The Parc de Bercy was created between 1993-1997 on the site of the old wine warehouses of Paris and is one of the biggest and loveliest parks in Paris. Some of the old stone warehouses were retained and converted into the neighbouring Bercy Village shopping street.
The geometry of the park is fascinating when seen on satellite maps. A perfect circular path surrounds the Maison du Lac, which in its turn contains paths in the form of a square and a smaller circle. The entire modern park has used strict formal geometry in the layout of the paths but these are dissected by the previous cobbled streets which show the traces of previous land use. This brings an interesting contrast on the ground. Throughout the park the massive stone bollards, curb stones, railway lines and cobbles are witness to the industrial history of the site. The Park is divided into three parts, Le Jardin Romantique to the east, Les Parterres in the centre and Les Prairies to the west. As there is so much to see, I have decided just to show Le Jardin Romantique in this post.
In the middle of the park, two steep pedestrian bridges take the visitor over the rue Joseph Kessel to Les Parterres, the central part of the park. This is the view looking back over the canal in Le Jardin Romantique.
To be continued……
The Parc de Bercy can be reached on the driver-less and super-speedy metro line 14. The Bercy Village metro stop is Cour Saint Emillion. Or you can walk through from the other end of the park from the metro stop Bercy on the same line. For a bit of extra sight-seeing, the other option is to walk over the pedestrian passerelle de Simone de Beauvoir from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
The Bercy Village shops are open 7 days a week including Sundays! Monoprix is a good spot to pick up a picnic. There are a lot of cafés, bars and restaurants here too.