T+L has got you covered when it comes to hiking guides in rugged locales like the Dolomites, the Andes, and Zambia, but we love to trek around urban areas too. That’s why we’re thrilled at the completion of a project transforming 1.4-miles of roadway into a pedestrian riverwalk along the Seine's Left Bank in Paris's 7th arrondissemont.
As various news sources reported, Mayor Bertrand Delanoe recently inaugurated the new walkway, three years and nearly $50 million in the making.
Following the river from the Pont Royal to the Pont de l'Alma, pedestrians can now amble past such landmarks as the Musée d'Orsay, the Palais Bourbon (home to the French National Assembly), and the Les Invalides museum and park complex. Across the Seine, the Tuilerie Gardens, Place de la Concorde, and the Grand Palais all make for a splendid view.
The former road now features restaurants, gardens, and a slew of picnic-perfect spots to eat a pastry or two—we recommend you grab some of Paris's best croissants. Wrapping up at the Pont de l'Alma, the new walkway ends just a short walk away from Café Constant, a casual brasserie and T+L pick for where to Eat Like a Local in the City of Light.
Peter Schlesinger is a Research Assistant at Travel + Leisure.