• Walk and get lost in the streets to admire the charm of the accomodations, bucolic quiet streets, secret passages, little gardens or street art spreading all around.
• Find an entrance to La Petite Ceinture, a former railway that used to circle Paris. Abandoned, nature has reclaimed its right and it has now become an alternative place for exploration and street art. (It is theoretically forbidden to enter, but many people do it though)
• Stop by the nice arty cultural places : la Bellevilloise, a café/restaurant that organises concerts, exhibitions and weekend brunches. Or attend a concert at La Maroquinerie, to discover young artists, almost all into indie music.
• Visit le Père Lachaise, the biggest cemetery of Paris where you can find the grave of famous French artists and people (Edith Piaf, Balzac, de Musset, Molière, de la Fontaine, Proust ..) but also Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde...
Time to stay: a few hours
Subway: Ménilmontant (line 2), Gambetta (line 3)
Location: 20ème arrondissement
Distant from the center of the city, mainly occupied by convenience stores, Ménilmontant is a residential area forgotten by the visitors. Considered as the countryside in Paris, hillside, made of bucolic and quiet streets, flowered houses and little gardens, the district accommodates many artists, families or penniless people attracted by the affordable and peaceful way of life.
At night, locals can meet in the traditional bars and cafés, in a convivial and unpretentious atmosphere.