Paris’s Natural 19th Arrondissement

Located on the right bank of the River Seine, the 19th arrondissement is known for its interesting natural and man-made geographical features, including the Canal Saint-Denis, the Canal de l’Ourcq, as well two very popular parks, Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Parc de la Villette. The major tourist draw in this area is the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie’s museum and exhibition center. The Conservatoire de Paris, one of the top music schools in the world, is also located in the 19th arrondissement.

Metro stops: The most commonly used metro stops in the 19th arrondissement are Porte de la Villette, Buttes Chaumont, Place des Fêtes and Belleville.

What to do in Paris’s 19th arrondissement

In addition to outdoor activities like strolling around Buttes-Chaumont or drifting down Canal de l’Ourcq, visitors to the 19th can enjoy cultural activities like visits to the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and Cité de la Musique. Traveling with kids? There’s plenty to suit their fancy in the 19th arrondissement.

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie (City of Science and Industry), 30 avenue Corentin-Cariou (Metro: Porte de la Villette) Since its opening in 1986, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie has drawn over a hundred million visitors. You will be fascinated by the scientific and technological exhibits. While you’re there, catch a show at the Louis Lumière 3D cinema. If you’re traveling with children, be sure to check out Cité des Enfants, an  interactive science museum geared toward children.

Canal de l’Ourcq, 13 Quai de la Loire Bassin de la Villette (Metro: Ourcq) Take a cruise or kayak down this historic channel, constructed in the 19th century to provide drinking water to Parisians.

Buttes-Chaumont, Rue Botzaris (Metro: Buttes-Chaumont). This lush urban oasis is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. From the top of the park’s highest hill, there is a stunning view of the north of Paris. Another highlight is the park’s waterfall, small lake, and “temple” atop a steep cliff.

Cité de la Musique, 221, Avenue Jean-Jaurès (Metro: Porte de Pantin) This unique museum is dedicated to the culture of music. There are plenty of opportunities to learn and listen throughout the visit.

Where to shop in Paris’s  19th arrondissement

The 19th arrondissement is known for its excellent and eclectic outdoor markets. They occur on different days of the week, so you can take advantage of them all!

Marché Villette
Between #27-41 Boulevard de la Villette
Wednesday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm; Saturdays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Belleville

Marché Jean-Jaurès
Avenue Jean-Jaurès (walkway between Rue Adolphe Mille and #195 Avenue Jean Jaures)
Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm;  Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Ourcq

Marché Joinville
Place de Joinville
Open Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm; Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Crimée

Marché Place des Fêtes
Place des Fêtes
Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm; Sundays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Place des Fêtes

Marché Porte Brunet
Avenue de la Porte Brunet
Wednesday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm; Saturdays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Danube

Written by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard for

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  1. says

    Thanks for this article! I am going to Paris the first week in April and am especially interested in the outdoor markets. Nice to see they are on various days – not just the weekends! Yay!

  2. Rachel Gunther says

    Im going to a conference in Paris next week, Nov..for 5 days. The hotel I’ve reserved is in Pantin, 19th arrondissement. Is this a safe area for a single woman to walk around? With all the turmoil happening in Paris, I thought I read that this was one of the areas where rioting occurred. Is this true? Please advise. Thanks so much.
    Rachel Gunther

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