The Viaduc des Arts

The major place of art & crafts

The Viaduc des Arts

The Viaduc des Arts is the old Bastille viaduct, built in the mid-19th century, to carry the Paris/Bastille-Varenne railway line. Opened in 1859, this line was closed down a century later and replaced by the RER A. In the early 1980s, Paris City Council decided to restore this place and dedicate the vaults to arts and crafts. The Viaduct was restored from 1990 to 2000 by Semaest, with the assistance of architect Patrick Berger.

In 2004, Paris City Council transferred ownership of the Viaduc des Arts to the Semaest for a period of 18 years. The Semaest is therefore responsible for maintaining the site, renting the vaults to craftsmen and promoting it alongside the Viaduct craftsmen's association.

A showcase for arts and crafts and contemporary creation in Paris, the Viaduc des Arts today houses the creations of 30 craftsmen and women who materialise their talents through fashion, decoration, culture, jewellery crafts, etc.

Each arched vault is a place for expressing excellence in know-how, but also a workshop for production, presentation and sale. These artisans, men and women passionate about their profession, work simultaneously on conserving and restoring our heritage and on tomorrow’s innovations, designs and creations. Arch by arch you will find a succession of workshops, showrooms, restaurants and cafeterias, galleries and shops. The Viaduc des Arts offers you a long stroll teeming with discoveries, fantasies, personalities...

The Viaduc des Arts is:
• 1.5 km along the Avenue Daumesnil in the 12th Arrondissement
• 62 permanent arched vaults housing
• 37 arts and crafts experts
• A temporary vault rented for a specified period, so that artists can test their activities before establishing themselves there on a permanent basis


Mairie de paris

Paris City Hall’s official website. Guide to visiting, studying, working and investing. On this website, you will find news, ideas for outings, current exhibitions and practical information about the city.
Mairie de Paris 12

Official website of the city hall of the 12th arrondissement of Paris. On this website, you can keep up to date with news about the borough.

The Semaest, a semi-public company of the City of Paris, takes action on a daily basis to promote a new, local economy. Its aim: to preserve trade and handicrafts, to encourage the setting up of innovative, ethical and sustainable activities, and to improve the quality of life in neighbourhoods.
Les Ateliers de Paris

The Ateliers de Paris function not only as a business incubator, but also as a counselling centre, an economic support service, and an exhibition gallery.

INMA is the unique inter-ministerial reference structure that brings together all the players in the sector, both professional and institutional, to serve the general interest of the arts and crafts sector.

Walking around

Discover the Viaduct des Arts, its workshops and its planted promenade. Stroll along the windows, take the stairs and admire the view of Paris... Breathe in the scent of old roses, which mark your way. Land on a corner of lawn, in the garden of Reuilly and enjoy...

Enjoy the Aligre market and fleas, its fantasies, its fresh and eclectic products... Visit the craftsmen of Faubourg Saint Antoine. Vibrate in front of the Opera Bastille shows. Admire their studios and the work of decorators, wig makers, costume designers and props designers.

Enjoy the gastronomic cuisine of Café l' Arrosoir, avenue Daumesnil, and Viaduc Café, before escaping to another Gare de Lyon region...

And meet our neighbours and friends: at the Café de la Commune d' Aligre, 3 rue d' Aligre, 100 rue de Charenton, the Ateliers de Paris, 30 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, the Ateliers des Arts de France, 55 avenue Daumesnil, the Ecole Boulle at 21 rue Pierre Bourdan...

  • 1853

    A concession is granted to the private railway company " Paris Strasbourg " to build a railway line with the Place de la Bastille as its terminus. The implementation of this infrastructure required, depending on the sites crossed, to dig in the ground of the city or on the contrary, to build structures such as the Bastille viaduct.

  • 1859

    Inauguration of the "Bastille Line"

  • 1969

    Decommissioning of the line following commissioning of RER A

  • 1982

  • 1983

  • 1985

  • 1987

  • 1988

    Construction of the Viaduct begins with the help of the architect Patrick Berger

  • 1989

  • 1991

  • 1992

  • 1993

  • 1994

    Inauguration of the first vaults

  • 1995

  • 1997

    Completion of the last vaults

  • 1999

  • 2000

  • 2004

  • 2005

Le viaduc des arts historique