeous and unique alleyways, cul-de-sacs, and villas. Read on for Vanity Fair’s top 8.
La Villa Léandre, Paris 18th
The very discreet Villa Léandre is a calming hidden gem nestled in the heart of the 18th arrondissement. With its London-style architecture and open sun-lit areas, the villa is like a little getaway far from the usual hustle and bustle of the capital.
La Petite Ceinture, Paris 15th
Viewed as the “outdoor equivalent” of the catacombs, the Petite Ceinture is arguably one of the capital’s largest green spaces. This half-abandoned promenade, located between the 14th and 15th, is home to untamed vegetation and colorful graffiti… the ideal spot for a walk on the wild side.
Le Square Montsouris, Paris 14th
The slightly sloping alleyway of le Square Montsouris, located in the Parc Montsouris neighborhood, shelters a row of pretty houses. Brimming with greenery, the square exudes a soothing, village-like atmosphere.
Le villa Daviel, Paris 13th
Close to the Butte aux Cailles district, the Villa Daviel is a Victorian-style cul-de-sac home to a whole row of townhouses, terraces, and flower gardens. What’s more, the villa is like quiet cocoon, completely protected from the noisy streets of Paris.
l’Île aux Cygnes, Paris 15th district
Almost one kilometer long, the Allée des Cygnes, running between le Pont de Grenelle and le Pont de Bir Hakeim in the middle of the Seine, is perfect place to take a slow stroll. It also has the advantage of being uncrowded, as few tourists visit it.
La cité des Fleurs, Paris 17th
This lane, closed to traffic for pedestrian-friendly roaming at certain times of the day, is home to a small, cobblestoned garden. Today, it is one of the lungs of the 17th, where wanderers cross paths with local residents who use it as their neighborhood shortcut.
Rue des Thermopyles, Paris 14th district
Rue des Thermopyles stands out for its country-like atmosphere, with its greenery, colorful doors, and blooming wisterias. The alleyway is also home to some Paris street art and several townhouses, unique to the 14th arrondissement.
La cité Florale, Paris 13th
With its flowery, pedestrian-friendly streets home to idyllic Victorian-style houses, la Cité Florale in the 13th almost feels like London’s Notting Hill district. Head here if you’re looking for a change of Haussmann-style scenery.
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