A different Paris

From La Villette to the François Mitterrand library, a walk to discover a different, little-known part of Paris.

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Make a start at La Villette by exploring the Cité des Sciences, its exhibitions and interactive centres. Once your brain cells have been exercised, take yourself for a walk along the Canal Saint-Martin and appreciate the opportunity to catch up on a former working-class area now newly fashionable. The banks of the canal are lined with cheerful bistros where you can stop for lunch.

Setting off from the place de la République situated a little further south, you will find yourself in Beaubourg and the Pompidou Centre in just a handful of metro stops, for a look at the latest must-see exhibition. Then drink in the special charm of the banks of the Seine River with a stroll as far as the Institut du Monde Arabe and, a little further on, bring the day to a close with dinner at the water’s edge at the threshold of the new ultra modern district around the National Library.

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