Belleville and Ménilmontant

Superb view over Paris from Ménilmontant, cosmopolitan atmosphere at Belleville: a walk with authentic flavour

Belleville and Ménilmontant provide walkers with another facet of the capital. The cosmopolitan district of Belleville is charming in its diversity: a park whose belvedere offers a panoramic view of the centre of Paris, a dynamic arts scene, a big open market … As for the 'village' of Ménilmontant, it is an invitation to stroll around its narrow little streets, drop into a local artist’s studio, discover an authentic and popular Paris.

1 La Maison des Métallos

Maison des Métallos, Paris  © DR

Firstly an industrial plant, then a brass instruments factory, the Maison des Métallos was transformed into an arts space for professionals and amateurs. It is a place for cultural exchanges and a venue for hosting local events.

2 Musée Edith Piaf

Musée Edith Piaf, Paris © DR

The former private apartment of Edith Piaf is now a museum housing numerous personal objects once belonging to the legendary artist, a porcelain collection, as well as the famous black dress that is synonymous with the artist.

3 Ménilmontant

Métro Ménilmontant, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Winding streets, large cobblestones, traditional old houses scattered over a small hillside… you are in fact in the Ménilmontant district.

4 Belleville artists workshops

The Belleville artists’ studios, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

The Belleville artists’ workshops account for some 250 artists and 23 groups of artists. They have been a rich part of the cultural landscape of this district since 1989 and seek to make art accessible to everyone.

5 Parc de Belleville

Parc de Belleville, Paris © OTCP - Marc Verhille

Created in 1988 on the heights of Belleville, this 45,000 m² park offers a breathtaking view of the capital. It has an original play area for children as well as a waterfall fountain. A testimony to its past, the park also has 140 vines, which each produce 2 to 3 kilos of grapes. The harvesting takes place each year. The Maison de l'air has permanent exhibitions about the air in Paris.

6 Jourdain district

Métro Jourdain, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Also known as Haut-Belleville, the Jourdain district has a village-like feel to it with typically Parisian bistros, paved streets and hidden courtyards.

7 A walk in the Belleville district

Open Days at the Belleville artists’ studios, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Until recently this area was home to working classes from many different countries: a veritable melting pot of different nationalities. It has undergone great changes and a more affluent population has moved in, leading to the opening of designer shops and trendy addresses. Quite a makeover for this typically Parisian faubourg!