Who better to learn the best parts of a particular neighborhood or arrondissement than someone who lives there? In my Paris Profiles series I seek out local residents, either ex-pats or natives to share their favorite spots in the place they truly call home. And although I met the writer behind World in Paris on Facebook, I have grown to love the blog like it's my new best friend.
So today I have World in Paris sharing all the good stuff about the 19th arrondissement.
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Let's Discover World in Paris's 19th Arrondissement.
 Favorite thing about your neighborhood, the 19th arrondissement.
Buttes Chaumont Park. I love this park. It is the only rolling park in Paris and it is always full of life. I always go to Buttes Chaumont to run and there are so many activities going on around the park at the same time that it is like watching 100 different movies!
 Least favorite thing about the 19th arrondissement.
Place des Fêtes. I could never understand how a square with such a beautiful name can be so ugly!
 What differentiates the 19eme from all the other parts of the city?
There are no tourists so it is only about local life.
 Favorite coffee spot and/or drinks in your neighborhood
When we go running to Buttes Chaumont we always finish the run at Rosa Bonheur for a coffee (in wintertime) or a rosé when the weather is nice. Rosa Bonheur is a typical Parisian guinguette, there are not many left in Paris! Usually, we sit outside, under the sun, for drinking and people watching
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 Favorite local hangout.
Buttes Chaumont and the Canal de la Villette. Canal de la Villette is also a great spot for local life in Paris and people watching.
 Favorite lunch spot.
Home! I am lucky that half of World in Paris is an excellent cook plus he loves cooking! On weekends we spend most of the time exploring Paris and its surroundings for the blog so we usually bring a sandwich from home and we eat them on the go during our quirky explorations
 Favorite dinner spot.
We don't have friends living in Paris 19 so when we want to dine out with other people we tend to meet in other central districts, more convenient for everybody. When we are too lazy to go far, we go to Aux Petits Joueurs (59 rue Mouzaïa Paris 19), a typical Parisian bistro with live music. We like its young atmosphere, the food is good (French cuisine) plus the owner knows us and despite he is very busy he always has kind words for us.
 One thing you always do/spot you always take friends from out of town to do/see.
Le Canal de la Villette. If it is summertime we like to organize a night picnic by the canal's banks. It is sooo Parisian plus our visitors always love it! We also have a walk around rue Mouzaïa, with its winding alleys and little houses. They always find it very curious to have this “piece of the countryside” in Paris!
Here are other great spots in the 19th arrondissement that I have curated for you:
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> A l'Endroit (9, rue du Tunnel) jazzy bistro.
> Aux Mandarins de Belleville (12 Rue Jules Romains) get the chicken wing skewers!
> Boulangerie Milligramme (3-5 Rue du Plateau) a large variety of bakery products and fancy-flavored jams.
> Hôtel Restaurant Au Boeuf Couronné (188, avenue Jean Jaurès) brasserie for steak lovers.
> Cantine Vagabonde (11 Rue d'Aubervilliers) fantastic lunch spot with an organic (bio) menu.
> Kaffeebar (26B Rue de l'Ourcq) a quiet, cosy coffee shop with snack options.
> Kiez Kanal (90 Quai de la Loire) German cuisine buy the canal.
> Koko Canal (14 quai de la Loire) Japanese bistro.
> La Petite Halle (211 Avenue Jean Jaurès) wood-fired pizza and other small dishes.
> L'Iliade (59 Rue de Belleville) Mediterranean cuisine.
> Le Laumière (4 Rue Petit) seafood restaurant.
> Le Napoleon III (1 Place Armand Carrel) a romantic brasserie.
> Les bancs publics (2 Rue de Nantes) quaint brasserie.
> Les Pantins (6, rue Victor Hugo, Pantin 93500) classic French dishes with global flavors.
> Mardi Cafe (29 Rue de la Villette) fabulous cheesecake and original coffee drinks.
> Mensae (23 Rue Melingue) amazing French comfort food.
> Quedubon (22 rue du Plateau) bistro with an eclectic menu.
> Pavillon du Lac (Entrée Place Armand Carrel) fine-dining restaurant in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont.
> Simonetta Pizza (32 Quai de la Marne) delicious pizza.
> Sunny's Breakfast (84 Av Secrétan) quality meals in a modern setting.
> Tintamare (80 Avenue Jean Jaurès) Lebanese restaurant.
