And today, there are lots of things to discover in this area, such as the Parc de Bercy with the Maison du Jardinage or house of gardening, its ponds, fountains and numerous gardens like the rose garden, the romantic garden etc, along with one of the most recent foot bridges in Paris called the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir, that goes over the River Seine to the Bibliotheque Francois Mitterrand.
You can also discover museums in Paris such as the Musee des Arts Forains fairground museum, and the Musee de la Cinematheque cinema museum, which is located at the exceedingly contemporary building of the Cinematheque Francaise, not forgetting the POPB stadium called the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy Stadium that hosts music concerts and sports events.
But let us get back to what is on offer at Bercy Village..
Now this is a very new development area in Paris, and the Bercy Village has only been up and running since around the year 2000, even though the area was being developed prior like we mentioned earlier with the Parc de Bercy park.
But this does mean that the majority of shops and restaurants have only been running within this area for the last ten years or less, and in fact, there were an additional ten companies that were first opened on the tenth anniversary of the Bercy Village, yet this area in paris is still expanding and it is now seeing millions of visitors every year.
And whilst meandering along the flowered terraces you can discover many different types of restaurants and cafes in Paris, or do a spot of shopping with a wide choice of different places from home wares through to beauty and leisure through to a toy store, not forgetting clothes or culture.
You will also be able to discover exhibitions that are hosted underneath the arcades of the Cour Saint-Emilion and one recent exhibition until May 2013 was all based on the architecture of Bercy.
Yet if you have the time, you could also always make a trip to the cinema, and the UGC Cine Cite Bercy is one of the largest movie complexes in Europe. Or perhaps a visit to the Waou Club Med Gym for a fitness session, sauna, hamman, or even a swim in the pool that is situated in one of the old buildings with its exposed brick and beams would be more to your liking.
Access to Bercy Village
The Bercy Village shops are open every day from 11am through to approximately 9pm, yet if you prefer the idea of an evening out or night life in Paris, then the exhibitions under the arcade walkways of the Cour Saint-Emilion, along with the cafes and restaurants are open until approximately 2am each morning.
When you decide to utilise the public transport in Paris you would need the Metro stop called Bercy or the Cour Saint-Emilion stop on the Metor line 14, which is one of the fastest Metros in the world and slightly closer, plus the buses numbered 24 and 87 will also get you to Bercy Village.
Alternatively, you could take a stroll along the River Seine and enjoy the Parc de Bercy gardens in Paris prior, or if coming from the opposite bank, you would then need to utilise the footbridge, but if you are driving then parking is also available at different sites that are close by as well.
Tourist attractions and information on the Bercy area
- Parc de Bercy Park
- History of Bercy in Paris
- The Pavillons de Bercy
- Musee des Arts Forains Fairground Museums
- Maison du Jardinage House of Gardening
- Agence Parisienne du Climat
- Jardin Yitzhak Rabin
- Chai 33 Restaurant
- La Cinematheque Francaise Cinema
- Musee de la Cinematheque Museum
- Le 51 Restaurant
- Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy Stadium POPB
Related photo images
- Photos of Bercy Village
- Photos of Bercy Fete de la Music
Address and Contact Details
Ile de France
Bercy Village Branch
28 Rue Francois Truffaut
Tel: 0825 166075 (but please bear in mind there is a charge for this number, even from a French landline)
Fax: +33 (0) 1 40 02 90 83
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Bercy Village in Paris
Bercy Village is all about the modern today, yet still thinking about the Bercy area as it was with the wine market, and even though the area has been developed to include a fabulous shopping centre, numerous restaurants and much more, you can still experience the cobbled streets and restored building of yesteryear.
Around Bercy Village
When you look at the history of Bercy, this area was one of the largest wine markets in the world and aspects of its heritage still remain today such as many of the old buildings and wine cellars that have been put onto the inventory of historical monuments in Paris.
In fact, the Pavillons de Bercy are fully restored wine warehouses, plus the Cour Saint-Emilion is now classified as an historical landmark in Paris with its white stone cellars, and today you can even get to see the cobble streets along with the original train tracks that used to bring the barrels of wine and spirits from other regions in France that arrived down the River Seine.