Alongside the Olympic Games, the heritage of Seine-Saint-Denis

Alongside the Olympic Games, the heritage of Seine-Saint-Denis
Alongside the Olympic Games, the heritage of Seine-Saint-Denis

Follow in the footsteps of Kylian Mbappé in Bondy or meet the kings of France in Saint-Denis… Between the dilapidated cities and the brand new athletes’ village built for the Paris Olympic Games, Seine-Saint-Denis (north of the capital) is also a heritage.

– Basilica of Saint-Denis, the last home of the kings of France

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Basilica-Cathedral of Saint-Denis, a masterpiece of Gothic art, is the cemetery of the kings of France. Its royal necropolis is home to the burial of 75 crowned heads. The monument also has 70 recumbent statues, funerary sculptures and spectacular stained glass windows.

– The stadium of Kylian Mbappé, the child of Bondy

Until he was 15, it was at the synthetic stadium of Léo-Lagrange that world football star Kylian Mbappé kicked his first balls with his club AS Bondy. Leader of the French team and PSG, he is the pride of his city where a giant fresco represents him on the facade of a building.

– Villa9Trois in Montreuil, the rising star of gastronomy

This is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in this popular area. Its name is a nod to the nickname of Seine-Saint-Denis, commonly called “the nine-three” after the department number 93. Its chef Camille Saint-M’Leux studied at the famous Ferrandi gastronomy school and the Michelin-starred restaurant George V.

– The Saint-Ouen Flea Market, a global meeting place for antique dealers

Driven out of Paris in 1870, the rag-and-bone men set up their wares on the other side of the fortifications of the time, in Saint-Ouen. The antique and second-hand goods market is the world’s meeting place for collectors and interior decorators.

– The futuristic architecture of the Abraxas

Stroll through the sets of the American blockbuster Hunger Games or the futuristic film Brazil in Noisy-le-Grand: the spaces of Abraxas, a post-modernist complex of 600 housing units designed by the Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, are a popular filming location for dystopias. Marked by excess, the city is made of pink concrete with futuristic lines, with an ancient theater as a central square.

– 129, the kebab reference

This fast food restaurant located on Rue Gabriel-Péri, in the city center, has become a Saint-Denis institution for over ten years. People come from far and wide, and students, workers, and executives cross paths in the long queues outside.

“The fries are good, the sandwich is not too greasy, the quantity is perfect (…) and above all the meat is tender, marinated for several hours,” confides Elie Marot, a kebab professional.

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