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Viaduc des Arts Tours

Viaduc des Arts
Few places offer travelers a shopping experience comparable to that of Viaduc des Arts, on the edge of the Bastille district of Paris. Tucked beneath the restored railway arches, dozens of one-of-a-kind shops sell the wares of local artisans, from cabinetmakers to textile artists, fashion designers to painters.

The Basics
You can browse the shops of Viaduc des Arts independently, or join one of the many small-group walking tours of the Bastille district that also explore this area. These tours guide you to gourmet shops (including Alain Ducasse’s legendary chocolate shop) and bustling food markets, and also typically visit the Place de la Bastille and the Port de l’Arsenal, where the Canal Saint-Martin joins the river Seine. Most tours that visit Viaduc des Arts include food tastings.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Viaduc des Arts is a must-visit for shoppers, foodies, and culture lovers.
  • In addition to shops, the area has plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from.
  • The Viaduc des Arts offers a great way to learn about the city’s artisans. You can watch flute makers, glassblowers, painting conservators, violin-bow makers, and more at work.

How to Get There
Viaduc des Arts is located in the heart of Paris, in the bustling Gare de Lyon/Bercy neighborhood, on the edge of the Bastille district. The closest Paris Metro station is Bastille, which is on lines 1, 5, and 8.

When to Get There
The shops and boutiques of the Viaduc des Arts have varying hours—check ahead. Saturdays and Sundays are typically the busiest times here, and though you may have to battle some crowds, visiting on the weekend offers an appealing glimpse into Parisian life. The Promenade Plantée is open from sunrise to sundown (although times vary according to the seasons).

Promenade Plantée
After combing through the oddities and artwork of Viaduc des Arts, visitors can wander the gardens of the Promenade Plantée, an elevated park just above the shops that stretches almost 1 mile (1.3 kilometers) from Place de la Bastille to Jardin de Reuilly. The promenade is said to have inspired New York City’s High Line.
Address: Avenue Daumesnil, Paris 75012, France
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Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour

Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour

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Explore gourmet shops and bustling food markets in Paris on this 3-hour walking tour of the Bastille district. Follow your guide from the Place de la Bastille to the Port de l’Arsenal, where the Canal St-Martin joins the Seine River. Stroll beneath the trees along the Promenade Plantée and admire the Viaduc des Arts. Visit Alain Ducasse’s famous chocolate shop, wander through traditional food markets and learn of the French Revolution in 18th-century Paris. Your tour size is limited to eight people to ensure a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.51
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$117.51

Withlocals 10 Tastings: Covid-19 Regulated Private Food Tour

Withlocals 10 Tastings: Covid-19 Regulated Private Food Tour

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Are you a fan of French food? Or do you just love food in general? Bring your appetite for this private foodie tour in Paris, and get ready for a trove of delectable delights. Discover the food scene at the Marché d'Aligre as well as cheeses, crepes, and coffee at other local gems. Enjoy multiple tastings, a wonderful mix of sweet bites and savory snacks that have been carefully curated by your personalized guide—avec plaisir!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$137.53
Price varies by group size
From
$137.53
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Walking tour in Faubourg Saint Antoine

Walking tour in Faubourg Saint Antoine

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I propose you to discover the old artisan and worker heart of Paris. A district born in the Middle Ages outside the walls of the town but which greatly contributed to forge its destiny. Here the history of Paris was written, not the History of kings and queens, but that of workers. Here won't admire the great monuments or the large boulevards, but small, old shops and narrow, twisted alleys. Come and discover the Paris you don't expect! We'll start our tour in Place de la Bastille, emblem of the French Revolution, where we will tell the true story and refute false myths. Then it's off for a 2-hour stroll through the heart of the Saint Antoine district and its secret passages. Small detour in the district of Aligre to visit its market and its ancient shops. We will end with a walk between Viaduc des Arts and Coulée Verte to admire the Made in Paris handicrafts and the rooftops from the top of a hanging garden.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$18.26
Price varies by group size
From
$18.26
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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