5 favourite Ile Saint-Louis addresses

The Ile Saint-Louis is synonymous with its bridges, its streets, its tourists and its quays of course, where everyone can sit on a lovely summer’s evening to enjoy the view and the quiet that reigns there.
The island also has quite a few good addresses that we’re going to share with you here.

Le Sergent Recruteur

Opened in 2012 by Cedric Naudon, this restaurant has already become a neigbhourhood favorite. The star-studded chef, Antonin Bonnet has but one obsession, taste. It’s why he only cooks with authentic and natural produce, heirloom vegetables, matured meet…
If you can afford it, you have no reason to stay away! Prices range between 48 € (lunch menu) to 145 € (dinner menu).
Practical information
41 rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile, 75004 Paris
Tel : 01.43.54.75.42
Pont Marie or Sully Morland tube stations
Closed Sunday and Monday, open Tuesday to Saturday between 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and between 7.30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

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Pain d’Epices

This is the island’s tea house! You will even be able to enjoy lunch there but it is particularly famous for the Maison Berthillon’s pastries and ice creams. If you’re an early riser, you might even get to see famous French journalist Melissa Theuriau enjoying her breakfast there.
Practical information
12 rue Jean du Bellay, 75004 Paris
Tel : 01.47.70.08.68
Pont Marie or Sully Morland tube stations
Open daily between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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La Charlotte de l’Isle

Forget about Angelina… this restaurant’s hot chocolate is divine, which is why many of those who have tasted it say it’s the best hot chocolate in Paris. You don’t like hot chocolate? What a pity, but no worries: they also offer a whole range of teas. You can also enjoy a slice of cake with your hot drink. They also offer lovely brunches over the weekend.
Practical information
24 rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile, 75004 Paris
Tel: 01.43.54.25.83
Pont Marie or Sully Morland tube stations
Open Wednesday between 2 p.m. and 7 pm. and Thursday to Sunday between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


 

The Pledge

For chilled after-work drinks (or before work, for that matter), head to this bar with a warm atmosphere.
This is such a social place that if you end up leaving without having chatted to anyone, there’s probably something wrong with you! You will even be able to eat on the go with cheese or cold meat platters!
Practical information
19 rue des Deux-Ponts, 75004 Paris
Tel : 09.66.96.37.53
Pont Marie or Sully Morland tube stations
Open Sunday and Monday between 5 p.m. to 2 a.m; rest of the week, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Berthillon

We can’t end this list without mentioning THE most well-known shop on the island and THE Paris ice cream shop. If you’re nearby, you must go have a taste. Which is the ice cream that will tempt you? The Irish coffee or the salted butter caramel one? They also have a great variety of sherbets, such as the wild strawberry one.
If you have the patience to queue, then you will be rewarded with exceptional ice creams!
Practical information
31 rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile, 75004 Paris
Tel : 01.43.54.31.61
Pont Marie or Sully Morland tube stations
Open Wednesday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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Café Richelieu at the Louvre Museum

Napoleon III’s Finance Minister probably never imagined that over a century and a half later, his office would house a coffee shop!
Café Richelieu, located between Napoleon III’s apartments and the Works of Art Department, was decorated by renowned designers such as Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Daniel Buren and Jean-Pierre Reynaud.
 
 
 
In this décor that is both modern and historical, you will enjoy food from Angelina’s.
You might discover the famous restaurant’s Mont Blanc (described as “a wonder combining meringue, light whipped cream and chestnut cream vermicelli” on the Rue de Rivoli’s tearoom’s website), or a “millefeuille à la vanille Bourbon” (thin layers of caramelized puff pastry, light Bourbon vanilla cream). Their most famous creation is the “Africain”, a very rich hot chocolate, the centenary restaurant’s specialty. But in the summer heat, you might instead go for a Madagascar vanilla ice cream? You will particularly enjoy it after having walked through the museum’s galleries.
 

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Access restricted to Louvre Museum visitors only
You can choose between either queuing for an hour to enter the Rue de Rivoli tearoom, or use the opportunity of a visit at the museum to recharge your batteries at Café Richelieu. The Louvre restaurant offers the same menu as the Rue de Rivoli tearoom.
Apart from its menu, Café Richelieu’s terrace is its main attraction. Sheltered from the passers-by, it will give you a bird’s eye view onto the Louvre courtyard and its Pyramid!
 
