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Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette

Paris’ largest green (55 hectares) and a prototype 21st-century city park , featuring concert halls, cinemas and theatres – as well as the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, the Cité de la Musique, and more. It is ever multicultural, always festive.


Opened in 1979
55 hectares

Don’t miss

The themed gardens, expansive prairies, follies, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Géode, concerts, and more.

Getting there

- 211 avenue Jean-Jaurès (Paris 19)
- Metro: Porte de Pantin or Porte de la Villette

Opening hours

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Attractions and amenities

- Play areas and attractions year round
- Enquiries: +33(0)1 40 03 75 75

Art and architecture
Parc de la Villette was built where the Paris abattoirs once stood. It skirts Paris on one side and the suburbs on the other, and has struck a distinctive balance between natural areas and architecture. Highlights include time-out attractions, and exhibitions, performance and debate venues (the Grande Halle, Pavillon Delouvrier, Maison de la Villette, marquees, cabarets, Parquet de Bal and Cité de la Musique). It is also home to a number of cultural-scene highlights (the Conservatoire National, Théâtre Paris-Villette, Tarmac (formerly Théâtre International de Langue Française), and to the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. You can also enjoy a unique cinema experience in the Géode (Cinaxe), a concert at the Zénith or Trabendo, and a show at the Cabaret Sauvage.
Bernard Tschumi designed Parc de la Villette as a vast park where city dwellers can enjoy a walk or ride through virtually endless settings and backdrops.
This park  also plays host to musical festivals (the La Villette Jazz Festival), and its well-known, free-of-charge bals-concerts, revisiting France’s traditional music-and-dance restaurants, at 5.00 pm Sundays in July and August. It is also home to an open-air cinema festival – so don’t miss the opportunity to watch a film lying on the grass or a deckchair!

La Villette website 


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