Considered as quiet yet dynamic neighbourhood, with its lovely market, small church, its square and its famous cemetery, a village spirit fills the district of Batignolles! Between city and fields, and close to Montmartre, the ancient hamlet impressionism took form in the cafes frequented by Manet, Degas, Cézanne, Monet or Renoir. And the spirit of Great French writers like Zola, Verlaine, Blaise Cendras and André Breton still live here at the Batignolles cemetery.
In the Batignolles district, many fine traditional restaurants such as Bistrot des Dames, Gaieté Cosaque, Agapé, Rech and Puces des Batignolles are an integral part of local life. It's also a new gourmet destination, which has recently attracted a number of trendy food concepts, such as the Big Mamma group's Mamma Primi, or Montijo, the new Groupe Machefert dining cellar. But the district's fame also comes from its picturesque market. A favorite with Parisians, every Saturday the Batignolles market offers the very best in 100% organic, seasonal produce direct from producers. There are no town criers here, and everything takes place in a peaceful, friendly atmosphere.
As you stroll through the streets of Batignolles, which resonate with illustrious names from centuries past, take a breath of fresh air at Square des Batignolles before continuing on to Parc Clichy-Batignolles Martin Luther-King. Square des Batignolles, with its miniature carp lake, grotto and waterfall, has become a must-see green space in the 17th arrondissement. A stone's throw from this square, the Martin Luther King park, the result of a reflection on the environment and rehabilitation, is intended to be a real place of life and exchange, full of surprises where Parisians love to stroll.
Lively, popular and cosmopolitan, Place de Clichy lies at the crossroads of four arrondissements: the 8th, 9th, 17th and 18th. Day or night, Parisians love to meet up with friends for lunch, dinner or a drink in one of the many establishments lining the square. Cinephiles will be delighted by one of the local cinemas, such as the famous Cinéma des Cinéastes, which over the years has established itself as a veritable Parisian showcase for European and world cinema. Finally, the Place de Clichy is also the ideal starting point for a stroll to the Montmartre district.