Once the buzzing center of Paris’ wine trade and home to the biggest wine market in the world, Bercy Village has now reinvented itself as one of the city’s most unique shopping destinations, thanks to an urban renewal project that started in the 1990s. Today, the vintage and modern stand side-by-side, with the 19th-century wine cellars and warehouses repurposed as shops, clothing boutiques and art galleries. The old train tracks, where barrels of wine would arrive from regions like Bordeaux, are still embedded in the cobblestone streets.
Wine tasting is still a popular activity in Bercy Village, but it’s also a beautiful spot for a walking tour. With its historic architecture, tranquil Bercy Park and plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars make for a delightful mid-sightseeing pause. There are also over 30 shops to browse, selling art and handicrafts, artisan foods, fashion and gifts, including big names like Parisian perfumer Fragonar, L'Occitane, Oliviers & Co and Sephora, plus a multiplex cinema and a spa.
Bercy Village is located in Paris’ 12th arrondissement and the nearest metro station is Cour Saint-Emilion. Opening times of shops and restaurants vary, but are typically daily from 11am-9pm in high season.