Paris: the city of (green) love

The first things coming to one’s mind thinking of Paris are landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or Notre Dame. Sustainability is not really characteristic for the French capital. We show you what the city offers for your green city trip.

Urban gardening – green capital

Fighting climate change, Paris has an ambitious aim: Greenhouse gases shall be reduced by 50% by 2030. In order to reach this goal, renewable energies are installed and the city is being greened by planting roofs and house façades. Additionally, you can find more and more public gardens such as Jardin Partagés or Jardin de l’Aqueduc. The charming café La Recyclerie is contributing to making Paris greener by growing their own vegetables and fruits, offering homes to bees, and chickens. Another kind of green oasis can be found at the Hôtel Le Pavillon, a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower. The small and delicate Hotel, formerly a cloister, has a charismatic and familiar atmosphere. In its herbal garden, you can relax and forget about the hustle and bustle of the city. The owners care a lot about organic and fair trade homemade and regional dishes.

The hotel Le Pavillon, a green oasis amidst Paris.
The hotel Le Pavillon is just a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower. © Le Pavillon

Sustainable treats

You can also find sustainable treats in Paris. For instance, you can order Slow Food, which is mainly prepared with organic regional and seasonal ingredients, and do something good for the environment at the same time (certified as “Des produits d’ici, cuisinés ici”, English: Regional products locally produced). For green tourists like you, food trucks are highly recommended, selling slow food dishes on the street (certified as “Ici, la cuisine est dans la rue”, English: Regional products served as Street Food). If you see a restaurant or a food truck labeled with either certification, you can indulge yourself without any remorse, since food and drink keep body and soul together (German saying). Besides, more than 15 organic restaurants are located in Paris, and you can visit various markets, which are opened almost every day. Some are even characterized as “Marché biologique” (English: organic market) where you can buy organic goods from local producers.

Traditional French food is a must on your trip to Paris.
Pain au Chocolat, Brioche, and Croissant – you shouldn’t miss traditional French food on your trip to Paris. © Le Pavillon

Green mobility

Like the capital Vienna, Paris recommends in an exemplary manner sustainable ways of traveling. First of all, arrival by train, of course and in the city, you may either rent electric cars, or use the excellent suburban railway network Métro. Since few years, people are more and more experiencing the city by bike. There is a special app for Paris’ public bike rental, “Vélib’”. Ideal conditions for your sustainable city trip!


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