Batignolles - Parc Monceau - Palais des CongrèsSee the next district
Édouard Manet and Henri Fantin-Latour immortalized les Batignolles, the windmill district, in the 19th century. Since that time, even if Parc Monceau’s tender foliage remains, there’s no denying that the district now incarnates a contemporary version of Paris.
In the shadows of the famous Théâtre Hébertot with its proscenium stage, construction companies have been plying their trade for 150 years. This hasn’t prevented the Batignolles district from cultivating the spirit of a distinctive village, a feeling strengthened by the many good restaurants, such as the Bistrot des Dames, la Gaieté Cosaque, l'Agapé, le Rech or les Puces des Batignolles. This district, still a work in progress, will house the new Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris (Paris regional court) in a skyscraper, and abounds in fascinating places, such as the Square des Batignolles, with its grottos and waterfalls, among other sights to see.
There are numerous art galleries waiting to be discovered, such as le Costaud des Batignolles on the Rue Brochant or l'Atelier de Kej.
The Galerie Antigravité or the Home Trotter store will take you by surprise as you stroll down the inescapable Rue Legendre.
More to the west is the Cernuschi Museum, featuring Asian art, said to be the grandfather of Parisian museums. Then you can wander through the Parc Monceau, one of Paris’s most surprising parks, a “country of illusions” designed by Carmontelle, with its pagodas, Roman temples, pyramids, feudal ruins, and a rotunda, all in the purest romantic style. You’ll see many statues of famous writers or artists, such as Maupassant, Chopin or Musset.
This park presents historical features without respecting any chronological order. At the Porte Maillot, the skyscraper housing the Palais des Congrès (convention centre) is directly in front of you. The entire site was designed by Gillet but renovated in 1998 by Portzamparc, and offers four large amphitheatres, whose largest seats 3,700. It bustles with activity year-round, with major shows and well-known international shows in the fields of medicine, marketing, professional training or the environment. Businesses offering related services are abundant in this district, centrally located with respect to the la Défense business district, the Bois de Boulogne, Neuilly and the Place de l’Étoile. A crossroads bridging yesterday and tomorrow.
- Parc Clichy-Batignolles
- Hébertot Theatre
- Square des Batignolles
- Art galleries on Rue Legendre
- Cernuschi Museum
- Parc Monceau
- Palais des Congrès (convention centre)
- Bois de Boulogne (Bagatelle garden)
- With children: Jardin d'Acclimatation
- Atelier Nollet/Galerie Espace Nollet