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Belleville, Paris

by Andy / FarAndFurther-team

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word "Paris"? Probably images of grand boulevards, leafy parks, River Seine with its bridges, stylish Parisians sipping down their Cafe Latte. Or perhaps famous landmarks: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Le Louvre, Arc de Triomphe... The list of goes on and on.

All this is very true and certainly part of the essential Paris experience. However, Paris is a multifaceted city and if you have the time, you could be pleasantly surprised by spending some of it in one of the more seldom visited quarters.

Enter Belleville – a dizzying array of cultures, a refuge for artists, "alternative folks" and dreamers. It also has a plentitude of small and affordable ethnic restaurants, bars and cafes. Belleville with its smaller and somewhat shabby streets seems to have the old Paris charm that has unfortunately been polished away to some extent from more popular (read: more touristy) city quarters like Montmartre or Pigalle.

Belleville wall art

Wall art highlighting Belleville's ethnic diversity.

Les Folies Bar

Les Folies, a popular place for locals to waste an afternoon sipping
down inexpensive beer (by Paris standards, anyway).

Terrace view

Chinese shops

Belleville also has an energetic China Town.

Huge illusion on a wall

"Beware of Words". Everything is not what it seems however...


Why are these workers not moving?


Because they're dummies! They sure got us on this one...

Huge mural of a colored man

Impressive wall painting.

Mural of Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is still popular here.

Mural of Madonna

La Madonna.

Mural of a pink flamingo

Pink flamingo behind a heap of rubbish ... Nice!

Falafel restaurant

Belleville has lots of ethnic restaurants, like
this sandwich and falafel restaurant.

Spanish restaurant and a dog

Or maybe you fancy Spanish food?

Mural of waterpipe smoking

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