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Les Grands Voisins: urban camping in the heart of Paris

Les Grands Voisins: urban camping in the heart of Paris Posted on September 14, 201635 Comments

Where can you find alternative, budget, accommodation in central Paris from eight euros a night? Knock up a pair of earrings from a Nespresso pod? Or experience a Russian steam bath?

You know when you stumble on somewhere and you go ‘Wow, this is so cool!’ That happened to me when I walked into Les Grand Voisins, or the Great Neighbours.

Les Grands Voisins is a social diversity project that has taken over the disused St Vincent Paul Hospital. The project uses the building and it’s grounds to nurture creative businesses, artists, provides social housing while creating a space with educational, cultural and sports resources for local residents and tourists to enjoy.

Les Grands Voisins is where hipsters, the homeless and travellers, tourists and local Parisians happily co-exist on this three hectares between Port Royal and Denfert Rochereau, Paris.

What can you do at Les Grands Voisins?

Hang out at Le Lingerie

Lingeries Solidarity Cafe Les Grands Voisins Solidarity Cafe serves  Africainspired luncheses on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

From Friday to Sunday, Le Lingeries offers home cooked food from the team at Yes We Camp

There’s all day coffee and tea, cakes, cheese boards and on Sunday at around 11.30am you can pop in for brunch.

The Ressourcerie Creative


At first this looks like a big charity shop selling vintage bric-a-brac, clothes, books, furniture, crockery, fabric and haberdashery.

But there much more to the Ressourceries Creative; it’s an enterprise devoted to the social economy with the aim of recovering, and re-using goods we no longer want. It offers repair workshops for small appliances. And there are creative workshops, like making a pair of earrings or a necklace from Nespresso pods.

Classes and courses

ActivitiesLes Grands Voisins also offers a huge array of classes and courses including yoga, meditation, Chinese medicine, Shiatsu, Qi Gong, kids workshops, sewing, ceramics and much more.

You can even book yourself in for a Banya or Russian steam bath. It’s similar to a sauna where you can experience both wet and dry heat, and it’s here in Paris, at Les Grands Voisins, and it’s free! Each month Les Grand Voisins runs a rolling programme of activities.

Art Installations

SunloungersDotted around Les Grands Voisins are art installations. These artworks are called Ciudad Silencio, mobile sun loungers with disco ball designed by the Argentinian artist Pedro Marzorati, who invites you to relax and contemplate climate change.




Urban Camping

This I loved! This was awesome. Camping in Paris! From only eight euros a night!

The Paris urban camping experience provides alternative, accommodation in heart of Paris including private huts, tents, hammocks, stargazing cabin, along with an open air bathroom and laundry (including a bicycle powered washing machine – this gives a new meaning to the spin cycle!) and most importantly for the tech savvy traveller a recharge phone zone.

Accommodation booked via Les Grands Voisins, starts at eight euros per night.

Les Grands Voisins

Ancien hôpital Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
82, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau
75 014 Paris

Métro Denfert Rochereau
RER B Port Royal
Bus 38, N1

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35 thoughts on “Les Grands Voisins: urban camping in the heart of Paris

    1. I bet the kids are excited about camping – it’s a glorious experience for kids, they just run off and play all day! Hope you manage to go camping and thanks for the note on #KALCOLS.

    1. Oh yes camping has come to Paris – great for the early summer, I’d probably book a cabin though, and put the kids to work on the bicycle powered washing machine! Burn some energy!

    1. I’m with you on the luxury cabins. Actually we’ve camped on the Gower Coast in Wales and it’s gorgeous. Camping is a fab holiday for kids!

    1. It’s a great space…not a bad place to crash down for the night in the centre of Paris! Maybe a cosy cabin rather than a tent. Might leave that to gap year travellers!

  1. I’m a terrible camper, but I’d go for one of those luxury cabins! I love the whole setup of this – the workshops to repair small appliances is such a great idea, we throw away so much these days that could so easily be repaired if we knew how to do it! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    1. I’m not great at camping, but a good private cabin or a hammock with a starry night view would be awesome. The whole upcyling, recycling ethos of the project is brilliant. Always happy to be part of #sharingtheBloveLove you ladies are awesome!

    1. I’m not the world’s best camper, I think if I had to book a pitch I would opt for one of the cabins, and maybe chill out in hammock!

    1. Thank you! It’s a really cool place, I love the social ethos with the solidarity cafe and social housing as well as supporting local fledgling businesses.

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