“Villages” in Paris are an attractive idea: little neighbourhoods full of tranquility and where houses only have 2 levels max: such a delight when you’re used to busy narrow streets! Paris insiders are familiar with La Butte aux Cailles and several gems in the north-east such as la Rue des Thermopyles, but the discovery of this mini village came as a complete surprise to me, especially as I don’t live very far from it!
Officially called the cité florale, it even has a modest Wikipedia page on which it is described as a micro-neighbourhood. And that is exactly it, as it only contains a few tiny streets, connecting tiny houses.
I first assumed that the Cité florale is called as such for the many flowers and plants that beautifully decorate the houses, but actually it’s the street names that are poetically called ‘rue des Iris’ or ‘rue des Orchidées’. Could it be any cuter?
The Cité florale is a mini-destination in a very residential area, and is probably the quietest place I have visited in Paris so far. Out of respect for the inhabitants of its doll-like houses I would almost advise to speak quietly when you visit, as any voice of an intruder is likely to be noticed.