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Situated in the northeast of Paris, the Parc de la Villette is a futuristic garden – one of the biggest parks in Paris, it was built in 1867 and welcomes a diverse arrange of architectural experiments from throughout the years. It is also an immense center covering several hectares dedicated to culture, leisure, family, and parties.

Parc de la Villette, by the tourist in paris

Here are out 10 great reasons to head to La Villette, as a family, with friends, or to appreciate art (music, cinema, exhibitions) during your stay in Paris. To get there, take the metro line 5 and stop at Porte de Pantin, or take the line 7 and descend at Porte de la Villette.
Parc de la Villette, by the tourist in paris

The Park itself
Parc de la Villette, by the tourist in paris

A paradise for all ages. Itself a grand arena and green lawn cut through by the Canal l’Ourcq, it is worth the detour. It is the ideal spot for a picnic, play some sports with fresh air, hang out with friends, walk around with family (on the passageways floating above the canal), or even jog or bike. Furthermore, it is a hot spot for parties when the frequent musical events in open air are organized throughout the year. The park is also dedicated to biodiversity and you can take several routes dedicated to diverse flora.
In the middle of the lawns, you will find in summer events such as Les Scènes d’été and also Open Air Cinema, to appreciate a great film on a giant screen under the stars.

Parc de la Villette, by the tourist in paris

The Paris Philharmonie
Philharmonie de Paris - vue de jour du peripherique © Jean Nouvel - Arte Factory, by the tourist in paris

The last “UFO” of Parisian architecture, La Philharmonie de Paris opened in 2014 and welcomes not only exhibitions (like that on David Bowie), but also hosts concerts year-round (jazz, classical, etc.). The Philharmonic is worth seeing not only for its monumental and futuristic appearance, but for the great artistic qualities that make it so unique.

The Geode
La géode - Parc de la Villette, by the tourist in paris

A futuristic glass sphere 36 meters in diameter, the Geode was constructed in 1985 and actually hides a giant, hemispheric screen inside of 1000m2. An unforgettable visual and sensory experience, it is a treat for parents and children alike. Discover there program here.

La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
Parc de la Villette, by the tourist in paris

An immense educative and pedagogical museum dedicated to children, it is just as interesting in its interior as its exterior (see the Garden of Wind below). And its hosted exhibitions are always interesting, such as Dogs and Cats in 2015.
Parc de la Villette, by the tourist in paris

La Grande Halle de La Villette
Parc de la Villette, by the tourist in paris

If you arrive from porte de Pantin (line 5), you will be impressed by this building at first sight. La Grande Halle hosts a variety of events, notably concerts and music festivals such as Pitchfork in October (rock & electronica) or Jazz à la Villette in September, or even Comic-Con at the end of October 2015.

The Zénith
Le Zénith Villette, by the tourist in paris

One of the biggest concerts halls in Paris with 6290 places, Zenith is also one of the best known. Find all of their concerts here.

La Villette Enchantée
La Villette enchantée, by the tourist in paris La Villette enchantée, by the tourist in paris

Found on the left hand side of the Grande Halle, it is the trendy corner of La Villette. La Villette Enchantée is a bar, restaurant, brunch, sunny lawn and (importantly) a cool electro club every weekend. Find their live program and DJ set schedule here. Or, you can reserve a table at the restaurant at 01 40 35 96 49.

Le Cabaret Sauvage
Cabaret sauvage, by the tourist in paris

In the form of a circus and underneath a tent with a capacity of 1200 persons, le Cabaret Sauvage is a huge nightclub and concert hall. You can find the agenda for the club here. And its little terrace is a great to take a little break away from the dancing!

Le Trabendo
Trabendo, by the tourist in paris

A smaller underground night club playing mostly electronica (known for its off during the electro festivals in Paris), its program is also very eclectic. With a very nice courtyard at its exterior, you can also find a bit of air in a calmer setting. Public for those between 20 and 30 years of age.
Trabendo, by the tourist in paris

Le Glazart
LaPlage de Glazart, summer in paris, by the tourist in paris

A La Folie

à la folie, by the tourist in paris

A bar, a dance club, a restaurant and a pop-up venue for artsy and shopping event. Latest addition to the park, A la Folie, nested in a red futuristic building is a friendly place all week long and all day long to chill with the family and friends. The terrace makes it a very nice spot for Spring and Summer evenings. Check out the complete program and latest events on the official website.

A little outside of the park near Porte de la Villette, Le Glazart is an eclectic spot that notably welcomes the famous LaPlage festival, ongoing for 4 months with live concerts, DJ sets, food trucks, pétanque and lawn chairs, all on fine sand! An event open all week nearly 24 hours a day, it welcomes a trendy young Parisian bunch (like at Trabendo) for a chill afternoon and dancing all night long.

But also: The Paris Theater Villette which aspires to become a center for contemporary creation for children: children and adolescents. The program can be found here (The bar at the theater is a convivial spot where artists and audience alike can mingle!).

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Where: Parc de la Villette, Avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, France
Metro: Porte de Pantin or Corentin Cariou