Parc de la Villette
Metro Porte de la Villette or Porte de Pantin
This park offers a unique combination of green space and culture, with a weird hodgepodge of contemporary design surrounding the 19th-century iron pavilion that once housed the main Parisian slaughterhouse. The city’s canal runs through the park, which on the west bank has the science & industry museum, while the east bank is home to all things music, including the shiny new Philharmonie de Paris. Take your friends for a walk before settling down with a picnic while watching a soccer match and enjoying not hearing any English.
Metro Place d’Italie
The cobbled streets around this hilly little neighborhood are still rarely trod by tourists, but the distinct village feel makes it worth the trek to the city’s 13th arrondissement. Go for a stroll, have a meal at Chez Gladines, check out the street art around every corner, and end up at one of the tiny bars. Le Merle moqueur is a favorite, with its many infused rums getting you all rowdy before you simply roll down the hill with your friends.