Practical information
Richelieu Wing of the Louvre Museum
Tél.: 01.49.27.93.31
Tuileries or Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre
Prices : Around 8 € per pastry
Opening hours : daily between 10 a.m. and 4.50 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays); late closing (8.50 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays)

 
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Best Paris seafood restaurants

Are you looking for the best Paris seafood restaurants?
With seafood, there’s no room for error as it always requires the most absolute freshness.
That’s the reason why a good seafood restaurant cannot offer the same food day in, day out as it all depends on the tides and on the produce’s arrival from the coast.
Here is a list of addresses where you are sure to enjoy the best seafood in Paris!
 

Antoine

 
Let yourself be tempted by Thibault Sombardier’s cooking in a unique setting, facing the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. This star-studded chef trained with Yannick Alléno and knows everything about the fish, shellfish and seafood that he offers and we see it in our plates! The scallops and lobsters are served generously.
Lunch menu between 42 and 78 €, dinner menu between 78 € and 120 €, average à la carte price 91 €
Practical information
10 avenue de New York, 75116 Paris
Tel: 01.40.70.19.28
Alma-Marceau tube station
Monday to Sunday between 12.00 and 2.30 p.m and between 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm

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This restaurant’s décor and menu are minimalistic, but Bruno Verjus knows how to delight your tastebuds!
The restaurant is not exclusively dedicated to seafood. However, when they do have some (depending on deliveries), you will be able to enjoy their wild abalone or even giant urchins, caught between Scotland and Norway.
Lunch menu 30 €, dinner from 60 €
Practical information
3 rue Prague, 75012 Paris
Tel: 01.43.43.12.26
Ledru-Rollin tube station
Open Monday to Friday between 12 pm and 3 pm, and between 7.45 pm and 10.30 pm

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L’Ecailler du Bistrot

 
Can you smell the sea air? Come in and get comfortable in Bistrot Paul Bert’s marine annex. Oysters arrive here directly from Riec-sur-Bélon, in Brittany, where Jacques Cadoret (the owner’s father) is an oyster farmer. No need to be scared, you can enjoy the seafood platter with confidence!
Lunch menu 18 €. Between 36 € and 67 € à la carte
Practical information
22 rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris
Tel : 01.43.72.76.77
Faidherbe-Chaligny or Rue des Boulets tube station
Open Tuesday to Saturday between 12 pm and 2.30 pm and between 7.30 pm and 11 pm

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Pleine Mer

 
This is another neighbourhood, but it’s the same principle! Sylvain Bertheau is himself an oyster farmer in the Cancale Bay, at Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes. We have no hesitation here and go straight for the oysters, served with bread, butter and lemon juice. We suggest you enjoy them with a very dry Muscadet, but you can also buy a crate and take it home to enjoy with your friends!
Oysters, between 9.20 and 29 € per dozen.
Practical information
22 rue Chabrol, 75010 Paris
Tél: 01.53.34.64.47
Poissonniere or Gare de l’Est tube station
Open Tuesday to Saturday between 10.30 am and 3 pm and between 7 pm and 10.30 pm

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L’Ilot

 
We are in the heart of Paris, a few steps from the Place de la République, and still, we feel like we are by the sea. Oysters, whelks, brown crabs, Norway lobsters…. You only have to choose and enjoy. When your plate arrives, close your eyes… See? You are on the Atlantic Coast!
Expect to pay between 25 and 40 € per person
Practical information
4 rue de la Corderie, 75003 Paris
Tel : 06.95.12.86.61
Temple, République or Filles du Calvaire tube station
Open Tuesday to Friday, between 6.30 pm and 12.30 am, and Saturday between 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm, and between 6.30 pm and 12.30 am

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Le 21

 
On Oleron Island, there’s a harbor called La Cotinière that opens up onto the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the fish and seafood caught here travel all the way to a secret place in Paris and end up cooked by Paul Minchelli who, with his brother Jean, had created the always great Le Duc, in Boulevard Raspail. But beware, the restaurant is famous and booking is strongly advised!
Last piece of advice, warn your banker in advance!
Between 60 and 100 € à la carte
Practical information
21 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris
Tel: 01.46.33.76.90
Odéon, Saint Michel or Pont Neuf tube station
Open Tuesday to Saturday between 12.30 pm and 2.15 pm, and between 8 pm and 11 pm

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Race of Paris waiters

Parisian waiters are known to be in a league of their own: typically rude, they also are often in a hurry… This seems to alway have been the case, even more than 60 years ago!
Here’s a beautiful black & white video of the Paris of yesteryear. Entitled “Paris waiters can’t wait”, it shows a race of Paris waiters. The goal was of this 1949 race was to be the first to get behind the finish line without dropping anything from the tray.
 
