Cité Florale

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Cité Florale

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As its name suggests, Cité Florale or The Floral City doesn’t stop there with the flowery nickname of this secret micro village hidden away in a small pocket, off the beaten path in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.

Each of the six streets that make up this small community is named after a flower and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without flowery decoration.

Whether it be flowering plants in brightly coloured pots, wisteria draping over cottage walls or motifs decorating street signage and gates.

Enchanting enough as it is when I took these shots in winter, a visit in spring or summer will see a riot of colour when the trees are lush and heavy under the weight of green leaves with flowering climbers gracing garden fences and framing windows.

The Bièvre River, which now runs underground, once flowed through this area and often flooded the meadows where Cité Florale is now located and therefore not enabling large Haussmannian structures that you see in the centre of Paris to be built here.

Instead, six small streets, courtyards and dead ends form of a triangular section between the area known as Maison Blanche and Parc Montsouris, not far from the periphery of Paris and was developed in 1928 with quaint two and three storey townhouses that wouldn’t comprise the unstable ground.

The result is an utterly charming and tranquil piece of paradise, nestled amongst some very unattractive towers, where the inhabitants have created their own personal sanctuary.

Whether it be simple and elegant

Slightly kitsch with decorative doors and fake, yet colourful flowers

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Slightly overgrown

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Each and every home has its unique and individual charm

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and attention to detail

If waiting in long lines to enter museums or the multitude of tourists that visit Paris each year start to get you down and you need a little break away from the crowds, a wander through Cité Florale is the perfect hidden gem to give you a chance to breathe and discover something off the beaten track in Paris.

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Keep your eyes peeled, there are many small details to be discovered and enjoyed

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My passion is unearthing adorable out of the way places like Cité Florale.

I hope you enjoy discovering it too.

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Paris has many hidden treasures, you just need to know where to find them.

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Paris Adèle’s Information Nécessaire:

Cité Florale Paris 75013
Enter via:
Rue Auguste Laçon, Rue Brillat-Savarin, Rue Boussingaut or Place de Rungis

MAP

Nearest Metro: Corvisart, Tolbiac, Maison Blanche.

Flowery Street Names:

  • Rue des Glycines (Wisteria)
  • Rue des Iris (Iris)
  • Rue des Liserons (Bindweed)
  • Rue des Orchidées (Orchids)
  • Rue des Volubilis (Morning Glory)
  • Square des Mimosas (Mimosa)

Disabled Acces: Yes

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    Square de Montsouris
    A hidden jewel, begging to be discovered. Eclectic maisons wrapped in greenery, unseen by most tourists to Paris.
  • La Butte aux Cailles
    La Butte aux Cailles
    A secret hideway with cobbled streets, a sweet village square, interesting street art and friendly, affordable cafés, tucked away in the 13th arrondissement.

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  • Cité Florale
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    A secret micro village hidden away, in a small pocket, off the beaten path in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Discover why it is called the Floral City.
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