Cadet Metro station’s cultural-themed decor
Cadet Metro station’s decor is dedicated to Gal Lafayette and the War of Independence of the United States of America.
Indeed, its direct access to Rue Lafayette turned it into a good site to commemorate this page of Franco-American history.
The tiles of the vaulted ceiling represent the stars and the stripes of the American flag. Red, white and blue ribbons run down the walls and Gal Lafayette is represented straddling. Even the seats are tricolour!
This is quite effective and brings a lot of energy and colour to the small station which is really worth the detour!
Cadet is on Line 7 which links the station La Courneuve-May 8, 1945 in the north of Paris to Villejuif-Louis-Aragon in the south.
Cadet, a metro station named after a market gardener
The station was named after the Cadet de Chambine, a family of market gardeners who owned the land traversed by Rue Cadet.
This street was originally a dirt track used by the Paris highways to reach one of the city’s garbage dumps. It was then known as Chemin de la Voirie.
As they degraded, these wastes turned into an excellent compost, which the Cadet used to fertilise their vegetable crops.
This made their fortune and allowed them to climb the social ladder. One of their descendants, the Chevalier Cadet de Chambine, indeed became mayor of Montmorency (north of Paris) during the Bourbon Restoration.
By the mid-18th century the district had developed. The Chemin de la Voirie became a street, Rue de la Voirie, which was renamed Rue Cadet in 1910.
Sites of interest near Cadet Metro station?
The station’s superb Guimard Art Nouveau entrance at the intersection of Rue Cadet and Rue Lafayette.
From there, a 10mn walk will take you to the lively Grands Boulevards.
Directions: 9th district
Coordinates: Lat 48.876246 – Long 2.344454