Paris’ 15th district, located in the extreme south-west of the city, is not known to be the most vibrant of the city, but this can actually be a great advantage if you’re looking for a relaxing place to picnic. The Parc Georges Brassens, named after the famous chansonnier, is not very big but is a lovely local green spot that deserves a mention because of its versatile use.
Parc Georges Brassens offers lots of green space, a rather strange brick wall to sit/climb upon and a large pond that makes the area particularly relaxing. The space, however, used to be much less idyllic in the past: the tower is a remnant of a slaughterhouse that only closed its doors in the 1970s after numerous complaints by locals because of the noises and the smells it made.
An old vineyard has been kept though, a more romantic trace of the past. Also the park has a weekly second hand book market (during weekends) and a little book exchange (during weekdays, too). Also there is a little vegetable garden, making the place a central spot of the neighborhood. And that’s exactly what I like about going to different parks: each of them reflects the neighborhood they are located in, offering different tastes and colors of Paris.