La Rue des Thermopyles is one of those streets you wouldn’t normally see when you’re in Paris. For starters, it’s well outside the areas most people visit on a weekend break in the French capital and secondly, you simply wouldn’t know it’s there, even if you’d end up in the 14th district. I only knew about it because I’m such a big nerd when it comes to Paris – I’d seen it pop up somewhere in a magazine and immediately wrote it down as a ‘to do’ in my little notebook.
So when I was in Paris over the Easter weekend last month, I promised my friend Audrey I’d show her a ‘magnificent place, something she’d never seen before’. That was probably slightly exaggerated, but hey, I wanted her to be excited about the fact that she was going to spend her day off roaming around Paris with me… Anyhow, I managed to sell it to her (or she was just being a good friend, which is more likely) and that’s how we ended up in la Rue des Thermopyles on that sunny Friday afternoon. A classic case of pictures saying more than a thousand words I think, so here we go:
If it’s your first time in Paris and you’ve only got a couple of days, I wouldn’t go all the way down to the 14th district – there are other things I think you should see first. But if you have, let’s say 5 days or more, a trip to this lesser known area of the French capital is a great way to discover some of the ‘real Paris’ as I like to call it. Go for a traditional, super tasty lunch at les Petits Plats first (see my previous post), followed by a stroll through la Rue des Thermopyles – you’ll see a whole other side of la Ville Lumière!
La Rue des Thermopyles, 75014, Paris. Métro line 13, stop: Pernéty.
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