Running is a sport for just about anyone, and it’s easy to see why. All you need is a good pair of shoes, music to set the pace, and off you go! Jogging in Paris, like in any other big city, can be something of a challenge, with the pollution, traffic, traffic lights, and people blocking the pavement. You can’t go three strides without something getting in the way, and valid alternatives to the streets, like parks and gardens, are often mobbed by other joggers.
Jogging Along the Coulée Verte in Paris
The elevated linear park Coulée verte (also known as Promenade plantée or Coulée verte René-Dumont) in the 12th arrondissement is the ideal spot for jogging. It’s a quiet and relaxing place and still isn’t very well-known, even to seasoned runners. It stretches for about 4.5 km along a former railroad (in disuse since 1969) from Place de la Bastille via Porte Dorée and ends up at Porte de Vincennes.
Run Don‘t Walk
You’re behind the Opéra Bastille, surrounded by traffic. Walk a few steps and you’re surrounded instead by greenery. Get moving to the rhythm of your music (suggested titles include ”Run Boy Run” by Woodkid, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson, or anything by French band Air or by Daft Punk). One two, one two: It’s always tough at the start. You’re looking out over Avenue Daumesnil, still running and breathing in tune with your every stride. On the Viaduc des Arts, you’re 7 meters above the traffic and it feels more like flying than running. Before you know it, you’re already at Allée Vivaldi.
A glance at your watch tells you that you’ve been jogging in Paris for 25 minutes already. Now you’ve discovered clearly—the best way to see Paris is to run.