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, plus you can still experience the cobbled streets and restored buildings of yesteryear.

Around Bercy Village

When you look at the history of Bercy, this area was once 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 when they arrived down the River Seine.
Cobbled street through Bercy Village

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, now called the AccorHotel Arena 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.
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, just like Chai 33, bars such as the Frog at Bercy Village, or you could 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 exhibition held here was all based on the architecture of Bercy.
Mobile food vendor in Bercy Village

The Frog pub inside Bercy Village
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 many of 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 serving lines 6 and 14, or even closer is the Cour Saint-Emilion stop on the Meteor Metro line 14, which is one of the fastest Metros in the world.
Map of Bercy Village

In addition to this, the Bus lines 24, 64, 87, 109, 111 and 325 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via lines N32, N35 and N130 will also get you within walking distance, although the lines 24 and 87 are the closest 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 where the RER train station called the Bibliotheque Francois-Mitterrand is located serving the RER C line and then you would need to go over the river via the Pont de Tolbiac.

There are also several Velib stations for the self service bike hire located around the area, but if you are travelling into Paris with your own vehicle, you may be pleased to know that there are two different public car parks that amount to around 3000 spaces available, located at different sites that are close to Bercy Village as well.