Bercy Village, Paris of antan!!!

And yes this is sublime Paris! I came for the museum and then hook up with the ambiance to come alone and with family and with friends, and even business meeting nearby, all wonderful memories. I like to update this post from 2018 and time to serve credit to the Bercy Village of Paris!

Now keeping in line of the fine places to see in Paris away from most visitors on the off the beaten path ,however, nice to visit and enjoy the culinary historical eternal Paris. I will tell a bit on Bercy Village. This is a nice place especially if come at night, with plenty of nice restaurant in a quant chic place in my eternal Paris.

Bercy Village is a commercial and leisure center based in the 12éme arrondissement of Paris, inaugurated in May 2000, and open to the public in 2002 It is served by the metro line 14 stop Cour Saint-Émilion.  The Cour Saint-Émilion, another name given to Bercy Village, is pleasant for its atypical, almost exotic atmosphere. This pedestrian area, built around old wine halls, is unlike any other in Paris,  here, no Haussmannian buildings, but only old buildings in white stone and with pointed roofs now housing large boutiques. stores or restaurants of all kinds. 46 19C cellars divided into two rows and separated by a paved courtyard, where visitors wander, when they are not taking a seat on one of the many terraces for food.  This was built on the place of the old storehouses and warehouses of Bercy the place was an important place of the market and the logistics of the wine in the 19C and the beginning of the 20C. You notice on this small alley the presence of old rails. Enough to guide us even further on the history of the place! In the 19C, the largest wine and spirits market in the world was held there: the Cour Saint-Émilion served as a huge warehouse and sales counter for wines, previously bottled not far from there, in Bercy. Beverages transported by the Seine directly from the Yonne, Burgundy, Algeria, or by train via the Gare de Lyon from the Midi. At that time, wine lovers liked to go to Bercy warehouses where alcohol was zero-rated, at least until the neighborhood was annexed to Paris in 1860, which proclaimed the end of this tax benefit.

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There are now some thirty shops and restaurants nestled in these old warehouses, giving a very nice architectural side, human size, cozy. A movie theater complex is also located at the end of the street as well as several hotel chains. The neighborhood is nowadays very lively and comes alive even more when demonstrations take place at the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy (now known as the AccorHotels Arena)Bercy Village is adjacent to a small quiet park very nice too.

To imagine the activity of the time, nothing like to go a few steps away, at the pavilions of Bercy, which once housed the Chais Lheureux, the name of the pupil of the architect Victor Baltard (of Halles and others fame). Just a few meters from the Cour Saint-Émilion, on the edge of the rue des Canoes, there are six large cellars of millstone stones with a very industrial appearance, metal structures, rails , or even brick vaults used as passageways. Far from the appearance of a sanitized hair of Bercy Village, the soul of the place and its past are more palpable. But if the exterior keeps its form of yesteryear, the interior of the cellars is now invested by the magnificent Museum of Fairground Arts or musée des Arts forains.

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With family or friends, Bercy Village is a pedestrian place of leisure and pleasure… a small parenthesis without a car, in a historical place out of time. Perfect for an outing with family or friends during an evening or even during the day.

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here are:

The official Bercy Village webpage: https://www.bercyvillage.com/tourisme

The Paris tourist office on Bercy Village: https://en.parisinfo.com/shopping-paris/73909/Bercy-Village

The regional Île de France tourist board on the Bercy Village: https://www.visitparisregion.com/en/bercy-village

Hope you enjoy it and do stop by very lively fun spot in a quaint old corner of my eternal Paris. Remember the Bercy Village while in Paris!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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