Paris Biking Itineraries

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These beautiful first days of warm weather and sunshine bring all Parisians out of their winter hibernation in search of outdoor activities. In lieu of basking in the sun on a terrace with a glass of rosé, get your blood pumping and head out to explore Paris by bike!

Paris plans to become the World Cycling Capital and with the wonderful bike sharing system of the Velib‘ combined with our recent pollution issues, bicycles seem to be the best mode of transportation these days! The Velib’ website even provides detailed instructions on how their services work, in English, here.

 

So, hop on your bike and check out these great cycling itineraries we have scouted out for you:

1. Jardin des Plantes to Invalides

After a nice visit to the Jardin des Plantes, hop on some bikes at the Velib’ station on the corner of Rue Buffon and Boulevard de l’Hôpital.

Turn left from Boulevard de l’Hôpital onto Quai Saint-Bernard. Take the quai all the way up the left bank. If you feel like you need a picturesque sweet stop, we suggest that you turn right onto Pont de l’Archevêché onto île de la Cité and then walk across to île Saint Louis and get yourself a cone of the best ice cream in Paris: Berthillon.

Continue back on the Quai Montebello past Saint Michel and Pont Neuf. As the Musee D’Orsay appears on your left, you will see a ramp down to the lower level of the quais to Les Berges. Feel free to ride down here and stop for a bite to eat or a break along the water.

Make your way up to street level at Pont Alexandre III and park your Velib’ at the station on the corner of Quai D’Orsay and Rue Fabert on the far side of Invalides, before sitting down on the grass and having a good drink of water in the Parisian sunshine!

2. Canal Saint Martin to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Start by picking up a Velib’ on Rue des Archives at the corner of Rue Rivoli.

Head up rue des Archives and turn left on Rue de Bretagne and then right on Rue du Temple. If you are in need of a bit of a boost, this would be a great stop for coffee. Fondation Cafe is one of our favorites and it is located just off of Rue du Temple on Rue Dupetit-Thouars.

Continue up Rue du Temple and turn left onto Place de la République and follow the traffic right around Place de la République until you turn left onto Boulevard de Magenta.

Turn right onto Rue de Lancry and continue on Rue de Lancry until you cross Canal Saint Martin on Pont de la Grange aux Belles and then turn immediately left onto Quai de Jemmapes. Ten Belles on Rue de la Grange aux Belles is another great coffee spot that also has some wonderful sweet treats and lunch options if you are feeling like you need a pick-me-up about now.

Continue on Quai de Jemmapes and follow the canal until you hit Boulevard de la Villette. Turn left onto Boulevard de la Villette then turn right onto Avenue Jean Jaurès.

Turn left onto Quai de la Loire to bring you back alongside the water at Bassin de la Villette.

Turn right onto Rue de Crimée and you will hit the corner of Parc des Buttes-Chaumonts. If you turn right onto Rue Manin and right again on Rue de Laumière, there is a Velib’ station on the corner of Rue de Laumière and Rue Armand Carrel.

3. Bois de Boulogne to Montmartre

Hop on a Velib’ at Place Dauphine and enter the Bois de Boulogne on Route de Suresnes.

Turn right on Route de la Muette à Neuilly and take the fourth right on the small bike path towards Route de l’Étoile. Turn right onto Route de l’Étoile.

Turn Left onto Allée Fortunée until you hit the larger Allée de Longchamp. Turn right.

You will enter the Porte Maillot roundabout where you will carefully, minding traffic, take the 4th exit onto Boulevard Pereire.

Turn right onto Rue Rennequin and then turn left onto Boulevard de Courcelles. Once the beautiful gates of Parc Monceau appear on your right, feel free to hop off the bike and walk around one of the lesser-known and absolutely beautiful parks of Paris.

Continue on Boulevard de Courcelles to Boulevard des Batignolles and onto Place de Clichy. Take the 2nd exit onto Boulevard de Clichy and keep right.

Make a U-Turn at Place Pigalle and turn right onto Rue André Antoine. Get those muscles pumping as you push up the hill and turn right onto Rue des Abbesses and then left onto Place des Abbesses where you can park your Velib’ at the station on Place des Abbesses at the corner of Rue la Vieuville.

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