This was a lovely tradition. Wouldn’t it be great if it was reinstated today?

 

La Mouzaia, a secret Paris neighbourhood

Mouzaia… This name seems taken straight out of Arabian nights… Speaking of which, it’s the name of a place in Algeria. But we are definitely talking here of a Parisian neighbourhood.
Hidden at the heart of the 19thh district, not far from the Buttes Chaumont park, this little paradise is very different from other Parisian neighbourhoods.
Little houses are hidden in the ten or so villas (this is what the little narrow passageways are called). All villas are connected to the Mouzaia street, true backbone of the area.
The entire neighbourhood is charming: cobblestoned alleyways, little houses, gardens, flowers… All of this makes the Paris hustle and bustle seem very far away indeed. You can also expect to be delighted by the smells, with roses, lilac and honeysuckle galore.
Built on former gypsum quarries, the underground is riddled with galleries. It’s therefore impossible to build bigger buildings, which guarantees the future of the neighbourhood.
Just like the Butte aux Cailles, the neighbourhood was originally built as a workers’ estate in the 19th century.
Do not hesitate to get lost in this labyrinth, next time you take a troll in the nearby Buttes Chaumont park.

 
Practical information
La Mouzaia neighbourhood
Around the Rue Mouzaia, 75019 Paris
Botzaris tube station

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Paris places to avoid on a Saturday night

Paris may be a great place to party, but some places should be avoided on a Saturday night. You will struggle to find a good spot where to enjoy a drink and spend a great evening. Paris is full of fun… and of less fun places.
If you don’t want to regret your evening, here are the Paris places to avoid on a Saturday night.

1.Saint Michel – Very touristy

This is often the place recommended to all those that are not from Paris and who want to go out on the town. But the reality is less charming. Saint Michel is a very touristy area, with both relaxed and extremely drunk tourists hanging out in the neighbourhood. Bars are expensive and sometimes even trashy (for instance, the Latin Corner’s waiters move around the place wearing G-strings). Also, the area can be dangerous at times. The banks of the river are less and less safe and fights can break out. Between you and I, after a few years in Paris, we can honestly say that there are few interesting places in that area.
In the same neighborhood, we prefer Censier-Daubeton or Montorgueil

Saint-Michel

2.Place des Innocents, for a seedy evening

At the heart of the Chatelet neighbourhood, this square offers fast-food and franchise restaurants and bars galore. A few nice bars remain but they are often packed (e.g.: Bar de la Comédie, 17 rue de Quincampoix). Place des Innocents is also a gathering place for drug addicts… not so innocent after all.
In the same neighbourhood, we prefer Rue Saint Martin.

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3.Rue de Lappe: for a messy Saturday night

Packed with people and with bars that are more or less nice, this street near Bastille is not a good plan for a Saturday night. It’s the place where you meet your basic losers, those who talk to you in the street completely drunk. You’ll also meet a lot of young rebels and many policemen. Quite electric!
In the same neighbourhood, we prefer Les Filles du Calvaire.

Lappe

4.The Champs-Elysées, for a struggle on a Saturday night

The Champs are not like they used to be anymore. There are a lot of scumbags, a lot of older/richer tourists and many corny nightclubs. Add to that 20 € cocktails and snobby waiters, and you have the perfect recipe for a disastrous night out.
In the same neighbourhood, we prefer Wagram or Villiers.

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5.La Gaité, for a sad Saturday night

Between the quiet neighbourhoods of Montparnasse and the 14th district, you’ll find the neighbourhood of La Gaité. It’s the only animated area, with Chinese caterers and the La Pachanga nightclub, where you’ll danse on salsa or zouk music.
In the same neighbourhood, we prefer La Butte aux Cailles.

Gaiete

 
We hope found this list of Paris places to avoid on a Saturday night useful. We hope you will find great places to party at nonetheless!

