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We stayed in Belleville on the recommendation of a Parisian friend, and we were not disappointed! It's a lively but cool area with lots of bars, restaurants and brunch places. To get a non-tourist perspective of Paris, definitely visit Belleville.
Being a street art photographer allows me to check out neighborhoods that regular tourists may never visit because there are no monuments, or such neighborhoods are considered 'undesirable'. My sole mission in going to Belleville was to seek out a few very specific works of...More
After you've seen just about everything else in Paris, and if you are interested in digging deeper, do visit Belleville. Historically important residence of Paris' working class, important during the Commune period, now home to many immigrants, on the way to gentrification. Lots of affordable...More
The street-art scene in this neighborhood is a delite! (Galleries, too.). Lace up your best walking shoes and grab your camera(s) .... just never know which corner you'll turn and "Wham-POW" -- fun art on the walls. There are some helpful guidePosts on Google, but...More
Belleville can come across a bit rough and ready on arrival, but when you get into it you'll be pleasantly surprised. Lots of great bars full of regulars and stundents. Also very cheap for Paris. Get to aux follies for €4 a pint. Also Le...More
So. Belleville was perfect for my trip.
Great food. Authentic experience. English speakers everywhere.
Safety? Let me put it like this. I counted more than 30 soldiers with assault rifles between my hotel and the stations on Boulevard De Belleville. That doesn't include the Police....More
I booked an AirBNB studio in Belleville (near Jourdain metro stop) and really enjoyed my time here. There is a bus (26) which brings you directly into the area from the Gare du Nord and it's a half hour walk to busy Republique. The streets...More
We visited here to see a famous graffiti/art alley that was listed in our Frommer's guidebook. What we found was a dirty and slightly seedy neighborhood. We stopped in at a bar and were treated rudely. Not worth our time while in Paris.
At the eastern edge of Paris lies Belleville / Père Lachaise, an understated wonderland of local treasures. Alongside the world-famous cemetery, family-owned delicatessens and cafés nestle between local stores and establishments. The richness of the population here has created a little Chinatown of Asian restaurants, and the area comes to life at night by a funky underground scene. Façades change from one
street to another as one passes from white walled provincial homes to tall blocks and reconverted homes. The whole area is an inspirational mix of people from all corners of the world frequented by artists, students, immigrants, and Parisian families. Once home to supporters of the Paris commune, its rebellious nature is now offset by its rural charms.