Paris Arrondissements –
The 19th & 20th

These two Paris arrondissements, the easternmost, contain two of the biggest city parks — Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Parc de Villette — as well as the largest cemetery, the famous Père Lachaise.

Paris Arrondissements: 1st & 2nd 19th & 20th Arrondissements: The East

Here you'll also find the quartier of Belleville (Paris Arrondissements 20) – all zigs and zags, ups and downs, narrow streets winding through the neighbourhood.

The place buzzes with activity: cars, buses, people, construction. It feels like an older version of Paris, like a pop-up city from a children's book.

This was Edith Piaf's neighborhood, a place for the working class and immigrants. During the nineteenth century remaking of Paris by Baron Haussmann many of the Parisians who were uprooted by the destruction of their buildings and streets moved to to these areas.

Today, though, Belleville is an up-and-coming neighbourhood, and celebrities like French actress Audrey Tatou are choosing to live here.

It's a great place to venture if you'd like to see another side of Paris! Full of life, great food, great parks.

Also in the northeast of Paris, the 19th Arrondissement has undergone dramatic renovation in the past years and is home to the modernistic museum, Cité de la Musique. There's plenty of good reasons to stray outside the central Paris arrondissements!

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Things to Do: 19 & 20 Arrondissements

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Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

Paris Science Museum

It's the biggest science museum in Europe with a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and an impressive collection of interactive, hands-on, scientifically engaging exhibits.
30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019
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Cité de la Musique

Museum of Music

In the heart of the Parc de la Villette, the Museum of Music has 1000 instruments including ones owned by Frank Zappa and Frederic Chopin. Learn the history of Western music.
Avenue Jean-Jaures, 75019
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Things to See: 19 & 20 Arrondissements

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Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Looking for a park to run around in? Parc des Butte Chaumont has a lake, a suspension bridge and a waterfall. Originally a limestone quarry, it's where the building blocks for many of Paris' buildings were mined. Like much of modern Paris, it was built by Baron Haussmann.

• Rue Botzaris, 75019

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Parc de la Villette

Parc de la Villette

The largest park in Paris, Parc de la Villette has plenty of open spaces and is home to the giant geode. It's where you'll find Cité de la Musique and Cité des Sciences. In the summer there's a free outdoor movie theatre.

• Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019

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Parc de Belleville

Parc de Belleville

The best views of Paris! Filled with forest boughs, grassy patches and wildflowers, it's the type of park you don't see in the center of Paris: untamed, modern and breathtaking. Kids will love the giant slide going all the way down the hill!

• Rue des Couronnes, 75020

Top Hotels: 19 & 20 Arrondissements

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Mama Shelter

"Tres chic!"

Mama Shelter

star star star star
109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020

This ultra-sleek hotel was designed by Phillippe Starck. Sensual and elegant, the rooms are modern-simple with iMac TVs, luxurious sheets and kitchenettes with a mini bar.
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Super Hotel

"Great for anyone on a budget!"

Super Hotel

star star
208 Rue des Pyrenees, 75020

This two-star hotel is close to Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Musée de la Musique. The neighborhood has a village-like atmosphere with shady avenues and plenty of shopping streets.
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Hotel Campanile

"Nice big, clean rooms. Free Wifi. Nice restaurant"

Hotel Campanile

star star
147-151 Avenue de Flandres, 75019

Close to Parc de la Villette, this hotel is conveniently located near the Science Museum, and Père Lachaise Cemetery. If you're looking for a bargain hotel in Paris, this might be it.
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Timhotel Nation

"Good for budget travelers"

Timhotel Nation

star star
5/7 Rue D'Avron, 75020

All rooms are decorated in a contemporary style overlooking a French terrace. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Place de la Nation and 14 minutes from Père Lachaise Cemetery.
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Hotel Paris Villette

"Outstanding value in Paris"

Hotel Paris Villette

star star
56 Rue Curial, 75019

This budget two-star hotel offers free WiFi, ensuite bathrooms, double-glazed windows and satellite TV. 10-minute walk from Cité des Sciences and a 5-minute walk from the Metro.
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