It's been 11 years I am living in Paris, and for me the North East of Paris is the best area to live. Belleville is a cosmopolitan animated district with a melting pot of cultures, great spots to have drinks and food from all over the world.
The perfect location if you want to experiment the typical parisian life. There are so many great spots to hang out, have drink and food or a picnic that I don't know where to start but I'll let you my notebook listing my favorite places around : Canal Saint Martin, Buttes Chaumont, Jourdain, Parc de Belleville, Père Lachaise, Ménilmontant, Le Marais (3 metro stations away), etc.
It is also very close from the sightseeing spots : 3 stations away from Père Lachaise (Ligne 2), 5 stations away from Hotel de Ville (ligne 11), 6 stations away from Sacré-Coeur)...
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