Belleville and Ménilmontant

Paris Lights Up Belleville Ménilmontant Guide

With their narrow streets sloping down to the bustling boulevards downhill, Belleville and Ménilmontant are two of the most iconic neighborhoods of Eastern Paris.

Former villages perched on the side of a hill, these historically working-class neighborhoods became a favorite nightlife retreat of Parisians even before they were incorporated as part of the capital in 1860. Their lively reputation remains true to this day!

Many residents of Belleville and Ménilmontant fully embraced the  social uprisings of the 19th century – notably during the Paris Commune of 1871, with the last barricades standing below today’s verdant Parc de Belleville.

In more recent history, waves of new residents arrived from all parts of the world, originating from Armenia, Central and Eastern Europe, North and West Africa, and finally Southeast Asia and China in the 1980s – Belleville is Paris’ second largest Chinatown. Along with Ménilmontant, they have quickly become a mosaic of cultures in the heart of Paris.

Beyond its hidden cobblestone streets and secret stairways, Belleville and Ménilmontant have much more to offer than the old Parisian cliché. Today, locals and visitors alike can be found sharing a drink on a terrace, enjoying a truly international cuisine, and leisurely wandering around the area’s two large green spaces: the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Parc de Belleville.

 

 

 

SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS

 

 

Paris Lights Up Butte Bergeyre

Butte Bergeyre

Like a charming little village perched atop a hill overlooking the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, the Butte Bergeyre ranks among the few micro-neighborhoods spared by the Parisian traffic. Standing at an altitude of 100 meters (330 feet), this residential – and rather wealthy – neighborhood is lined with many houses and villa, some vines, and a community garden. It also offers some of the best views of Paris’ most famous hill, Montmartre! We can only recommend to enter from the staircase located at 54 Avenue Simon Bolivar, celebrated in a 1950 photograph by Willy Ronis.

Rue Georges Lardennois, 75019 Paris

 

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Parc & Belvédère de Belleville

At the heart of the neighborhood, the Parc de Belleville offers wonderful views of the Parisian cityscape and green lawns to relax in the summertime. Atop the hillside park stands the Belvédère, a popular hanging spot for locals where community events are held regularly.

27 Rue Piat, 75020 Paris

 

Place Henri Krasucki

A maze of narrow streets lead to this charming roundabout, where Bellevillois gather to meet at one of the cafés surrounding the square. Don’t forget to check out the corner bakery, registered as a historic building thanks to its ancient tile decoration. The surrounding Rue des Envierges, Rue de la Mare, and Rue des Cascades are all very popular among Parisian street artists.

Place Henri Krasucki, 75020 Paris

 

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Rue de Belleville

This very unique street at the heart of the Belleville Chinatown offers a great diversity of Asian cuisines and boasts an incredibly rich history, from its enduring status as a nightlife hub to its connexions to the historic struggles of the Parisian working class. Take a stroll from the Belleville metro station to the next stops Pyrénées or Jourdain (or the other way around if you want to avoid the walk uphill) to catch a glimpse of its architectural diversity, vibrant businesses, and general liveliness. At the crossroad with Avenue Simon Bolivar, you’ll be rewarded with an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

Rue de Belleville, 75019/75020 Paris

 

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Rue Denoyez

This cobbled little street running parallel to the Boulevard de Belleville used to be an iconic spot for Parisian street artists. The former artist cooperatives are currently being turned into social housing, with trendy cafés and boutiques opening all around. Street art enthusiasts are advised to explore further north, towards the heights of the Parc de Belleville.

Rue Denoyez, 75020 Paris

 

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Sainte-Marthe neighborhood

This quaint neighborhood is a mosaic of peaceful streets adorned with colorful facades, lively cafés and hip boutiques. Locals flock to the little square at the heart of the Sainte-Marthe neighborhood, a haven of peace amidst the hustle and bustle of Belleville and Rue Saint-Maur.

Rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010 Paris

 

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Villa de l’Ermitage & Cité Leroy

A well-known detour for Bellevillois, the Villa de l’Ermitage is without a doubt one of the most charming passages of Eastern Paris. Artists workshops, sunny courtyards, finely wrought porches and lush vegetation – by Paris standards – it is hard to imagine that the lively Rue de Ménilmontant is right around the corner! With an old fashioned and simple charm, these two passages are a must-see for those exploring the hilltops of Belleville.

