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Viaduc des Arts

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Address: Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France
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These arches over the avenue Daumesnil tower over a block of interesting...

These arches over the avenue Daumesnil tower over a block of interesting shops.

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Pleasant walk above the city streets

The Viaduc des Arts is a former railway viaduct which has been refurbished and converted into an elevated walkway. The arches below have been let out to various businesses, shops... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 December 2016
Brian D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We started at the Bastille end and walked as far as Bel-Air metro station. The first part of the walk was elevated, as per its New York high line equivalent. In February the plants are principally out of flower but did see a few trees in blossom. There are occasional interesting buildings en-route, especially where the path appears to slice... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

The Viaduc des Arts is a former railway viaduct which has been refurbished and converted into an elevated walkway. The arches below have been let out to various businesses, shops and boutiques. The upper part is planted and makes a very pleasant walk, a nice change from the busier streets below. You can access it easily from near the Bastille... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Wanted to stretch our legs a bit after reaching our accommodation in Jussieu following a long train journey. Took in this viaduct along the way. Nice walk among the greenery and some good elevated views. Good to see that the arches below are used too, having been refurbished and provided with smart glazed fronts, some being occupied by swanky shops... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Amongst all the artisan and artist workshops I saw at the Viaduc des Arts, the Parasolerie Heurtault was my favourite. Michel Heurtault creates bespoke umbrellas for people or the movie and theatre industry, and restores old umbrellas and parasols as well. His workshop is like an umbrella museum : there were parasols from the tv series Versailles in his store-front....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I have wanted to do this forever and so happy I finally did!!!! If I lived here I would be in heaven. The Promenade Plante is a great park on top of an old viaduct surrounded by plants, flowers and trees. Just another way to escape the city in one of the many green spaces. The Viaduc des Arts, below,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The Viaduc des Arts and the Promenade Plantée are a bunch of artisanal shops under the arches of an old viaduct, and a long planted path (sort of like NYC's High Line, which post-dates this). It's worth a walk along the many shops along Ave Daumesnil, and worth a walk back along the Promenade itself. Its a great urban space.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We walked the old viaduct turned park and were surprised to find deep rooted trees and really nicely configured garden. It is above the traffic and had some romantic views of the streets. Joggers love it and cyclists don't use it. We walked back at ground level and marvelled at the small businesses using the spaces under the arches. Glass... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

I was curious to walk this Promenade Plante, at least to compare it to the Highline in NYC. I also was quite disappointed as the views were ordinary and the walk itself had greenery but almost no flowers. Not worth going out of your way or spending your time.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

What a disappointment. No arts whatsoever. A flat, boring walk. Even the garden were nothing spectacular at all. Nice walk for Grandma's but if you're visiting Paris, use your time more wisely than this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We walked along the Viaduc des Arts from Bastille to Bois des Vicennes but did not get a chance to visit the shops in the arches underneath. Next time , and I hope that there is a next time I would start at Bois de Vicennes as the walk is nicer at the Bastille end.

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