XVIIth - Les Batignolles
From the church Sainte Marie to the hectic "rue des moines", passing by the Batignolles Square and the gorgeous little bakery fronting the church (that serves coffee with your cookies !!), the area of Les Batignolles is a great place to wander around, to eat a little something, to rest for a while, to have a drink with some friends... In short, it's a peaceful place to stay...
Square des Batignolles
It is not a very big spot in Paris, but I have lived next to Square des Batignolles, and I can tell you that it's a pleasure walking inside and around it. If you have some time to spend in the early morning and you want to have a good breakfast, go to the bakery at the corner of Rue des Batignolles and Rue des Moines, behind the Square (the bakery is in front of a church) : you can have your breakfast inside (very scarce !) and enjoy very tasty "pains au chocolat" or "croissants"... Subway : Brochant, then go up the rue Brochant until the park..
Ce n'est pas un coin super connu, mais j'ai vecu a cote du Square des Batignolles et je peux vous dire que c'est un plaisir de s'y promener, tant a l''interieur qu'autour. Et si vous avez du temps a tuer, au petit matin, allez prendre un petit-dej' au coin rue des moines-rue des batignolles, derriere le Square : une boulangerie fait face a une eglise, et l'on y deguste, a l'interieur (rare !) un super cafe et les meilleures viennoiseries qui soient... Metro Brochant, puis grimpez la rue Brochant jusqu'au parc.
The name is not new to me. There was a company in Madagascar whose name was (is?) Spie Batignolles. I don't know its activities but it sounded typically French.
Still, when, after reading about Parisian villages in my Geo magazine, my Mum suggested browsing the Batignolles area, I was not sure it was in Paris. I thought it was in the suburbs. In fact, it is in the 17ème arrondissement, North-Western part of Paris. Must admit, I looked over it, being fascinated by Canal Saint-Martin and Bassin de l'Arsenal.
We went there stepping down at Villiers métro station. [By the way, a special mention to my Belgian friends, on Place Goubaux, there is a Belgian tavern, where to sip the famous Belgian beer. I was searching for Rue de Lévis when I spotted this sign: "Hoegaarden" (or was it "Grimbergen" ?). Don't remember of its name but it serves Belgian beer and moules-frites... It was only when I saw the Belgian flag (a small one) that I understood it was a Belgian tavern... Remember ? It's métro Villiers. ;-)] So, from Place Goubaux, we took Rue de Lévis and had to walk on a bridge to access the Batignolles village. Our initial plan was to visit Batignolles park. It was hot so, no wonder we were looking forward to it.
But.. our way to the park was one of most enjoyable and surprising ones.
A month in Paris: Batignolles and Ile St. Louis
"The Batignolles neighborhood"
We found an apartment in the 17th Arrondissement in the area known as Batignolles. We found this to be a family oriented, but also artsy, part of Paris. One of the delights was to walk to the park before dinner, joining Parisians, often with children, doing their preprandial stroll.
Marché des Batignolles
Sainte Marie des Batignolles
A typical scene in Parc Batignolles
Batignolles Church, Place Félix Lobligeois
Hotel des batignolles villers
thanks to all who answered my last question-you put me at ease. Just wondering if anyone has stayed at the hotel des batignolles villes in the 17 eme and how they felt about it. Thanks