Quartier Libre

Quartier Libre

An unconventional guide to Paris, by metro stops & memories 

Parlez-vous Paris ? 

Come along with us to Paris, via the metro stations that make up the symphony of our daily lives. Anecdotes, memories and our favorite addresses ... 

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ABBESSES - Ligne 12

Classic and a little clichéd but sometimes that's ok. Did you know that the Montmartre vineyard is the oldest in the capital? Each year, it brings together curious Parisians to celebrate the traditional Harvest Festival. We will be meeting on the hill from October 10th to 1'4th for a glass of this year's vintage. For a dive into the Paris of Amélie Poulain with the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, the Moulin de la Galette and the beautiful vineyards of Montmartre.


Admire one of the most beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower along the Seine.  Immerse yourself in Yves Saint Laurent's universe and creative workshop.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum - 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris

AVRON - Ligne 2

Sit on the mismatched chairs and take in the relaxed atmosphere at Le Péres Populaires. 
Le Péres Populaires- 46 rue de Buzenval, 75020 Paris 


BASTILLE- Lignes 5, 8 et 1

Yes, the Bastille was indeed stormed during the revolution, but in less majestic turn of events, the great mob accidently liberted a selection of criminally insane prisoners, as opposed to incarated freedom fighters. Woops! Anyway, today Bastille stands as the lively connection point between the canal Saint Martin and the Seine. Visit in the evening for the true Bastille experience. 

BARBES- Lignes 4 et 2

For a trawl through the Marché Saint Pierre, a gold mine of inspiration and strange finds. 



CONCORDE- Lignes 12, 1 et 8

Louis XVI was beheaded in the middle of this grand sqaure. The morbid spot is now marked by an imposing Egyptian monument. A peculiar combination for this remarkable central location, with an incredible view over the tour Eiffel and Jardin des Tuilieries. Also note worthy for its proximity to WHS Smith, a large English speaking bookstore (oasis). 


Meet your friends at Le Verre Volé (the stolen glass). This bistro/wine bar has seen the passing of the years without a single change to its decor, and that's what give it its charm.
Le Verre volé - 67 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris

CITE - Ligne 4

The ancient city of Roman Paris, the Ile de la Cité is nostalgic and romantic Paris par excellence. We love to wander here, dream a little, and when hunger sets in head off in the direction of Berthillon on Ile Saint-Louis (icecream is also great in winter). 
Berthillon Glacier - 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis in the Island, 75004 Paris


"Please mind the gap between the train and the platform"



Etienne Marcel, born in 1302 led a reform movement that sought to restrict the supreme power of the French monarchy, by confronting abuses of royal power. 

Today the metro that bears his namesake is a pleasant place to grab a coffee. 



FALGUIERE - Ligne 12

The Bourdelle Museum is a location full of mystery. Installed in the old apartments, workshops and gardens where the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle once lived and worked, we can spend hours here, forgetting time.


GARE DE LYON - Lignes 1 et 14

Le Train Bleu restaurant is one of those mythical places that have inspired and nourished many fantasies. That of Jean Cocteau, Agatha Christie ...
Le Train Bleu - Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris


HOTEL DE VILLE - Lignes 1 and 11

GrandCoeur is a former post office that has been transformed into a neo-brewery. The setting is exceptional in Autumn and early winter with its sunny terrace.

GrandCoeur - 41 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris


INVALIDES - Lignes 8 et 13

If you cross the Pont Alexandre III early in the morning, you may cross our Image team in the middle of a shoot. 



Stroll along the Canal Saint-Martin, stop at the Artazart Bookstore and enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace of Chez Prune. Librairie Artazart is an excellent bookstore dedicated to art and design. 
83 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris
Chez Prune - 36 Rue Beaurepaire, 75010 Paris

JAURES - Lignes 2, 5 et 7 bis

Grab your ticket to see a movie at the MK2 cinema and stroll through the bookshop next door while you wait for your session to begin.
MK2 Quai de Seine - MK2 Quai de Loire


Kléber - Ligne 6

"Please mind the gap between the train and the platform". 



Cimb the stairs of Montmartre, admire the picturesque and charming Villa Léandre before resting at L'Attrape Coeur, a real neighborhood bookstore.

L'Attrape Coeur - 4 Place Constantin Pecqueur 75018


In addition to eating well, Café Passager is also the birth place of our solidarity program DEMAIN. It is here that Martine Brousse - president of the Le Voix D'enfant - and Morgane, met for the first time.
Café Passager - 107 Avenue Ledru-Rollin, 75011 Paris




There may be a queue, but once you are on the rooftop of the Perchoir you won't regret the wait, as you sip on a thoughtfully mixed cocktail, taking in the sublime view of the rooftops of Paris.
Le Perchoir - 14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris

MIRABEAU - Line 10

"Under the Mirabeau bridge flows the Seine
And our love
He has to remind me of that, 
That joy always comes after the pain (...)"

Le Pont Mirabeau - Guillaume Appollinaire



A gourmet itinerary awaits you along the boutiques of the rue des Martyrs. Don't miss the cream puffs from Popelini.
Popelini - 44 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris

(Our Lady of the Fields) 

In summer, enjoy the sun on the legendary chairs of the Luxembourg Garden. In winter, we take refuge in Lucernaire, a unique venue with an superb theatrical program. 
Lucernaire - 53 Rue Notre Dame des Champs, 75006 Paris



ODEON - Ligne 4 et 10

Settle into a booth at Procope and dive into Paris of another era in this timeless café. Verlaine used to meet Baudelaire here over a coffee. 
Le Procope - 13 Rue de l'Ancienne Comedie, 75006 Paris


PASSY - Ligne 6

The Sézane Conciergerie has crossed the Seine to offer a convenient service in the XVIth arrondissement - with a curated selection of leather goods, jewelry, shoes and denim, as well as our complete range of Conciergerie services. 
25 rue de l'Annonciation - 75016 Paris



For a little bit of Japan in Paris, there's nothing better than this neighbourhood. Our favorites? Kotteri Ramen Naritake without hesitation ... and the Aki bakery for succulent matcha green tea desserts.

Kotteri Ramen Naritake - 31 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001
Paris Aki Boulanger - 16 Rue Sainte-Anne, 75001 Paris



RAMBUTEAU - Ligne 11

Love or hate it, the architecture of the Center Geoges Pompidou leaves no one impartial. Don't forget to visit the Atelier of the sculptor Brancus.
Georges Pompidou Center and Atelier Brancusi - Georges Pompidou Square, 75004 Paris

RANELAGH - Linge  9

If you visit our Conciergerie, it's also an opportunity to stop by the Ranelagh Garden. And if you have time, head to the Marmottan Monet Museum. 
Le jardin du Ranelagh - 1 Avenue Prudhon, 75016
Paris Marmottan Monet Museum - 2 Rue Louis Boilly, 75016 Paris


SEVRES-BABYLONE - Ligne 10 et 12

Sézane has settled down permanently on the 1st floor of the mythical Rive Gauche address. Until October 31, we also invite you to discover our new pop-up space dedicated to footwear.
Le Bon Marche - 24 Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris


TERNES - Ligne 2

We love checking out the modern programming of the legendary Pleyel Hall, which once hosted dance classes on every floor.
Pleyel Room - 252 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, 75008 Paris


VILLIERS - Ligne 3

After a stroll through the Batignolles, Le Bistrot des Dames and its hidden terrace will allow you to extend the summer spirit a little.
 Le Bistrot des Dames- 18 Rue des Dames, 75017 Paris



To be continued...

We regulary update our glossaire. Pop back soon for more casually curated guides to the city we love. 

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