Paris/12th arrondissement

The 12th arrondissement of Paris is one of the largest of the city's districts even without the 2,460 acre Bois de Vincennes, which more than doubles its size. Gare de Lyon in the 12th will likely be your arrival point if you are coming from Switzerland, Italy, or the south of France.

Get in

The peace fountain in Paris' Jardin Yitzhak Rabin

By Métro

The newest Métro, line 14, serves Gare de Lyon and Gare de Bercy.

Line 1 crosses the arrondissement east-west serving Bastille, Gare de Lyon, Reuilly-Diderot, Nation, and Porte de Vincennes.

Line 8 crosses the arrondissement east-west serving Bastille, Ledru-Rollin, Faidherbe-Chaligny, Reuilly-Diderot, Montgallet, Daumesnil, Michel Bizot, Porte Dorée, and Porte de Charenton.

Line 6 arrives from the left bank, serving Bercy, Dugommier, Daumesnil, Bel-Air, and Picpus.

The RER-A passes east-west through the 12th serving Gare de Lyon and Nation.

Get around

Map of the 12th Arrondissement



Museums and Galleries


Flowerbeds and greenhouse in the Parc de Bercy


There are any number of shops catering to the needs of travellers in and around Gare de Lyon, where you can easily replace a piece of broken luggage or even buy a suit if you suddenly find yourself with a business appointment.

The archways of the former railroad right-of-way which now support the promenade plantée are home to trendy restaurants, designer's studios, and art galleries. Taken as a whole it's known as the Viaduc des Arts', and is well worth a stroll for those interested in art and design.

Another shopping highlight of the 12th is the amazing number of electronics and computer shops, mostly clustered around rue Charenton near the Jardin de Reuilly, as one would expect the intense competition keeps prices low (for Europe).



The Bastille area is quite well known for its many bars and clubs. Among them the Barrio Latino, a large latin music nightclub on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine.



Allée Royal in the Bois de Vincennes




Internet Cafés

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Routes through 12th arrondissement

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