Located just over 20 kilometres from the heart of Paris, Torcy is a residential neighbourhood in the Île-de-France region. It’s home to meandering waterways and one of the oldest chocolate factories in the world, as well as a sprawling estate that’s been transformed into a cultural hub.
Things to do in Torcy
A short stroll from the Torcy railway station is Cultural Park Rentilly - Michel Chartier, a former feudal property that’s now a public park. Many of its original buildings were transformed into art spaces, including a chateau covered in mirrors to reflect the surrounding greenery. In addition to its exhibition halls, theatre and resource centre, the complex hosts an artist residence and the annual Frisson Baroque and Autumn Jazz festivals.
One of Torcy’s most popular attractions is the Old Menier Chocolate Factory, which was built between 1869 and 1872 on designs by architect Jules Saulnier. It’s renowned for its beautifully patterned brick facade that reflects the role of cocoa in the creation of chocolate. The buildings are best appreciated during a cruise on the Marne River and Chelles Canal.
To the north of the Old Menier Chocolate Factory sprawls the Lac de Vaires-sur-Marne, which is a popular setting for swimming, sailing and canoeing in the summer months. Just across the Marne River is Golf de Torcy, a nine-hole golf course designed by Alain Prat in a Scottish links style. There are putting, pitching and chipping greens where you can practice your skills, as well as a spacious driving range.
Getting around Torcy
Torcy is around 45 minutes’ drive from the centre of Paris and 25 minutes from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Regular trains connect along the RER line A to Torcy station and buses travel throughout the neighbourhood.