Relaxing Paris Oasis: Promenade Plantée
In the past ten years the idea of finding ways to reduce stress has become increasingly popular. During my last visit to Paris, I discovered the perfect place to relax and be mindful: the Promenade Plantée (“tree-lined parkway”).
Promenade Plantee was built on the tracks of the former Vincennes railway which connected the Bastille station to Verneuil-l’Etang, passing through Vincennes (Wikipedia). The line stopped operating in 1969 and the area went through a renovation from the 1980s into the early 1990s. The Promenade was designed by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely.
Locating The Promenade Plantée (La Coulée Verte)
Paris has many beautiful parks and gardens but this is entirely different. The Promenade, also called Coulée Verte René-Dumont, follows the old Vincennes railway line and is an oasis above the busy streets of Paris. Calling it a “parkway” is odd as I think of a parkway as a busy street. The Promenade is a long tree-lined walkway and if you didn’t know what to look for, you likely would never find it.
Location: south-east of the Bastille
The easiest way to get to La Coulee Verte Paris: when you are at Place de la Bastille, walk 220 metres south on Rue de Lyon then left on Avenue Daumesnil. You will see a stairway entrance on your left: Le Viaduct des Arts.
It’s not very attractive looking and you may even see graffiti; however, upon reaching the top of the stairway, you will see this:
Follow the walkway for almost 5 kilometres. There are also ramps and elevators and one section allows bicycles. Looking across and down from the Promenade, you will have splendid views of the architecture and streets of the 12th arrondissement.
Take your time, take a seat on a bench, take a break, and savour the peaceful atmosphere.
After Your Visit….
Head back to the Bastille and then go east to Blé Sucre, my FAVOURITE place for croissants, pastries, salads and desserts. Pastry chef, David Lebovitz loves this place too. I discovered this gem thru him. Check out my post: An American In Paris: Following David Lebovitz. See the map above for the location: 7 Rue Antoine Vollon
I think the Promenade Plantée is a brilliant way to be in the city but above it when you want a break from the hustle and bustle on the sidewalks. What a great find!
Thank you. I love finding hidden-away places in cities I visit.
Promenade planter sounds like a green oasis in Paris – I wish we had one in Toronto!
Totally agree. The closest we have is the boardwalk.
Every time I read one of your posts Jan I want to pack a bag! You had me at croissants and pastries and a walk along the quiet Promenade Plantée might even burn off some of those calories!
That was my mistake…not picking up a pastry BEFORE I did the walk. I would have enjoyed it even more!
What a lovely getaway from the bustling streets of Paris. Thanks for sharing your secret!
You’re welcome. It’s a great spot.
I’d go just to be able to get the true reward of the croissant and goodies at the Ble Sucre! As always you make me want to leave for Paris immediately.
It’s worth the walk!