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Paris’s relaxed 20th arrondissement might be a little under the radar for the casual visitor, but there is no shortage of things to do, with Asian markets, art-filled streets and trendy, low-key bars dotted around this pretty neighbourhood.
Incorporating both the youthful Belleville and edgy Ménilmontant neighbourhoods, Paris’s 20th arrondissement is a diverse, laid-back area on the eastern edge of the city. Whether you’re wondering about the best things to do in Belleville or where to hang out in Ménilmontant, Paris-based writer Alixandra Haywood guides you through what to do and where to eat, sleep, drink and go out in the city’s 20th arrondissement.
Tiny rue Denoyez, which runs along just a single city block, punches well above its weight when it comes to its creative offering. Between the strikingly vibrant colours adorning its surfaces and the unobstructed view of the sky above, rue Denoyez is an artist’s oasis. Nearly every square inch of its walls, doors and balconies are completely covered in graffiti. It has also turned into a community hub over the years, with graffeurs (graffiti artists) from across the city, and further afield, making a pilgrimage here to add their own personal contribution to its massive 10-metre-high (30-foot-high) concrete canvasses. The steady influx of artists means that the street is constantly changing, making it worth a detour any time you’re in the neighbourhood.