19th Arondissement - Buttes Chaumont



Before 1860, when Paris was re-arranged into its present shape, the 19th arrondissement was part of the township of Belleville – and very much the rough end of it. In the north, there were the docks and the municipal slaughterhouses, and with much of the land to the south (after centuries of gypsum mining) being too porous for permanent structures, the entire area had been abandoned to rat-infested knacker's yards, bull-baiting rings and the largest municipal rubbish dump.

 

A daring act of social engineering was to change all that: the Park of Buttes Chaumont, still the town's prettiest, was conceived as an island of gentility whose effects, it was hoped, would eventually radiate to heal the whole district. Or, in the words of Baron Haussmann (the de facto Mayor of Paris at the time): to provide "moral uplift" for the entire area.

After 150 years, however, the Park still has a long way to go, its gentrifying effects having penetrated the area about two blocks deep. The docks along the Canal, meanwhile, have made way for showpiece municipal housing (alongside an art-house cinema and restaurants), while the slaughterhouses have been converted into the Parc de la Villette, France's largest "hands-on" museum for science and technology and well worth a visit, particularly if you travel with kids.



Nightlife

Pavillon Paul Delouvrier
Chapiteau (Le)
Theatre Paris-Villette
Aux Bons Amis
Le Trabendo
Tarmac de la Villette
Atelier du Plateau
Art Studio Theatre
Theatre Le çâ
Bar Ourcq
400 Coups (Les)
Cabaret Des Fous
Cabaret Sauvage
UGC Cine Cite Les Halles
Abracadabar (L')
Cité de la Musique
Théâtre des Artisans
Grande Halle de la Villette
Theatre Clavel
Peniche Opera
104 - Le Centquatre
Conservatoire de Paris
Theatre Paris Villette Petite Salle
Peniche Antipode
Rosa Bonheur
Zénith (Le)
Espace Blues
Peniche Adelaide
Glaz'Art
Théâtre des Deux Rêves
Pena Festayre
Centre d'Animation Curial
Aux Petits JOUEURS
John Lennon Unfinished Music
Pavillon du Lac (Le)
Centre d'Animation Place des Fêtes
Acting International
Theatre de l'Orme
Belushi's
Baroc (Le)
Theatre de la Providence

Attractions

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Rue de la Haie Coq
Parc de la Villette (Le)
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste de Belleville
Parc de la Villette
Cité des Enfants
John Lennon, Unfinished Music
Canal de l'Ourcq (Le)
Paris Canal
Hammam Medina Centre
Le Trabendo
104 - Le Centquatre
Cabaret Des Fous
Pavillon Paul Delouvrier
Rue de Joinville
Chapiteau (Le)
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Eglise Saint-Serge
Hammam Medina Centre
Musée de la Musique
Conservatoire de Paris
Sanctuaire Notre Dame de Fatima

Restaurants

Diners Croisieres Anna-Liza (Les)
Pavillon du Lac (Le)
Glaz'Art
Espace Blues
Laumiere (Le)
400 Coups (Les)
Le Chapeau Melon
Aux Petits JOUEURS
Belushi's
Pavillon Puebla (Le)
Boeuf Couronné (Au)
Tarmac de la Villette
Aux Bons Amis
Baroc (Le)
Mandunga
Peña Festayre

Hotels

Forest-Hill Villette

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