Paris Rive Gauche - Seine Rive Gauche

Stroll through the new district of Paris Rive Gauche.

Paris Rive Gauche, or Seine Rive Gauche, is a new district of Paris (ZAC) which occupies the part of the 13th district located between the railway tracks of the station of Paris-Austerlitz and the Seine, until the ring road. A part of the surface was recovered thanks to the covering of the railway tracks. The first building, built in the 1990s, was the National Library of France. The district alternates office buildings, mainly banks, residential buildings, interspersed with green spaces. The Diderot faculty (Paris VII) occupies the part of the district located near the ring road. Many French and foreign architects and landscape designers such as Christian de Portzamparc, Norman Foster (offices at the corner of rue de Tolbiac and avenue de France), Ricardo Bofill, Jean-Michel Wilmotte... have contributed to the project. The district is modern, aesthetic (the buildings are of very varied styles) and functional, but not recommended for lovers of the Haussmann style. The departure and arrival are located at the metro station "Quai de la gare" on line 6.

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Jardin James Joyce

Jardin James Joyce
From the metro station "Quai de la gare" (line 6), go to the "James Joyce" garden via the quai de la gare and rue George Balanchine. The Notre-Dame-de-la-Sagesse Chapel with its contemporary architecture stands at the corner of the garden.

Large Library

Large Library
Passage on the François Mitterrand library and its interior forest. We head towards the MK2 cinema.

MK2 Cinema

MK2 Cinema
We pass in front of the MK2 Grande Bibliothèque complex with its cinemas and restaurants. On the square in front of the cinema many food trucks settle down from noon. You can find the famous "camion qui fume" with its very expensive burgers. If you want to be trendy and cool, this is the place to be.

The "frigos", artists' squat

The "frigos", artists' squat
After a passage by the square Georges Duhamel, we pass in front of an atypical building. At the beginning this building was the refrigerated station of Paris-Ivry. When the activity closed in 1971, the building was squatted by many artists.

Avenue de France

Avenue de France
Passage on the Avenue de France, a street entirely above the railroad tracks (even the green grids in the middle of the road allowing the air to pass).

Avenue de France

Avenue de France
Many restaurants line the avenue. The office buildings, mostly banks, have a variety of architectural styles.

Abbé Pierre Gardens

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Abbé Pierre Gardens
The renovated buildings of the Grand Moulins house the Diderot faculty. The main building houses the university library. The district includes residential buildings with all various styles. This is a change from the touristy Paris.

Jardins Des Grands Moulins

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Jardins Des Grands Moulins
View of the old building of the "halle aux farines" which is part of the University Paris 7 Diderot.

UFR chemistry

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UFR chemistry
The UFR of chemistry presents an original architecture. From the outside, but also from the inside, as the photo shows.

National School of Architecture

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National School of Architecture
The École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris-Val de Seine is located on the site of a former SUDAC compressed air factory, built in 1891. The renovation is particularly successful.

Passage on the docks

Passage on the docks
The quays are also lined with restaurants. Near the Seine, in summer, terraces are set up.

Berges de Seine

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Berges de Seine
On the banks, you can find the Batofar (a Mecca of electronic music), on the moored barges, you can find many bars, restaurants ... up to a pool: the Josephine Baker pool. The pool can be covered or uncovered.
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