Happy Sunday! While autumn currently seems to be kicking off here in London, I’m wondering where the past six months went. I feel like I only just got used to those deliciously long days that are now shortening again. But since today typically is one of those cuddle-up-and-stay-inside Sundays, I thought I’d take you back to that spring weekend in Paris earlier this year. Back to that beautiful sunny day in March on la Butte-aux-Cailles, one of the seven hills of the French capital.
An Urban Village
While la Butte-aux-Cailles undoubtedly is a part of Paris, the neighbourhood oozes this pleasant, village-like vibe. You know, one of those places where people still know each other by name. A community in which, when you stop for a cup of coffee at the local café, everyone chats with the owner. It’s probably what I love most about this area and something that’s becoming more and more rare, especially in big cities.
There are quite a few restaurants on la Butte-aux-Cailles, one of them being Chez Gladines (you can read all about this place in my post about it, just go here). In this quirky restaurant on the corner of an alleyway and la Rue des Cinq Diamants you get traditional basque food. In other words: copious, comforting dishes accompanied with a carafe of friendly wine. A great place to warm up after a windy autumn afternoon of exploring.
For me, la Butte-aux-Cailles is Paris at its best; it has the cobblestones, shutters and pretty Parisian details that I love, but with an arty, urban twist – thanks to the streetart you see everywhere. I’ve written a post about the area’s hidden street art before – go here if you missed it. As for the cobblestones, shutters and pretty Parisian details: I’ll let you have a look at some of the snaps I took.
Have you been to la Butte-aux-Cailles? If you have, I’d love to know what you thought about it!
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La Butte-aux-Cailles, 75013, Paris. Metro: Line 6, Corvisart station.