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Bassin de la Villette, Paris

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A man-made lake surrounded by shops and historical buildings, Bassin de la Villette serves as an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll. Sunshine, fresh air, and the buzz of pedestrians infuse the shores with energy. Colorful parasols and long stretches of green lawns line either side, tucked below old tree canopies. Inaugurated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808, the lake quickly became the setting for many social events. Today, it functions as a hub of art, culture, and science, with cinemas, museums, restaurants, and pubs all within close proximity. The lake itself provides many water-based recreational activities, so consider renting a sailboat or kayak and getting out on the water. Put Bassin de la Villette at the forefront of your travel plans using our Paris trip itinerary builder.
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  • We arrived at our apartment for the long, Ascension Day weekend and decided to take a stroll up to the Bassin de la Villette to find somewhere to drink and have our evening meal. Actually we more or l...  more »
  • This is one of the areas where all the factories were back in the day. Much of the land has been reclaimed and nice residences are being built. The canal is interesting.  more »
  • I saw it on a winter afternoon, it was very nice. I guess in the summertime it must be perfect, expecially at night  more »