20th Arrondissement - Ménilmontant



For most of the 19th century, Belleville was a township just outside the capital: an urban nightmare of unruly squatters and immigrants comprising parts of today's 20th, 19th and 12th arrondissement.

Inside this township, however, distinct frontiers marked different levels of poverty. What we today call "Belleville", the area east of the Metro station which is now firmly in the hands of immigrants from the Far East (and a great place for cheap Chinese food), was the least respectable of the township's residential areas, accommodating scroungers and circus folk like Edith Piaf who was, according to legend, born under a lamppost on Rue Belleville. Menilmontant, on the other hand, the childhood home of the equally famous Maurice Chevalier, was considered a tad above: this was where the working folks lived, people with proper jobs.

Both areas underwent substantial change in the 70s and 80s, but Belleville more so when the old tenements – think: Montmartre stairways with houses more densely packed, higher and shabbier – were replaced by new social housing and Belleville Park.   

The 20th is also home for one of Paris's most famous tourist attractions: Pere Lachaise cemetery, a veritable City of the Dead, is the burial place of (among others) Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.



Nightlife

Bar Piston Pelican
Theatre de Menilmontant
Theatre des Enfants Terribles
Miroiterie (La)
Centre d'Animation Louis-Lumière
Trois Arts (Les)
Taverne de Dickens (La)
Aux Folies
Theatre Popul'Air
Piscine des Tourelles
Église Saint-Gabriel
Culture Rapide
Villa (La)
Goguette (La)
Aux Troubadours
La Fleche d'Or
Cantine de Belleville (La)
Lou Pascalou
Confluences
French K-Wa (Le)
Pères Populaires (Les)
66 Pelleport
Ogresse
Cafe Des Sports (Le)
Centre Momboye
Vingtième Théâtre (Le)
Maroquinerie (La)
Bellevilloise (La)
Petite Salle
AUX COPAINS
Salle XXL Numerote
Pix Bar (Le)
Studio Le Regard du Cygne
Rigoletto (Le)
Mer à Boire (La)
Mère Lachaise (La)
Theatre Aux Mains Nues
Theatre de l'Est Parisien

Attractions

Studio Le Regard du Cygne
Parc de Belleville (Le)
Eglise Reformee de Belleville
Eglise Saint Jean Bosco
Théâtre de Ménilmontant
Theatre des Enfants Terribles
Eglise Saint-Gabriel
Theatre Popul'Air
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff
Marti Claude
Place de la Réunion
Ogresse
Boulevard Mortier
Eglise Notre-Dame de la Croix
Campagne à Paris (La)
Ateliers du Père Lachaise Associés
Centre d'Animation Louis-Lumiere
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
Piscine des Tourelles
Cimetiere de Pere-Lachaise
Tomb of Abelard and Heloise
No complex
Rue des Pyrenees
Rue Alexandre Dumas
Rue Belgrand
Rue du Telegraphe
Bellevilloise (La)

Restaurants

French K-Wa (Le)
La Fleche d'Or
Villa (La)
Aux Troubadours
Allobroges (Les)
Baratin (Le)
Mère Lachaise (La)
Goguette (La)
Veuix Belleville (Le)
Mer à Boire (La)
Rital et Courts
Bellevilloise (La)
Maroquinerie (La)
Koçona Café

Hotels

Hôtel Armstrong
Mama Shelter

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