 
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Current Paris exhibits

The French capital is a well-known center of arts and culture. From the most mundane to the quirkier, Paris has it all. Some are organised in well-known museums, others take place at the City Hall. For 5 must-see exhibits, here’s a list of the current Paris exhibits over the next few weeks.

 
 
 

Paris 1900, the city on show at the Petit Palais – until 17 August

This beautiful exhibition will take you to the unbelievable Paris of 1900, at a time of full growth for the city. This is also when World Shows came to the French capital. Historical photos, posters, clothes, paintings, objects, etc… From Degas to Rodin, from Picasso to Guimard, the Petit Palais has on offer a comprehensive overview of Paris at the turn of last century.

Practical information
Petit Palais
2 avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Between 2 April and 17 August 2014
Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 to 18.00
Closing at 200.00 on Thursdays
Closed Mondays and public holidays
Full rate: 11 euros

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Vincent Van Gogh / Antonin Artaud at the Musée d’Orsay – until 6 July

The Orsay Museum Van Gogh exhibit is organized around Antonin Artaud’s theory stating that Van Gogh was not insane but, to the contrary, extraordinarily lucid.
Through Van Gogh’s paintings, drawings and letters, and work by Artayd, the exhibit analyses this theory and takes us deep into Van Gogh’s work and complex personality.

Practical information
62 rue de Lille, 75007
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundy, between 09.30 and 18.00
Open Thursday between 09.30 and 21.45
Full rate: 12 euros

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Once upon a time the Orient Express, at the Institut du Monde Arabe – until 31 August

The IMA will help you discover the magic of the Orient Express myth. On the esplanade outside, you will be able to discover a locomotive and many wagons. You will be able to board them from a reconstituted station platform.
Inside the Institute, you will find documents, objects, films and other artifacts that will trace the history of this very unusual train. Are you all set for departure?

Practical information
Institut du Monde Arabe
1 rue des Fossés Saint Bernard, 75005
Tuesday to Friday, 09.30 to 19.00
Saturdays and Sundays between 09.30 and 20.00
Late opening on Fridays, until 21.30
Rates: 12,30 euros (booking essential)

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Tattoo artists, tattooed people at the Quai Branly Museum – until 18 October

An unusual exhibit on tattoos at the Quai Branly will take you to the origin of tattoos, from primitive civilisations’ rites to its popularity with a larger public today. With a point of view from sociology, from the arts, from anthropology and from ethnology, you will discover that tattoos can mean a lot more that you may think.

Practical information
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday between 11.00 and 19.00
Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 11.00 and 21.00
Full rate: 8,50 euros

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The Parisianer, at the City Hall – until 19 July

Dozens of artists took part in this game whereby they created a cover for a fictitious magazine, The Parisianier. Clearly a homage to the famous covers of The New Yorker, this exhibit at the Paris Hotel de Ville gives us very different visions of Paris, from one artist to the next.
The cherry on the top: the exhibit is free for all!

Practical information
29 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004
Between 20 May and 19 July 2014
Open Monday to Saturday between 10.00 and 19.00

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We hope this list of current Paris exhibits has helped you. For more on Paris Museums, view our article on Museum Restaurants in Paris.

Paris Museum Restaurants

Nothing’s better than a lovely lunch after a long visit at the museum, to discuss painting and philosophy. Museum restaurants are a great idea: the food is often very good and as refined as the works of art, and the outstanding surroundings. This will help you try something different from the breweries and discover art at the same time. Here’s a selection of the best Paris museum restaurants!
 

1.The Jacquemart André Café

 
This is a beautiful tea room located in what used to be the André couple’s dining room. They’re the ones who created the museum. The room is magnificent: big paintings, gilding, mouldings, and a terrace big enough to enjoy the view over the gorgeous garden. Specifically, we order pastries that are supplied by one of the best “patissiers” in Paris. You can access the café without having to go through the museum, should you want to. As an added bonus, dishes are prepared to match the current exhibits. Price range between 15 and 30 euros for lunch.

