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A guide to local favorites in Belleville

A building in Belleville surrounded by blossoming trees.
  • By Jennifer Padjemi
  • Photos by Cyril Marcilhacy
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Belleville
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Belleville remains a working-class neighborhood, even though gentrification has tried to overtake it. The home of Paris’s Algerian and Chinese communities for decades, this enclave has been discovered in recent years by artists, thanks to cheap rent. Its rough-around-the-edges appearance may not give you the typical Paris experience, but it’s a place where the city’s diversity is on full display.

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Jennifer has lived in the Paris region for most of her life. She spent time in Madrid and Birmingham, England, while studying, but she has always come back to the city where she feels truly at home.

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Belleville

Le Renard
Grab a creative cocktail at this stylish bar lined with wallpaper of its namesake — the fox. Everything is 6 euros during happy hour, so don’t miss it.
Le Renard, 38 Rue de Sambre-et-Meuse, 75010 Paris, France
Chinatown Belleville
You’ll feel as if you’re in a Wong Kar-wai movie in this karaoke restaurant, beloved by the Chinese Parisian community since the 1980s.
Chinatown Belleville, 27 Rue du Buisson Saint-Louis, 75010 Paris, France
Soya
This restaurant proves that vegan food can be fancy, too. Dishes like vegetable mozzarella, plant-based “caviar” and seaweed tartare are all on the menu.
soya, 20 Rue de la Pierre Levée, 75011 Paris, France
Parc de Belleville
Paris has a lot of beautiful parks, but nothing beats the sights you can see from this one, especially when the sun goes down.
Parc de Belleville, 47 Rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris, France
Aux Folies Belleville
Here, you can have a drink among graffiti-covered walls and longtime Belleville residents who tell the best stories of their neighborhood.
Aux Folies Belleville, 8 Rue de Belleville, 75020 Paris, France
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Jennifer Padjemi
Jennifer has lived in the Paris region for most of her life. She spent time in Madrid and Birmingham, England, while studying, but she has always come back to the city where she feels truly at home.
Cyril Marcilhacy
Cyril is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post and a native Parisian. He loves his city’s cultural diversity and is the co-owner of three cocktail bars in Paris.

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