Most of the people, while visiting France, only limit their exploration to the sites bustling with tourists- Paris, Burgundy, Marseille, Lyon, etc. However, most often, the real gems of a country and its culture lie not in the crowded urban city, but at the outskirts. While visiting France, Paris is no doubt a must-visit destination. However, a real traveler won’t miss out on the experience of sipping fresh wine under the rural sun after returning from the lavender fields of France. Such kinds of experiences can only be found in the villages of France where culture is untouched and pristine. One such exquisite village of France is Bercy, away from the noise of the cities like Paris and Lyon.
Bercy Village, described as the ‘faux-French village in the heart of Paris’, is nothing like faux. It consists of the 19th-century wine warehouses which have been converted into stylish shops and restaurants. It is a beautiful place to spends hours if you are into urban designs, architecture, and retail shopping. Bercy used to be one of the prime wine-making destinations of France. The village is now a spectacular town with 7 days a week open shopping centers, luxury hotels and comfortable homestays, renowned restaurants, and ice cream parlors, and round-the-year artistic programs like concerts, exhibitions, workshops, etc.
We promise you that a day spent is Bercy will make up for some of your best experiences in France. Therefore, we have compiled the list of 10 things that you should definitely do while visiting Bercy village.
10 Things To Do While Visiting Bercy Village of France
Visit Musée des Arts Forains
You will be bewitched by the beauty and uniqueness of this place that offers its visitors the largest collection of fairground objects in Europe. They are located in one of the ancient wine warehouses built by an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel by the end of the 19th century. Jean-Paul Favand, an actor and antique dealer, created this museum from the private collection he owned. It was a private museum of funfair and fairground objects located within the Pavillons da Bercy.
The museum was opened to the public in the year 1996 and is functional throughout the year. Don’t forget to book your tickets beforehand to experiment with the spirit of the place in a participative tour. After booking your appointment for the museum, your guide takes you on an out-of-the-time journey, enabling you to ride carousels and listen to an automaton show.
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Visit La Cure Gourmande
Paris is known for its beauty and delicious desserts. A visitor craves nothing but some perfect desserts when in Paris. La Cure Gourmande is a biscuit, confectionery, and chocolate factory from the south of France- a place straight from your childhood dreams.
It looks like an old-fashioned confectionery store where you can have a sample of a wide variety of sweets, cookies, biscuits, caramel, and all types of sweet treats. Everything is designed to perfection- from colors to the presentation, packaging, and interiors. Visit here and be swept with the colors and taste this place has to offer you.
Enjoy the one of a kind street pedestrian experience
With the open streets, enjoy the breezy atmosphere and feel the relaxing vibes around you away from the busy life. The street architecture of Bercy is cobbled due to the mix of modern and old buildings and white stones. Bercy Village is a real exotic oasis that will move you away from the Parisian hubbub and have a time of your life.
It is a perfect place to find good restaurants and there is something to eat for every person with every desire they have. Let all your temptations fulfill in one place. Throughout the Bercy village, the visitors can access a variety of exhibitions and workshops at every corner so no one feels bored around there.
Visit old wine cellar while at Cour Saint-Emilion
The old wine cellars of the Bercy Village used to host the wine barrels there, which then was one of the largest wine markets in the world. The Cour Saint-Emilion has 42 storehouses which are registered on the French supplementary Historic Monuments list. These storehouses are all that remains of the Bercy storage areas where, for over a century, the largest wine market in the world was held.
Now, completely renovated, these cellars from the 19th century are now turned into 30 shops that are accessible for the pleasure of their visitors. The place is thoughtfully crafted to allow the people to enjoy the meal and drinks on the terrace of the village and have the best time of life.
Parc De Bercy
A park that is situated on one of the former sites of the wine warehouse in the Bercy Village still contains reminders from the past like a vineyard and an old railway line. It is located right in the heart of Bercy Village and is a lovely place to walk around when there. Just a few steps from Bercy Village, this place is a combination of various gardens together.
On one side of the park is one of the largest concert venues in Paris, Bercy Arena. At the other end, there is ‘Jardin Romantique that has an island and is filled with ducks and lilies. In the middle, all the film lovers, there is the Cinémathèque française for you. This romantic garden, which is closest to the village is a perfect spot to have a picnic with your family and loved ones surrounded by dunes, ponds, and grass. A perfect spot for the Parisian in you to unwind.
Bercy Village is a must-visit while in Paris. Learn about ancient history, enology which is the science of wine tasting, visit the beautiful gardens and shop around the mesmerizing streets for your pleasure. This place has lots to serve to its visitors and everyone is always treated here with a warm heart full of love.