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.
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.