Secret Paris: La Cité Florale

Secret Paris: La Cité Florale

I love urban villages. As much as I appreciate the sense of freedom and endless possibilities that comes with big cities, I always end up looking for some kind of peace and quiet. You know, a tranquil oasis in the midst of an otherwise pretty chaotic and intense environment. Someplace so very un-city like that it makes you forget you’re in a buzzing capital, somewhere almost magical. La Cité Florale is exactly that.

Those of you who’ve followed my blog recently know that there’s another urban village in the 13 district, namely la Butte-aux-Cailles. La Cité Florale is definitely not as big, but at least as pretty and even more peaceful as its big brother. Here’s a little photo tour to give you an idea about this tiny town.

Secret Paris: La Cité Florale

 

Secret Paris: La Cité Florale

Secret Paris: La Cité Florale

Secret Paris: La Cité Florale

Secret Paris: La Cité Florale

A Stone’s Throw Away
Just around the corner from la Cité Florale lies Montsouris Park – perfect on a sunny day – and if you want to go for a stroll after your visit to la Cité Florale. Oh and for the epicureans among you; they sell delicious crêpes aux Nutella (Nutella pancakes) in the Montsouris Park… Those alone make it worth the modest detour if you ask me!

Okay, so when to go? In fairness, I wouldn’t go all the way to the 13th district just to see la Cité Florale, it simply isn’t big enough to be an afternoon filling activity. But it’s great in combination with a visit to either la Butte-aux-Cailles, the Monstouris Park – or after a way too big a lunch at Chez Gladines.

To give you an idea, here’s what I did on my day in the 13th district: Start on la Butte-aux-Cailles to admire the stunning street art over there. Then go for a massive meal full of South-Western French flavours. After lunch you stroll to la Cité Florale and soak up the tranquility there. By the time you’ve got a little room in your stomach again you’ve walked to Montsouris Park and are ready for your crêpe au Nutella 😉

La Cité Florale, 75013, Paris. Metro line 7, stop: Tolbiac.

Happy city-escaping!

Love,
Neelie

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37 thoughts on “Secret Paris: La Cité Florale

  1. Bien écrit! Your pictures are très belle, they make me want to drop everything and get on a plane to France! I’m following you on bloglovin, so I look forward to reading future posts 🙂

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      1. Have you been to la Butte-aux-Cailles in the 13th yet? If not, then maybe go there first, it’s such a nice village-ish area and calm too! One of my favourites 🙂

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  2. I love your photos. I’ve been to France a couple of time in my early and late teens, but feel like I would appreciate it so much more now. You make it look so relaxing and beautiful.

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  3. I can picture myself wondering through the narrow streets that open up to the plazas of this neighborhood. It reminds me of when I used to live in Spain and walk by myself around towns right after lunch when the day quiets down for them and they retreat to their homes for siesta. The streets and plazas where quiet and tranquil like you portray here. Very pretty pictures. I so want to return to France soon! Thanks for sharing!

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