For a destination that's truly off the beaten track, head to Belleville. This northern neighborhood was once quite poor, and legend has it that French singer Edith Piaf was actually born in the streets of Belleville. Today Belleville remains affordable and arty, with many artists setting up their loft-studios here. Belleville is also home to large Chinese and Vietnamese populations, and you'll find many Asian-influenced restaurants in the 20th arrondissement. Among the many local parks, Parc de Belleville is a prime spot for a stroll, with magnificent views of the city from the north.
Getting Around Paris
The best way to get around Paris is by using public transportation. The metro, bus or RER suburban trains are by far the easiest and most efficient way to move around the city. The metro operates from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6:30 a.m. until 2:15 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The bus operates Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Some bus routes that serve major transit hubs have extended hours until 12:30 a.m. Metro and bus fares start at 1.70€. Multiple pass books (which afford you a discount) are available as are day passes. Taxis are also a convenient way to get around the city. Minimum fare is 6.40€ and charges vary based on traffic and time. All Paris taxi services can be contacted by calling 01 45 30 30 30.
Nearby Airports
  • Charles de Gaulle Airport-CDG
  • Paris Orly Airport-ORY
Airport Taxis
  • 45€ (depending on traffic)
Things to Do and See Near Belleville