“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
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.