With narrow cobblestones streets and a list of interesting street cafes, restaurants, bars, and boutiques, plus the feeling of art all around you, the peaceful Butte-aux-Cailles (some people call it the village of Paris) is a must visit if you want to get to know one of the not very famous Paris neighborhoods. If you live in Paris and have never been here, then GO; and if planning to visit Paris, this should definitely be on your list! Where else would you find young Parisians drinking from plastic cups from the sidewalks outside the bars?

The easiest way for you to get to the Butte-aux-Cailles is by Metro. Take line 5 and alight at Corvisart station. Climb the long and narrow Rue des Cinq Diamants and voila! You are on the Butte! When you get to the top of the street, then you are sure you can take whichever route from here and not get lost.

La Butte Aux Cailles  

While at the Butte-aux-Cailles, some of the places you want to check out include:

  • Art-nouveau houses: From Rue Daviel, you can explore the adjoining Villa Daviel and nearby streets for example of art-nouveau architecture.
  • The 19th century Place Paul Verlaine: Fill your drinking bottle with natural spring water which is totally safe for drinking and that is used to fill the art-nouveau style swimming pool just behind the well.
  • Alsacian Villa: Visit the interior courtyards of Little Alsace and Little Russia on rue Daviel, built to resemble traditional buildings in Northern France and Russia.
  • Paris Mythique: You will get souvenirs yes, but those of a different kind from what you would normally get in any other Paris shop. This includes reproductions of works by street artists.
La Butte Aux Cailles

 

 

Also, do not hesitate to devour the mouth watering foods sold in this neighborhood. Some of the restaurants I would recommend include:

  • Le temps des Cerises: Get the best steamed mussels at unbelievable prices, right across the street from Chez Gladines, and down it with some decent wine.
  • Chez Gladines: This should be one of the best deals for your money in a La Butte aux Cailles restaurant!
  • Catch up with an old friend or read a book at the L'Oisive while sipping on your afternoon tea.

 

You will also get to see many 'Velibs'-free bikes in Paris-with almost all road signs having a bike symbol, which are also drawn on the street floors.

La Butte Aux Cailles 

To get the best touristic walk of Butte-aux-Cailles, visit it on a Sunday morning, when the locals are still asleep or indoors, after a long Saturday night. At this time, you can take beautiful photos without any distractions.