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Batignolles - Saint-Denis

Batignolles - Saint-Denis

An itinerary, full of contrasts, will help you see the North-West of Paris in a different light.

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Batignolles Saint-Denis

The Café Culturel Arts et Rencontres

Saint-Denis: the beauty of the unknown

As you exit the station, take the passage Héloïse to the passage Six Chapelles, both of which are pedestrian. You will pass in front of the Café culturel Arts et Rencontres, now widely known thanks to the 'Slams' of French musician Grand Corps Malade. You may even cross the popular and colourful Saint-Denis Market , held every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning, on your way to the Saint-Denis Basilica .  After a visit to this sumptuous, royal necropolis, take a few minutes to appreciate the splendid Legion of Honour Park, with its facade of 140 metres, designed by architect Robert de Cotte, in 1717.  The park also houses the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis.  A marvelous example of 18th-century architecture that was transformed into the Girls Academy of the Legion of Honour, by Napoleon.

Turn around and follow the same path back towards the Basilica, turning onto the rue de la République.  The central axe of the city is animated by lively little Moroccan restaurants, but also by a large department store selling products from the Caribbean - Exotic Centre (44 rue de la République). Before arriving, you will cross the rue Gabriel Péri and take it on your left. The famous Hammam Pacha (n° 147) is home to Parisians looking for something a bit more exotic. The Musée d'art et d'histoire   (The Art & History Museum), installed in an ancient wine cellar, offers a passionate visit and if you continue you will cross the rue des Ursulines, where the Ursuline Convent awaits behind impressive doors. A few feet away, on the rue Franciade, the workshop-boutique with the same name proposes objects from yesterday, with the savoir-faire of today. From the rue Franciade, take the rue Désiré Lelay to the boulevard Marcel Sembat. Walk back up the boulevard towards the tramway, you can follow the rails on your left, to the charming little street rue du Port.

All this walking will take you to the Saint-Denis train station, where you can take the RER D, direction Paris. Get off at the stop: La Plaine Stade de France .  Follow the avenue François Mitterrand, then the avenue du Président Wilson to the left (800 metres) to arrive at the trendy restaurant L'Usine, Installed in the former building of the French Central Chemist, founded in 1852 (379 avenue du Président Wilson). Enjoy a meal or a drink, admiring the backbone of the city: the Stade de France ! Less than one hundred metres from the esplanade of the French Stadium, this architectural wonder is brilliant. For those who want more, feast your eyes on the Fratellini Academy, dedicated to the circus arts, or enter for a meal in the restaurant Amazir (advanced booking advised). A lovely way to end the day, just 300 metres from the metro station Saint-Denis Porte de Paris.

The Saint-Denis Market

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