Viaduc des Arts
Viaduc des Arts
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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These arches over the avenue Daumesnil tower over a block of interesting shops.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Amilah
United Kingdom82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
This is a hidden gem in Paris. A lovely elevated linear garden. Beautiful in May. Well worth a visit for a quiet stroll with great views. Feels far removed from the hustle and bustle below.
Written May 7, 2023
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obsoperator
Bergen County, New Jersey7,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
Honestly, we saw as many modern supermarkets and consumer electronics stores here as we did artisans. But there's a very good reason to visit:

There are two other names associated with this attraction. With the French accents omitted, they are: Promenade Plantee, and La Coulee Verte. They refer to the elevated and narrow park that extends well beyond the Viaduc des Arts down to ground level and into the neighborhood of Bercy. Because it's about 10 years old, this old railroad trestle (yes, like The High Line in New York City, but more concrete than steel) has become very green indeed. There are even a few water features, and a wide variety of trees and perennials.

But it's not chic, cultivated green like The High Line. In Paris, they refer to this vegetation as "sauvage", or as we would say, native or natural. It's a very pleasant walk, although there aren't as many flowers as in a public garden. But we did see signs of care and cultivation. One of the two elevators we saw was broken, but the public toilet up along the walkway we saw was in respectable condition. We saw plenty of other visitors, but it was never crowded like The High Line.

There are many staircases to the elvated part of the Promenade Plantee. The first, where it begins, is a short walk from the Bastille Metro station. Take the station exit marked "Sortie Rue de Lyon." Keeping the Bastille Opera House on your left, walk about three blocks on Rue de Lyon. There's a blank brick wall that makes a bulkhead at the start of the viaduct. On the side is a concrete stairway. We didn't go far enough to descend to ground level, but I read that this happens at the prexisting Jardin de Reuilly, near Metro Dugommier or Metro Montgalle. You can see the Gare de Lyon railroad station from the Promenade, so if you're dropping someone off there, this would be a good place to visit afterwards. We went on to the Jardin Des Plantes beside the Gare D'Austerlitz, which is not really far, but we took the Metro rather than walking. Note that Metro Bastille is a good sightseeing location, near the Place des Vosges, the canalboat ride terminal, and Isle St. Louis.
Written July 30, 2012
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travXs2
Palm Beach Gardens, FL38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
My husband and I were looking for a place to take a leisurely stroll in Paris. We've done all the usual but the usual didn't include areas around the Bastille Metro and that's the #1 metro and so easy to find. Once at the Bastille Metro we located Promenade Plantee, a 3 mile urban stroll on a paved walkway through flower gardens and overlooking really beautiful buildings, We accessed it by heading from the station down Rue Lyon and then unto Rue Daumesnil. Right away we saw steps heading up to the Promenade. We walked only about a mile on the paved path and then took the steps down to Rue Daumesnil where we expected to browse in the shops of the artisans who are located below the Promenade. Unfortunately, because these are working shops where very talented tradespeople are actually creating their craft, it's open hours are scarce, like not weekends and Mondays. Even open it wouldn't be places to make purchases unless you live in Paris, want to wait a year for your order or just have money to support the arts. There are plenty of cafes to have a drink in. We stopped at the one with the big US canopy.
Written June 9, 2014
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Default72915
Paris, France6,932 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
Went walking here with friends, expecting to see ateliers full of artisans busy at their crafts. With the exception of a lute-maker, one framer, one weaver and one shop filled with eco-friendly crafts from Africa, the rest of the viaduc is filled with the same stuff you can find in any large department store. There were a couple of airport-style cafes that we didn't even want to try - even just to get out of the rain. I had visited the viaduc about 5 years ago, and it was full of wonderful things to see and buy. It was a big let-down, to say the least.

We did go to a cafe across the street, which was ordinary but nice enough for a coffee. When the rain stopped, we decided to literally take the high road and walked back to our neighborhood via the planted walkway on top of the viaduc. This was lovely, and would probably be even better in nice weather.

As for the Arts and Artists, this is apparently some marketing attempt gone wrong. Don't waste your time.
Written November 5, 2012
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taxguru56
Vancouver, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
The New York Highline is amazing but I think the Viaduc des Arts may be more impressive. The mature trees and the unbelievable gardens with so many rose bushes are extraordinary. An oasis in a huge city and far away from the crowds. If you're tired of bumping elbows with all the tour groups around the major sites then take the Metro and enjoy the serenity and beauty of the highline. Simply amazing!
Written June 3, 2019
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Marcia S
Sao Paulo, SP47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
for those who enjoy walking and getting to know different places without tourists, with charming shops
Written June 7, 2015
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Robert S
Brisbane, Australia112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
I just loved this above street level garden on an old railway line; think the High Line in New York City. A great idea for a park and a really pleasant experience for some exercise or just a stroll. You get to see some interesting local buildings at above ground level as well.

There are fancy shops underneath but those didn't interest me so much but may be for others so I stuck to the park.
Written December 13, 2014
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dk701
Seoul, South Korea6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We found this place with many difficulties but were really disappointed to find that most shops are closed and out of business. A neighbor said this shutdown was about 4 months ago. The really disappointing thing is the wrong map of Tripadvisor. It is true that the Viaduc is located on Av. Daumesnil but not between Metro Daumesnil station and Michel Bizot station as shown in the Tripadvisor map. It is located in upper Av. Daumesnil. We wasted around one hour due to this mistake. We want Tripadvisor to correct it appropriately.
Written June 9, 2013
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rpmcestmoi
Irvine, CA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This once partially disused and misused viaduct was transformed by the state into a serries of artisan shops, restuarants, and exhibit spaces. Hats, instrument repairs, asian tchotchkies,, lunch---plain or fancy...all gathered in this very pleasant space on Dumesnil just behind Gare de Lyon. And to top all of that, a mile loong garden above!! How it has grown since its opening. A very pleasant and interesting place to walk, to read, to gawk...particularly at the atchitectural conceits in the neighborhood, the old against the new, and the sexiedst police station facade on earth!!
Written May 27, 2005
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LarryInBrookline
Boston34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
Beautiful stores selling interesting items, lots of artisans engaging in their crafts. A totally enjoyable walk of discovery. And, of course, the coulee verte, is right above. I completely disagree with the negative review of the prior reviewer, westwilshire, perhaps they suffered from visiting in August when Parisians are away and shops are closed.
Written October 20, 2017
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