Villa de l’Ermitage / Cité Leroy, 75020 Paris

 

 

CULTURAL VENUES

 

Ateliers d’artistes de Belleville

1 Rue Francis Picabia, 75020 Paris
+33 1 73 74 27 67
ateliers-artistes-belleville.fr

 

Maison des Métallos

94 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris
+33 1 47 00 25 20
www.maisondesmetallos.org

 

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Pavillon Carré de Baudouin

121 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
+33 1 58 53 55 40
www.mairie20.paris.fr

 

Théâtre de Belleville

94 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 48 06 72 34
www.theatredebelleville.com

 

Théâtre Clavel

3 Rue Clavel, 75019 Paris
+33 9 75 45 60 56
www.theatre-clavel.com

 

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Théâtre de Ménilmontant

15 Rue du Retrait, 75020 Paris
+33 1 46 36 98 60
www.menilmontant.info

 

– Find more art galleries in Belleville and Ménilmontant here

 

 

LODGING

 

Generator Hostel

Opened in 2015, this state-of-the-art hostel boasts some pleasant features including a café, a restaurant, and a lively rooftop bar offering great views of the city. The property is located right above line 2 of the Metro, and is only a short walk away from the Canal Saint-Martin and the charming Saint-Marthe neighborhood.

9-11 Place du Colonel Fabien, 75010 Paris
+33 (0)1 70 98 84 00
ask.paris@generatorhostels.com
https://generatorhostels.com/destinations/paris

 

The Loft Boutique Hostel and Hotel

This colorful hostel is located in the heart of the bustling Belleville neighborhood: an ideal situation the enjoy the area’s many restaurants and bars. The property is nestled right under the slanted Parc de Belleville, which boasts some of the best views of the city.

70 Rue Julien Lacroix, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 02 42 02
bonjour@theloft-paris.com
theloft-paris.com

 

Les Piaules

This elegant hostel is located on a corner building overlooking the busy Boulevard de Belleville, in the heart of one a multicultural neighborhood rich with cafés and nightlife venues. Don’t forget to enjoy a craft beer at the bar or on the terrasse, or check out the rooftops of Paris from the rooftop patio.

59 Boulevard de Belleville, 75011 Paris
+ 33 (0)1 43 55 09 97
contact@lespiaules.com

https://www.lespiaules.com

 

 

RESTAURANTS

 

L’Atelier Libanais
Lebanese Restaurant

Charming Lebanese restaurant serving falafels and shawarmas.

91 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 65 95 25

www.atelier-libanais.com

 

Les Bols d’Antoine
Vegetarian – Vegan Restaurant

10 Rue des Envierges, 75020 Paris, France
+33 6 99 18 39 52

 

La Cantine de Belleville
French Restaurant

108 Boulevard de Belleville, 75020 Paris
+33 1 43 15 99 29
lacantinebelleville.fr

 

Guo Min
Chinese and Southeast Asian Restaurant

A pioneering address of the Belleville Chinatown, Guo Min offers quality dishes in a traditional setting.

39 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris
+33 1 42 08 88 88
guo-min-paris.business.site

 

Le Faitout
Vegetarian – Vegan Restaurant

This vegan restaurant with a classic bistrot flair stands above a charming stairway leading to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Outdoor terrace and occasional concerts.

23 Avenue Simon Bolivar, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 08 07 09

www.lefaitout.fr

 

Floréal Belleville
Cultural Café welcoming Rotating Chefs

Fully renovated, this historic venue at the foot of the Parc de Belleville reopened in late 2018 as a café, restaurant, and cultural center.

43 Rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris, France
+33 1 43 61 94 66

 

Le Firat
Kurdish Restaurant

This Kurdish restaurant is located at the crossroad of two of the area’s busiests streets, the Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple and the Rue Saint-Maur.

175 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
+33 1 40 21 04 69

 

Krung Thep Mahanakorn
Thai Restaurant

61 Rue de Belleville, 75019 Paris
+33 1 53 19 08 46

 

Lou Pascalou
Cultural café

14 Rue des Panoyaux, 75020 Paris
+33 1 46 36 78 10
www.cafe-loupascalou.com

 

Le Mezze du Chef
Turkish Restaurant

80 Rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)6 95 65 19 20
www.lemezzeduchefcigkofte.fr

 

Mian Guan
Chinese Restaurant

Climb up the sloping Rue de Belleville to try this Chinese restaurant specialing in hand-pulled noodles.

