Paris off the beaten tracks #2: the 20th arrondissement

O Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe… It is so beautiful and romantic…


But wait! If you have been to Paris, you will know that there is a darker side: the crowded streets, the huge lines to enter a museum, the smelly metro, the “friendly” Parisians… When you live in Paris you sometimes need to escape from all of this.

It is not as hard as you might think! There are plenty of quiet little streets, where you will feel far away from the Parisian frenzy. You just need to explore and get off the beaten tracks.

The 20th arrondissement of Paris is full of pleasant little streets that not many tourists know of. Here are some of them.

The dead-ends near the Avron Metro station

Just a few steps away from the gigantic place de la Nation, you will feel like in a little village.

Just get off the metro at the Avron station (Metro ligne 2). Take the boulevard Charonne, and then turn right on Rue des Vignoles. This is where you will find 3 bucolic dead-ends that will take you far away from Paris: impasse Rolleboise (20 rue des Vignoles), impasse Poule (24 rue des Vignoles) and impasse des Souhaits (31 bis rue des Vignoles).


La rue Irénée Blanc

Irénée Blanc street is another little hidden gem. With its lovely houses, this quiet street takes us far away from the French capital.

Just get off at Bagnolet station and take Martin Garat street and Geo Chavez street. You will reach Irénée Blanc street via the lovely stairs of Père Prosper Enfantin street.


La rue Laurence Savart

Let’s continue with beautiful Laurence Savart street. Get off at metro station Menilmontant and then take Menilmontant street.


La cité de l’Ermitage

Let’s finish with the cité de l’Ermitage dead-end. You will also have to get off at metro station Menilmontant and take Menilmontant street.



That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed this parisian stroll.

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