Viaduc des Arts – A Place For Artisans In The 12th Arrondissement

There's a secret Paris address you'll want to add to your itinerary when you need a break from the obvious shopping areas like Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Saint-Honoré. Take a detour to an artisan's mecca that once was part of an urban train line. Here you will discover a unique shopping experience — tapestries, furnishings, lighting specialists, artisan jewelers, chocolatiers, and even glassblowers fill the Viaduc des Arts workshops, retail spaces, and showrooms.

Le Viaduc des Arts is home to more than fifty artisan shops specializing in fashion, decoration, culture, and jewelry.

History of Viaduc des Arts

Le Viaduc des Arts

Built in the 1859, the Viaduc was once a vital inner-city train line in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris. (The arches of the viaduct supported the train tracks above.) A century later the railway was replaced by an underground train line. For years afterwards the arches languished until the City of Paris gave the green light to restore the property. At the same time a tree-lined walkway, the Promenade Plantée, was constructed on the overhead tracks.

Today, the kilometre-long stretch of ateliers, shops, and cafes attracts locals as well as an international set. The selection of shops at Viaduc des Arts tends to change, but the following list gives a good indication of the mix you will find here.

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Viaduc des Arts Ateliers

Maison Fey

Maison Fey

Established in 1910, Maison Fey specializes in leather-covered, stamped and embossed books, frames and furnishings. When you enter the shop, you will be amazed at the variety of calfskin, goat, and ostrich skins in every shade hanging from the ceiling. Against a wall is a row of wooden-handled implements used to emboss decorative gold or silver designs on leathers, one of the house's most popular items. They also fix old leather boxes and reupholster leather furniture.
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Philippe Atienza

Philippe Atienza Bottier

Philippe Atienza achieved the pinnacle of French craftsmanship in 2011, earning Meilleur Ouvrier de France. After a couple of decades of working at illustrious shoemaking houses, Atienza struck out on his own in 2015 with this shop at Viaduc des Arts.
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JMW Studio

JMW Studio, Glassblower

Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert has established his glassmaking Paris workshop at Le Viaduc. Made by hand and entirely freeform, without molds, each of his creations is one of a kind.
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Jean-Charles Brosseau, Parfumier

Jean-Charles Brosseau founded his design house in 1954, but it was the first perfume he created in 1981 that made his name. Since then, the product line has grown to thirteen unique fragrances distributed in more than 30 countries.
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Malhia Kentfabrics

Handmade Fabrics at Malhia Kent

Malhia Kent overflows with gorgeous fabrics woven on site and in full view — available as sweaters, scarves, coat and shawls. Buy one of their reasonably priced pieces and come away with a hand-decorated Malhia bag.
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Rairies Montrieux

Rairies Montrieux, Terracotta Tiles

Rairies Montrieux produces terracotta tiles as well as reproductions of old and contemporary tiles. Their tiles are made of 100% natural clay and are perfect for walls, floors, and gardens.
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Mosaics at Atelier lilikpó

Mosaics at Atelier Lilikpó

Atelier Lilikpó makes custom mosaics based on an ancient techniques and materials like molten glass, enamels, porcelain stoneware, marble, gold leaf and leather mosaics.
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Le Viaduc Cafe

Dining at Le Viaduct

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Le Viaduc des Arts Resources

Le Viaduc Des Arts

  • Along Avenue Daumesnil, starting at Rue de Lyon
  • 12th Arrondissement
  • Hours vary from shop to shop
  • Metro – Ledru-Rollin, Line 8; Gare de Lyon, Lines 1 & 14
  • Viaduc des Arts Website…

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