34 Rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 33 45 01

 

Le Mistral
French Restaurant

This surprising bistrot serves traditional food from Aveyron. Guests can enjoy a café on the terrace, or explore the charming interior and quiet outdoor patio before savoring some aligot.

401 Rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris
+33 1 46 36 98 20

 

Il Posto
Italian Restaurant

We can only recommend the ourmet pizzas, prepared by a dedicated Italian staff. Modern indoor setting and wide terrace on the lively Rue des Pyrénées.

356 Rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris
+33 1 43 66 18 58
www.ilposto.fr

 

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Le Président
Chinese Restaurant

This classic Chinese restaurant boasting a grandiose decor is a staple of the Belleville Chinatown. Several French presidents actually visited to enjoy its cuisine – and court the large French-Chinese community.

120 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011 Paris
+33 1 47 00 17 18
www.lepresident-paris.fr

 

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Primeur
Vegetarian – Vegan Restaurant

4 Rue Lemon, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 71 70 95 28

 

Là-haut
French Restaurant

10 Rue Pixérécourt, 75020 Paris
+33 9 51 07 78 68
lahautparis20.business.site

 

Tang Gourmet Belleville
Chinese and Southeast Asian Restaurant

In the heart of the Belleville Chinatown, a simple cantine offering roast duck and crispy pork belly.

8 Rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 58 18 11
www.tang-freres.fr

 

 

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Tin Tin
Vietnamese Restaurant

17 Rue Louis Bonnet, 75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 43 55 50 13

 

 

GRABBING A DRINK

 

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Aux Folies ♥

Aux Folies is a staple for locals and visitors alike. This classic Parisian bar has a large terrace to share drinks while enjoying the hustle and bustle of Rue de Belleville. Service is efficient and the prices are consistently low!

8 Rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris
www.aux-folies-belleville.fr

 

Le Barbouquin

Pleasant literary café-bar hiding at the end of the pedestrian Rue Denoyez.

1 Rue Denoyez, 75020 Paris
+33 9 84 32 13 21

 

Café Chéri ♥

Popular neighborhood bar with low prices, lively terrace and warm neon lightings.

44 Boulevard de la Villette, 75019 Paris
+33 9 53 05 93 36

 

Culture Rapide

Culture Rapide ♥

Artsy bar-café with occasional open mics and consistently low prices. Culture Rapide has one of Paris’ most pleasant terraces, sprawling on a lively square facing Rue de Belleville. Poetry, music, comedy nights: there is something for every taste in the bar’s busy event calendar.

103 Rue Julien Lacroix, 75020 Paris
culture-rapide.business.site

 

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La Laverie

Hip neighborhood bar at the corner of the peaceful Rue Sorbier.

1, rue Sorbier, 75020 Paris
www.cafelalaverie.fr

 

Les Mésanges

Cute bistro with a terrace, a perfect spot to enjoy the quiet Place Henri-Krasucki.

82 Rue de la Mare, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 52 99 69
lesmesanges.eatbu.com

 

Les Nouveaux Sauvages

Colorful bar with a prime terrace on the pleasant Rue des Pyrénées.

12 Place du Guignier, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)9 53 82 66 23

 

Le Saint-Sauveur

This colorful bar, with stickers and protest posters playing a central role in the local decor, embodies some of the radical politics that have long been part of Belleville and Ménilmontant history. Great spot to grab a beer while enjoying the reggae or ska playing in the background.

11 Rue des Panoyaux, 75020 Paris

 

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La Sardine ♥

La Sardine has a wonderful location on the peaceful square at the heart of the Sainte-Marthe neighborhood. Locals fill up the wide outdoor terrace almost year-long to enjoy some snacks and reasonably-priced drinks.

32 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010 Paris
www.barlasardine.com

 

Le 9b

Located on the corner of the busy Boulevard de la Villette, this bar has a popular terrace and a basement dancefloor. Guests can enjoy regular electronic music gigs – just check the events calendar on their website.

68 Boulevard de la Villette, 75019 Paris
www.le9b.com

 

 

LATE NIGHT & CONCERTS

 

Paris Lights Up La Java

La Java

105 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris
www.la-java.fr

 

La Bellevilloise

19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 46 36 07 07
www.labellevilloise.com

 

Paris Lights Up La Maroquinerie

La Maroquinerie

23 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 33 35 05
www.lamaroquinerie.fr

 

Studio de l’Ermitage

8 Rue de l’Ermitage, 75020 Paris
+33 (0)1 44 62 02 86
www.studio-ermitage.com

 

 

 

 

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