Every year, the city of Paris organizes a contest to select the best floral decoration in Parisian gardens.
Most part of the contest concerns only the city gardeners but there is also a part where Parisians are invited to vote on-line for their favorite garden.
And this year, Parisians’ favorite garden is… Parc de Bercy!
Parc de Bercy is a rather large garden located off the touristic tracks along the right bank of the Seine on the east side of the city. It was created in 1990s on the site of the former wine warehouses of Paris, some remains of the industry can still be seen in the park.
The park is very pleasant and never too crowded. It is divided into three sections.
The first, most northern section, is called La Grande Prairie, the Meadows. It is an area of open lawns shaded by tall trees.
The second and central part of the Parc de Bercy is called Les Parterres, the Flowerbeds.
It consists in different themed gardens like an herb garden, a rose garden, a garden of fragrances, a labyrinth… And of course, considering the past activity of the location, there is also a vineyard.
An old wine warehouse:
The old rails used to carry the barrels of wine:
Pathway from Les Parterres to the third garden:
And finally, the third part of the garden is Le Jardin Romantique, the Romantic Garden which includes fish ponds and dunes.
At the end of the Romantic garden sits Bercy Village, a commercial area that replaced the old wine warehouses of Bercy. It is like a small mall with the stores located in the old warehouses. It is a charming place to make a break and have a drink or a meal.
Just behind Bercy Village (website in French), you can visit one of the most surprising museum of Paris, le musée des Arts Forains, a fairground art museum. But don’t forget to book your tour beforehand!
Parc de Bercy is located on the line 14 of the Métro, exit at Bercy and walk trough the garden to the Saint Emilion station.