Practical information
158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008
Saint-Augustin or St Philippe du Roule

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2.Tokyo Est or Monsieur Bleu

 

The Tokyo Est restaurannt is in line with the Museum’s funky attitude. The place is quite hip and the décor is surprising (especially in the restrooms…). We go there in the evening, before going out, or for lunch to enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower. Note that the waitressing can be disappointing. Cocktails are creative and the food is quite exotic. Electro music is played.
The Monsieur Bleu bar/restaurant has just opened. The architecture of the place is exceptional. The room’s ceiling is 10m heigh and the place is decorated in the art deco style (golden plates, black lacquer tables…). The terrace is wide, clean and classy with a view on both the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Light dishes are served with good wine. Prices start at 35 euros.
Practical information
13 avenue du President Wilson
75016 Paris
Iena Tube station

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3.Mini Palais

 

The terrace is a great spot to enjoy the Musee du Palais’ beauty: big columns, statues, mosaics and palm trees. Located at the heart of Paris, it’s a haven of peace. The chefs aim to recreate a chic and contemporary brewery’s ambiance. We especially go there for the location as the cuisine is neither extremely impressive nor creative. Expect to pay 40 euros for a meal.
Practical information
3 avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Franklin Roosevelt Tube Station

Mini-Palais

 

4.Les Ombres

 

This is the Musee du Quai Branly’s restaurant, and it’s set in another magnificent building. It’s located on a rooftop-terrace in the Museum’s garden, and has views on the Eiffel Tower and the Seine banks. This gourmet restaurant offers a French cuisine that aims to be both traditional and refined. However, the culinary surprise is quite disappointing, with both the welcome and the service leaving much to be desired. The menu will cost you between 32 and 42 euros.
Practical information
27 quai Branly
75007 Paris
Invalides tube station

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5.The Georges

 

Located in the top floor of the Pompidou Museum, the restaurant of the museum is surprising. It has an outside terrace with a great view over Parisian roofs, and the visitor will be able to see monuments on the horizon. The inside décor is surprising, quite futuristic with big sculptures that offer grottoes with crazy designs. The menu aims to be creative, between traditional French cuisine and a more adventurous cuisine. The atmosphere is hype. However, the establishment is rumoured to place good-looking people near the entrance, à la shop window…. The service is a bit haughty, and dishes will cost about 30 euros.
Practical information
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
Rambuteau, Chatelet or Hotel de Ville Tube station

Le-Georges

 

Museum restaurants wrap up

 

To sum up, museum restaurant are a nice way to wrap up a visit at the museum, but the food will be more expensive than what you would pay in a normal restaurant. Museum restaurants still worth trying, even if only for their unusual settings!

For other restaurants in Paris, click here!
 
 
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Most beautiful Paris sunsets

Granted, Paris doesn’t have any paradise beach scenery but in the evening, the last rays of sunshine caress the Seine and the Haussmann-style roofs.
The most beautiful Paris sunsets offer a beautiful light before heading to bed in the summer, after drinks on the banks of Canal Saint Martin or through the windows of elevated railway system in winter.
 
 
 
If one looks carefully, once can see the sky’s color change and supply us with the most beautiful spectacle.
Here’s our collection of the most beautiful Paris sunsets!

 

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Gorgeous rainbow sunset from La Madeleine

 
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Purple sunset over Notre-Dame

 
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Louvre sunset

 
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Gargoyle watching the sunset

 
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Heavy clouds over the Seine

 
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Orange sunset behind the Eiffel Tower

 
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Fiery Paris Sunset

 
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Sunset seen from the Montparnasse Tower

 
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Sunset seen from a Paris bridge

 
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Haussmann-style buildings at sunset

 
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Seine sunset

 
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Sunset over the Tuileries Gardens

 
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Sunset at the Pompidou Center

 
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Sunset at La Concorde

Shelter in Paris – A relica from the Second World War

There’s a Second World War shelter in Paris, hidden underneath the streets of the 10th district! A former checkpoint for the trains heading into or coming out of the Gare de l’Est train station, the bunker remains intact, and yet, it’s quite chilling.
 
 
 
 
 
The complex is hidden underneath tracks 3 and 4 of the railway station. Built in 1939, it was used during the war to manage the trains leaving the station and to ensure a secret communication with the other Parisian railway stations. It was also built to protect the neighbourhood’s population of gas attacks such as those that hit Parisians during the First World War. 70 people could seek refuge in the 120 sqm shelter.

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The shelter was not used much but was then taken over by the German Army while they were in Paris. They even finished its construction in 1941. We can still see some writing on the walls in German.
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The bunker now belongs to the French Railway Company and its doors are rarely open to the public.