> Tréma (189 Rue de Crimée) trendy fresh, modern French cuisine.
> 25 Degrés Est (10 Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad) rooftop terrace!
> Café Chéri(e) (44 Boulevard de la Villette) large terrace, dancing during the week.
> Combat (63 Rue de Belleville) a neighborhood gem with innovative cocktails.
> Kilometre25 (12/A Rue Ella Fitzgerald) a rooftop bar filled with culture, workshops and live music.
> Le BarOurcq (68 Quai de la Loire) beautiful turquoise bar on the canal.
> La Gare (1 Avenue Corentin Cariou) jazz club.
> La Péniche Antipode (Face au, 55 Quai de la Seine) trendy neighborhood bar.
> La Rotonde (6-8 Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad) part of the Grand Marché that houses other eating spots.
> Paname Brewing Company (41 bis Quai de la Loire) micro-brewery.
> Pavillon des Canaux (39 Quai de la Loire) country house on the edge of the canal for drinks, DJ and co-working.
> Pavillon Puebla (Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Avenue Darcel) terrace nestled amongst trees.
> Le Rosa Bonheur (2 Avenue de la Cascade) mentioned by World in Paris.
19eme Parks, Museums & Things to Do
> Cabaret Sauvage (59 Boulevard Macdonald) circus shaped venue for live music, club nights and summer dances.
> Canal de l'Ourcq it has a waterfront promenade and a bike lane that leads to Parc de la Villette
> Cité de la Musique (221 Avenue Jean-Jaurès) A museum dedicated to the culture of music.
> Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (30 Avenue Corentin Cariou) is the biggest science museum in Europe.
> Cent Quatre (5 Rue Curial) a public cultural center with exhibitions.
> Conservatoire de Paris (209 Avenue Jean Jaurès) Paris school for music, dance, and drama.
> Grande Halle de la Villette (211 Avenue Jean Jaurès) listed as a historical monument, a place for events and culture.
> La Butte Bergeyre (76 Rue Georges Lardennois) small neighborhood park offering scenic views of the city.
> La Géode (26 Avenue Corentin Cariou) a venue for film or a concert that looks like a giant mirror ball!
> La Rotonde (6-8 Place De la Bataille de Stalingrad) gorgeous building and a meeting point, also hosts the Grand Marché Stalingrad.
> La Mouzaia (Rue de la Mouzaia) also known as the “Quartier d’Amérique” perfect for a tranquil walk around a picturesque residential area.
> Parc de la Villette (211 Avenue Jean Jaurès) is a very large park with lots of activities and a beautiful lake.
> Philharmonie de Paris (221, avenue Jean Jaurès) the largest concert hall in Paris.
> Trabendo (Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès) a small music hall in the Parc de la Villette.
> Zénith (211 Avenue Jean Jaurès) a multi-purpose indoor arena on the edge of the canal.
> L'Eau et Les Rêves (9 Quai de l'Oise) bookshop on a boat!
> Marché Jean-Jaurès (Avenue Jean-Jaurès)farmer’s market, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
> Marché Joinville (Place de Joinville) farmer’s market, Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
> Marché Place des Fêtes (Place des Fêtes), farmer’s market, Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Sundays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
> Marché Porte Brunet (Avenue de la Porte Brunet) farmer’s market, Wednesday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Saturdays from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
> Marché Villette (#27-41 Boulevard de la Villette) farmer’s market, Wednesdays 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Saturday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
> Tom Greyhound (19 Rue de Saintong) exported from Korea, this is a cool minimalist decor and designer clothing boutique.
> Vill’Up (30 Avenue Corentin Cariou) shopping center with boutiques and restaurants.
> Hôtel Restaurant Au Boeuf Couronné (188, avenue Jean Jaurès) fabulous boutique hotel with a great restaurant.
> Hôtel Tréma (189 Rue de Crimée) small hotel with small rooms, but the decor is lovely and the owners are very friendly.
> Hôtel de la Pedrix Rouge (5 rue Lassus) residential hotel across from a beautiful cathedral.
How about you? Do you have any 19th arrondissement additions? Have you been to this area of Paris? Did you find this post helpful for a future trip?
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- Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com.
- For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
- If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
- I use Expedia.com, Booking.com, and Hotels.com to find lodging. Always check the reviews on TripAdvisor before booking!
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- For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
- Tours + Atractions
- I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
- If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
- Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
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