The Père Lachaise cemetery is a landmark in Paris, located in the northeast of the city, it lies at the heart of the 20th arrondissement. The area used to be the working class corner of the capital and is now in rapid transformation, appealing more and more to hipster and young « bobos » (a mix between bourgeois and bohemians).
Enjoy a long visit of the biggest and probably most famous cemetery in Paris. Indeed, more than a final resting place, this huge park is a real outdoor museum, covering centuries and telling the story of many historical figures.
Lose yourself among the 300,000 graves and spot the most famous ones such as Jim Morrisson, Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde or even the regret-less french singer Edith Piaf.
Exit the fascinating touristic landmark and explore this peculiar neighborhood, find out the genuine spirit of Belleville, the authentic residential feel of Paris and the arty atmosphere that surrounds it. If you believe yourself to be a real explorer, follow those things to do near the Père Lachaise cemetery. Another historic war site is the Communard’s Wall, the Mur des Fédérés, where nearly 150 people were massacred during the last week of the Paris Commune in 1871.
When you walk out of the endless alleys of the Père Lachaise cemetery, another thing to do in the neighbordhood, especially if you are a fan, is to pass by the small memorial dedicated to Edith Piaf. It can be found in an conspicuous square at Porte de Bagnolet, where you can collect yourself in tribute to this great lady.
Drop by the Place Gambetta to feel the vibe of this artsy neighborhood, with its many cafés and famous nightclubs!
Get away from the classical old Paris and plunge into the modern complex of the Parc de la Villette, near the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. Including a cultural center, a concert hall, a museum and many outdoor events, you are at the heart of the innovative and state-of-the-art Paris.
And last but not least, something to do near the Père Lachaise cemetery would be to drop by the Buttes Chaumont, the most popular garden for Parisian youngsters! With its lakes, its suspension bridge and even a waterfall, the garden designed by Haussman is great for kids and parents!