Where to Drink in Belleville, Paris

Dance to jazz beats in a community-minded cultural institution, rub shoulders with les titis parisiens on a sun-soaked terrasse and soothe your sore head the next morning at a reimagined bistro serving some of the city’s best coffee

After hours, this dynamic neighbourhood is home to some of Paris' best nocturnal hangouts, including cocktail bars like Aux Ours on Rue des Pyrénées, Combat and the rooftop Le Perchoir. In Paris, though, pavement cafés and bars reign supreme. Try these laid-back drinking destinations if you're wanting to rub shoulders with Belleville locals.

Patrons of Le Bellevilloise on a live music night


La Bellevilloise

La Bellevilloise is not so much a bar as a cultural institution. Housed inside the airy halls of a former workers' cooperative, the whole venue retains its community-minded, anti-establishment feel. During the day, head into the olive tree-decked restaurant to sip coffee and soak up the atmosphere. When night falls, the dancing starts, with an ever-changing roster of international DJs and bands keeping regulars on their feet. On Sundays, the "jazz brunch" offers a limitless buffet spread (featuring the likes of antipasti plates of tuna gravlax, Greek salads, French cheeses, roasted sweet potatoes and viennoiserie) set to the backdrop of a live jazz band.


19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020

The iconic exterior of Aux Folies


Aux Folies de Belleville

Pull up a chair on the terrasse at Belleville stalwart Aux Folies to rub shoulders with a lively, colourful crowd that runs the gamut from young local artists to neighbourhood barflies with stories to tell. This much-loved brasserie started life as a cabaret during the Belle Epoque, a hangout of les titis parisiens (salt-of-the-earth working Parisians). Its terrasse tends to be full year-round, thanks to the atmosphere - and the unbeatable cheap pints and cocktails, which help keep patrons warm when the temperature drops.


8 Rue de Belleville, 75020

Chairs and tables in front of a large window at a Parisian café


The Dancing Goat

Expect great quality coffee and beautiful surroundings in this popular local coffee spot on Avenue Gambetta, which is run by Daniel, a Brit by origin and adopted Parisian, who previously worked as a barista at nearby coworking spot Craft. Now helming the coffee machine at The Dancing Goat, you'll find him supplying locals with coffee, surrounded by 1920s-influenced décor – think curved lines and retro light fixtures, all courtesy of a local Parisian design firm. Coffee is top-notch, if a touch more expensive than your average local spot.


117 Av. Gambetta, 75020 Paris

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