Calling all foodies of Belleville! We’ve all been there: wandering along the Rue de Belleville around lunch or dinner time, peering into packed restaurants and wondering which to pick. Hunger is setting in. Just can’t decide? We’ve got you covered. Hunger no longer with our picks for this month’s restaurant highlights!
Walking uphill, from Belleville metro station to Jourdain:
Le Président is the epitomy of Chinese dining in Belleville. An elegant interior is paired with white tablecloth service at this grand establishment. The tea smoked duck is the dish which piqued our interest for its tantalizing plating and rich flavors. Fun fact: this restaurant has, in fact, been patroned by various French presidents!
120 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 47 00 17 18
Wenzhou – Chez Alex
If you’re often around Belleville at lunchtime, you’ll see passerbys walking around with steaming white buns in hand. These buns are Chinese baos — steamed pork (char siu baos) to be exact— and knowing where to find one is almost like a neighborhood rite of passage. Well, look no further! Wenzhou has flavorful baos and more dim sum at deliciously affordable prices.
24 Rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 46 36 56 33
As the first Asian restaurant in Belleville, Guo Min has a dish for every occassion. At this copious Chinese restaurant, diners are treated to classic Chinese and pan-Asian food at its finest. With its friendly hours, patrons can visit this establishment from lunch til midnight. This place is great for big groups as well!
39 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 08 88 88
In Paris’ burgeoning fresh noodle scene, Mian Guan is a star. The spicy beef stew with hand cut noodles is perfect for a cold night. As a bonus: at the far end of this casual eatery, lucky diners will spot chefs making long strings of artisanal noodles—all from scratch!
34 Rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 33 45 01
Tucked away on a quiet side street of the Rue de Belleville, a discrete exterior houses a wonderfully modern establishment — Le Baratin. Chef Raquel Carena, an influential figure of the bistronomy movement, is behind this establishment which serves hearty daily specialties with a contemporary twist. A fine wine list is offered alongside meals: another reason to bring a date or some good friends!
3 Rue Jouye-Rouve, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 49 39 70
This stylish eatery wins hearts with their flavourful Lebanese fare; it’s also friendly to our fellow vegetarians. L’Artisan Libanais is a lunchtime favorite turned intimate restaurant at night, boasting an impressive display of freshly made spreads, beignets, and more. Their pitas and generous plates are a must have!
91 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 65 95 25
Walking past Le Faitout, one wouldn’t expect its vegan origins. Surprisingly discreet, diners enter into a warmly lit classical French bistrot featuring a wrap around bar. At this convivial restaurant, patrons are greeted by a friendly staff and local brews. The plant based cheese is texturally delightful, and the generous portions make this restaurant a classic go to spot for both tapas and French vegan comfort food. Plan ahead, and you might even make it to one of their lauded jazz nights!
23 Avenue Simon Bolivar, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 08 07 09
Le Mistral is a well kept neighborhood secret. Hiding in plain sight on the Rue des Pyrénees, this bistrot boasts a gorgeous backyard patio and is a beacon of hope for those seeking excellent regional food from Aveyron. We wholeheartedly recommend the aligot!
401 Rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 46 36 98 20
Coup de tête
A blooming newcomer on the Belleville food scene, Coup de Tete is a refreshing restaurant that turns eyes, not only with its bright sea blue exterior, but also with its delicious smells. Fresh cuisine is served daily at this contemporary eatery; they offer plates that burst with colorful flavor. It’s a restaurant that doesn’t disappoint. Be sure to reserve in advance — neighbors have already got their eye on this one!
107 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 48 03 31 36
Nakagawa is a chain of restaurants serving elegant and authentic Japanese fare. One of three sister restaurants, the Rue de Lassus establishment specializes in supremely fresh sushi and sashimi; their appetizers don’t disappoint either (ask for the tofu!). A bright and clean interior and quality of ingredients are some of the reasons we said Yes.
9 Rue Lassus, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 08 43 22
There are hundreds of restaurants lining the streets of our beloved neighborhoods, waiting to be tried. We support shopping local, and helping our neighbors thrive; we’ll continue to share our monthly finds with you, so you can too!
Sophie Pontipiedra for Paris Lights Up
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