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.

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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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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. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, 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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