Explore the unusual streets of La Campagne à Paris

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Situated in the 20th arrondissement not far from the busy boulevard Périphérique, the curious neighbourhood of La Campagne à Paris is a pleasant yet surprising housing development in the French capital.


What is La Campagne à Paris?

Basically it is the name given to a picturesque little district in Paris, known for its charming garden houses… it means in English “The Countryside in Paris”. And you’re about to understand why!

Rue Irénée Blanc, Paris © French Moments

Rue Irénée Blanc, Paris © French Moments

But first, let’s go back to the time of its construction.

The origins of the district

Pastor Sully Lombard founded the little neighbourhood for working-class families. The inauguration of the unusual housing development took place in 1907.

The new district spread atop a former quarry dump and consisted of 92 charming garden houses built in bricks or millstones. And it is still standing today!

Lamp post in La Campagne à Paris © French Moments

Lamp post in La Campagne à Paris © French Moments


Take a stroll!

To discover the area, nothing is best than to take a pleasant stroll along the couple of streets such as:

  • rue Irénée Blanc, which leads to
  • rue Jules Siegfried,
  • the stairs of rue du Père Prosper Enfantin and of
  • rue Mondonville. 

Paved streets, flowered-decked houses, little gardens, plant-covered walls… the area is full of surprises.

The most picturesque spot (and a great instagrammable place too!) is at the junction between rue Irénée Blanc and rue Jules Siegfried, at the heart of the housing development.

La Campagne a Paris 10 copyright French Moments

A peaceful street in La Campagne à Paris © French Moments

Junction between rue Irénée Blanc and rue Jules Siegfried © French Moments

Walking on rue Irénée Blanc © French Moments

Junction between rue Irénée Blanc and rue Jules Siegfried © French Moments

Junction between rue Irénée Blanc and rue Jules Siegfried © French Moments

The paved street of rue Irénée Blanc © French Moments

The paved street of rue Irénée Blanc © French Moments

Lush front garden, rue Irénée Blanc © French Moments

Lush front garden, rue Irénée Blanc © French Moments

La Campagne à Paris © French Moments

La Campagne à Paris © French Moments

La Campagne à Paris © French Moments

A peaceful street © French Moments

La Campagne à Paris © French Moments

The stairs leading to rue Irénée Blanc © French Moments

La Campagne à Paris © French Moments

At a bend of the street © French Moments

Recently the district was featured in the movie ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ by Laurent Tirard (2009).


Where can I find it?

The neighbourhood of La Campagne à Paris is situated to the North-West of Place de la Porte de Bagnolet. It is easily accessible by métro (line 3, station ‘Porte de Bagnolet’).

La Campagne à Paris © French Moments

The low level houses © French Moments


 

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About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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