Les puces – Popular Second-hand shop

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My travel city guide - Les puces

Description Le marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen, literally “the fleas market” in english (which is funny) is the most concentrated second-hand shop in the world and the fourth attraction in France with more than 5 million visitors every year. This is an original experiment, an unusual walk and a bonanza for vintage pieces and antiquities lovers. But not only… Each stand is full of objects of all kinds : old vinyls, prints, toys, posters, books, photographs and vintage or trendy clothes. A simple walk can quickly give way to a shopping session.
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Price Free (except if you want to buy something, naturally))
Hours Sat: 9am-6amSat – Sun: 10am-18am – Mon: 11am-17am
Website http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com/1.aspx
How to go there? Metro 4 Porte de Clignancourt
Metro 13 Garibaldi (recommended)
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La Butte aux Cailles – A village in Paris

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Description The Butte aux Cailles is surprisingly not very well-known. Tourists rarely go in this disctrict quite far away from the center (wedged between the city’s Chinatown district and the sprawling Place d’Italie) and many Parisians have heard of it but never went there. But this village-like area should definitely be on your list!This district, whose name come from the 16th century, used to be an important area for the tannery and tissue trades.Saved from modernity by its past life as a stony quarry, you can enjoy a nice walk in its narrow cobblestone streets featuring quirky restaurants, cafes and boutiques. The area has retain its village ambiance which has attracted a young, trendy and festive Parisian population.Don’t expect to find monuments. If you go there it is to enjoy its peaceful streets, its silence and its greenery. It is also a great spot for street art lovers (see Rue des Cinq Diamants)Here are a few addresses you should check if you go there:

– Villa Daviel and nearby streets

– The 19th century Place Paul Verlaine

– Le Temps des Cerises, for a typical French restaurant (€€)

– La Folie en Tête (33 Rue de la Butte aux Cailles), to stay late in the night (€€)

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Address 13th arrondissement, around the Rue de la Butte aux Cailles and the Place Paul Verlaine
How to go there? Metro 6 Corvisart, Metro 5,6 & 7 Place d’Italie

La Petite Ceinture – Walk along a former railway

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Description The Petite Ceinture is a 17 miles railway around central Paris. Built between 1852 and 1869 (during the Second Empire) to connect the different train stations of Paris, this railway was one of the first suburban transit system in the world, but it fell into disuse during the 30’s with the success of the Metro.Abandoned since then, the Petite Ceinture has become a biodiversity sanctuary in a big urban city such as Paris. It provides shelter for more than 200 species of plants and no less than 70 animal species1,3km of this former railway was opened to the public in the 15th arrondissement last summer. The path overlooks an interesting mix of architecture: classic stone facades, brick buildings, newer balconied apartments, even the Eiffel Tower sometimes.

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Price Free access
Address From Balard until the rue Olivier de Serres
Website For more information : http://www.paris.fr/accueil/paris-mag/un-nouveau-troncon-de-petite-ceinture-ouvre-au-public/rub_9683_actu_134340_port_23863 (sorry it’s in french)
Hours Mon. to Fri.: 9 am – 4.45 pm (in the winter) & 8.30 pm (in the summer)Sat. to Sun.: 9.30 am – 4.45 pm (in the winter) & 8.30 pm (in the summer)
How to go there? Metro 8 Balard / Metro 12 Porte de Versailles

Parc des Buttes Chaumont – Fresh air and relaxation

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Description The Parc des Buttes Chaumont is a public park located in the 19th District. With a size of almost 25 hectares it is the fifth biggest park in Paris after the Bois de Vincennes, the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc de la Villette, and the Tuileries Garden. But it is by far the most romantic one!Created in 1867, this urban park has roads and paths so that you can easily cross it even with a pushchair..

The most famous feature of the park is the Temple de la Sibylle, a miniature of the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli (Italy), perched at the top of a cliff thirty metres.

This park is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and have a break after a long day of visits. You can sit on the grass along the artificial lake.

During the evening you can go to the famous guinguette called Rosa Bonheur and have some drinks.

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Price Free entrance
Address Rue Botzaris / Rue Manin / Rue de Crimée 75019 Paris
Hours Mon. to Sun.: 7 a.m to 8 p.mMon. to Sun.: 7 a.m to 22 p.m (during the summer)
How to go there ? Metro 7bis Buttes Chaumont or BotzarisMetro 11 Pyrénées (5 min walk)