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12e Arrondissement

Right bank, Bois de Vincennes / Gare de Lyon
The 12th’s major attraction remains the Bois de Vincennes, a sprawling park on the eastern periphery of Paris . It’s been a longtime favorite of French families who enjoy its zoos and museums, its royal chateau and boating lakes, and most definitely, the Parc Floral de Paris, a celebrated flower garden whose springtime rhododendrons and autumn dahlias are among the major lures of the city.

Gare de Lyon

The dreary  Gare de Lyon also lies in the 12th. This district, once a depressing urban wasteland, has been singled out for a multimillion-dollar resuscitation, and will soon sport new housing, shops, gardens, and restaurants. Many of these new structures will occupy the site of the former Reuilly railroad tracks.

Le Marché, place d’Aligre

The 12th has its charms, but they need to be sought out; Le Marché at place d’Aligre, for example, is surrounded by a Middle Eastern food market and is a good place to hunt for second hand bargains: everything is cheap, and although you must search hard for treasures, they often appear.


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Restaurants in the 12e

Le Baron Rouge… really only a bar, but ‘a piece of old Paris’….read more

L’Ebauchoir… just what a Parisien bistro should be like….read more

Le China…. An experience to encounter….read more

List of attractions in the 12eme

List of attractions in the 12eme

Bercy Village, 28 rue François-Truffaut, 75012
Bois de Vincennes, (Annexed to Eastern 12eme)
Fontaine de la Porte Dorée, Boulevard Soult and Boulevard Poniatowski, 75012
Gare de Lyon, Blvd Diderot, 75012
Opéra de la Bastille, Place de la Bastille, 75012
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, 8 Boulevard de Bercy, 75012
Parc de Bercy,  128 Quai de Bercy, 75012
Parc Floral de Paris,  Route du Champ de Manoeuvre, 75012
Place de la Bastille, 75012
Place de la Nation, 75012
Promenade Plantée or Coulée verte, Quinze-Vingts, 75012
Viaduc des Arts,  83 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012


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