Posts Tagged ‘Belleville’

Shrimp dumplings at Pacifique, a Chinese restaurant with an exhaustive menu in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris.

Le Pacifique

I hit Paris bistro saturation last weekend, and found myself in need of some new flavors and a new environment, so I ventured out to Belleville for a taste of their little Chinatown.

Chinese immigrants settled in the Belleville area in the 1920s, and you’ll see their influence up and down rue de Belleville, mixed in with African, Jewish, Greek and Armenian cultures.

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Bone-in lamb with wilted spinach and baby potatoes at Le Baratin, a homestyle Paris bistro in the 20th Arrondissement of Paris

Le Baratin

On a recent Friday it was a rainy day in Paris for what seemed like the hundredth time. I was debating whether it was even worth it to venture outside in the wet mess when I got a call from a friend who asked me to join her at the cozy Paris bistro Le Baratin for some good French home cooking. It sounded like the perfect cure for my rain-dampened blues.

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Parc de Belleville, in Paris

Belleville in Paris

Belleville is set apart from the Paris of historical landmarks and glowing monuments, and worlds away from the Paris of designer labels of the Champs Elysées. Belleville in Paris is an area that is historically home to the middle class, and now hosts pockets of various ethnicities—including Asian, Arab and Jewish—as well as bobos. “Bobo” refers to “bourgeois bohemian” and is a term used to describe yuppie hipsters. This mélange of culture also makes Belleville a great destination for delicious cuisine.

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Three Ways to Go Drinking in Paris

Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris transports the City of Light back to the bohemian 1920s, full of feathers and fur. So if you, like Gil Pender, are looking for a night sparkling with wonder and sights anew, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s more to be had than a simple verre de vin rouge. Here are three entirely different ways to go drinking in Paris.

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Langoustine carpaccio at Olivier Camus' Le Chapeau Melon in the 19th Arrondissement

Le Chapeau Melon

Some of the best food in Paris can be found outside the city center. There’s Jadis, in the far reaches of the 15th; La Régalade, at the end of line 4; and La Bigarrade, on the edge of the sprawling 17th, just to name a few. To that list you can add Le Chapeau Melon, in Belleville.

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Picture Perfect Paris

My decision to live in Paris was very spontaneous. I was visiting and just decided to stay. And since that decision…

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Poetry in Paris

Spoken word is the best thing I did in Paris. The city is a wonderful place, but the language and cultural barrier can leave one…

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Nuit Blanche and Other Fall Festivals

I had always wanted to go to Nuit Blanche, so I earnestly set out on my all-night (7 p.m.–7 a.m.) art adventure last Saturday but got off to a slow start. Nuit Blanche is a nine-year-old free arts festival that aims to introduce non-art people to the art world, with installations and performances in fabulous venues throughout town, started in Paris by town hall. The event is so successful that it has been copied around the world, in Toronto, Stockholm and elsewhere. This year the exhibits were concentrated in three areas […]

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