Today, let’s discover another bucolic place in Paris: Bercy Park in the 12th arrondissement.
With its 14 hectares, it is one of the biggest parks in Paris but surprisingly it is not that famous.My parents live in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris so we went often to Bercy Village, an open-pit mall, but I didn’t know anything about its origins.
Bercy village is a former wine market as reflected in the old wineries transformed into boutiques and restaurants. It is served by the metro line 14 at the station called « cour St Emilion » which is the name of my favourite wine.
It’s quite an atypical Parisian place because you really feel like you’re in a village. The atmosphere is friendly to meet up with family or friends and there are a lot of events organized there.
Bercy Village – 28 rue François Truffaut 75012 PARIS
Surprisingly, I’ve only discovered Bercy Park 2 years ago, even though it’s very close from Bercy Village and there are not so many people who know about it!
Follow me, I’ll show you!
The park has been created on the locations where there were wine warehouses that were the biggest global center of wine trade in the 19th century. It is composed of 3 gardens:
The Romantic Garden:
In this garden there are a lot of pools where ducks, fishes, turtles and herons live together. There is also a small lake and its island where holds the Lake House dominated by Corsican pines and Lebanese cedars. I really like this garden because it’s a quiet place where you can easily relax.
The Prairies :
This garden is made of large lawns shaded by tall trees. This garden is not very interesting for me and there is a lot more people.
Les Parterres :
Two footbridges provide access to this 3rd garden dedicated to plant work activities. You can therefore find a vegetable garden, an orchard, the Garden House and its greenhouse, a rose garden, a scent garden…
To perpetuate the memory of its wine past, a vine has been planted and is subject of harvests every year and you can still see the train tracks on the paved streets which permitted the traffic of tank wagons.
This park is a very pleasant and quiet place to enjoy sunny days and stroll with the kids. Have you already been to this park ?
Parc de Bercy – 128 quai de Bercy – 75012 PARIS