Situated on a hill and home to one of the city´s two chinatowns , Belleville is a multi-ethnic neighborhood who is becoming trendy with hip bars, restaurants and clubs.
The iconic French singer Édith Piaf grew up there and, according to legend, was born under a lamppost on the steps of the Rue de Belleville.
Canal St-Martins is west of Belleville and lined with bo-bo (bohemian bourgeois) chic cafées and boutiques and criss-crossed with picturesque bridges.
Cruise, bike or take a charming walk along the canal.
The 2 1/ 2 hour cruise take you through the tunnel starting at Bastille, and up to La Villette, climbing the series of lock as the hill rises and gives you a completely different perspective of the canal.
The canal harbours off beat designers and vintage boutiques, specially on the northern stretch of rue Beaurepaire and along the quays.
Parc de Belleville
At the top of this little known park, you will get one of the best panoramas of Paris. It´s the highest park in Paris. There is a small vineyard growing pinot meunier from Champagne and chardonnay from Bourgogne which is terraced down the slopes. Early morning you can see Chinese men & women practise t´ai chi.
Ca Se Visite! Belleville walking tours
Get the inside tips from the locals and join them for 2 1/2 hour “urban discovery tour” through Belleville.