Exciting new spaces in Paris

For once I am giving the urban planners of Paris a cautious thumbs up: this summer not one, but two new public, urban spaces opened! And, to boot, they are great for the whole family.

On the right bank, after being a massive building site for a long while, the new Place de La Republique is finally ready. It is hated by all taxi drivers, who get stuck at the red lights, but it is loved in the neighbourhood. Some of the top attractions are the toy library, where you can borrow for free anything from chess to stilts to baby toys. There is also a great little water park for children right beside a lovely café/restaurant. The new trees are still small and their could be more play areas, but in general this space has some great potential.

Over on the left bank a much bigger project is slowly coming together: a long stretch of the banks of the Seine (from the Musée d’Orsay to the Pont d’Alma) has been closed down to traffic and now is solely pedestrian. It is not quite finished yet, but there are already amazing play areas and great restaurants on barges and along the banks. It is such a treat to have access to the river, something that was really lacking in Paris.

It is so nice to see an old city like Paris still constantly evolving and adapting to its population!

– Emilie

3 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Jen | October 11, 2013 | Reply

Thanks for the great peak into what’s happening in Paris. Not lately because I have a baby now- but I used to take yearly or bi-yearly trips there and stay for months at a time. It’s a city that’s in my heart, that I miss so much and I love when you post about it. It brings that spark back to me. Thanks :)

2. Esther in Amsterdam | October 11, 2013 | Reply

I love the new Place de la Republique! The toy library is such a great idea, and I love how well it is being used — by all ages! xxx

3. Joanne Lam | October 15, 2013 | Reply

Wow! That looks amazing. The river looks like the ideal place to hang out with kids and explore. Maybe to sit, have an ice cream and read a book. Dreaming about it already!

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