Belleville – Ménilmontant – Père Lachaise

    At the eastern end of Paris, the Belleville-Ménilmontant neighborhood is among the most popular and lively in the city. One of the most affordable parts of town, the 20th arrondissement is a vibrant, diverse, and laid-back area with many unique boutiques, outdoor markets, and hip bars along the main avenues. The bustling boulevards around Belleville are covered with street art, but the neighborhood has a quieter, calmer side too. The Parc de Belleville offers stunning sunset views of Paris and you can visit the tombs of Chopin, Oscar Wilde, or Jim Morrison at the lovely Père Lachaise cemetery.

    Belleville – Ménilmontant – Père Lachaise Neighborhood, Paris.

My life in the Neighborhood

It was a lovely spring evening and some friends from the US were in town, passing through Paris just for a night. We met up at a brasserie in Menilmontant, L’Entrepot’s on the animated Rue Sorbier, and sat outside on the terrace catching up over some delicious Belgian beer. Midnight came and went, and so did the last metro. We were having too good of a time to leave and decided we’d take a velib’ whenever we were ready to go.

When the bar closed up around 2, we headed to a nearby velib’ station and each hopped on one of the public bikes. My friends were staying in an apartment somewhere near Nation and didn’t know Paris that well, so I accompanied them even though I lived nearby. The Rue de Menilmontant is pretty steep, but we were near the top, so we flew down on our bikes, hair in the wind, all smiles on the empty streets. It felt like we had the city all to ourselves.

By Alesa   
  • Paris Parc de Belleville
  • Paris Pere Lachaise
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery
  • Père Lachaise

Neighborhood Staples

  • Catch a sunset at the Parc de Belleville for great views over Paris

  • Hunt for street art in the streets of Belleville - artists are often painting on Rue Denoyez

  • Admire the impressive Notre Dame de la Croix cathedral in Menilmontant

  • Stroll through the Père Lachaise cemetery and search for Jim Morrison's grave


Urbansider's Picks


Related experiences

Other Neighbourhoods

    © urbansider 2019
    website by mobyclic

    Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau