The Parc de Bercy—situated between the Palais Omnisport de Bercy on the north and the Cour Saint-Emilion on the south—is a great place to spend a few hours with a book, enjoy a picnic or burn a few calories. Built on the site of the estate of a 12th-century feudal Lord, the Parc de Bercy is now a charming, unpretentious formal garden with rose bushes, large vegetable gardens and a functional vineyard. The northeast end of the park has large open spaces for pick-up soccer games, and this area is one of the few good spots near the Center for tossing frisbees. A large rampart to the west shelters the park from traffic noise while offering a great place to stroll or jog. Located just on the other side of the Simone de Beauvoir pedestrian bridge, the parc is a great place to unwind after a long day at the Bibliothèque Nationale.
Directions: Located across the Seine, the Parc de Bercy is an easy 5-10 minute walk from the Center. One can easily cross either on the Tolbiac Bridge or at the Simone de Beauvoir pedestrian bridge just downstream.