Here we are: Season 12 of The Earful Tower, with The Paris Countdown. You’ll be hearing an in-depth guide to the Paris arrondissements after we’ve spent 24 hours in each of them.
We’re starting at the 20th district, a huge residential neighbourhood in the east of Paris, mostly known to tourists for the famed Pere Lachaise cemetery. Our visit had a strong focus on the legendary French singer Edith Piaf, who was born and buried in this district.
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The interactive map
First, here’s an interactive map of everything we are about to recommend, to help you find it all easily.
The Earful Tower podcast episode
Here’s the podcast episode, featuring me and my wife Lina discussing our findings. There’s also an interview with the Edith Piaf cover singer, Gosia, who performed at Le Vieux Belleville restaurant (more on that below). In the episode we also give our final ranking on the district out of 100.
Video guide to the 20th arrondissement
Here is our visit in video format, so you can feel like you’re there too! We’ll be making one of these every week, so be sure to subscribe on YouTube (you can do it in one click via this link).
The Earful Tower’s guide to the 20th arrondissement
Where to stay?
The best restaurants
Best place for a drink
The best cafe
More things to find in the 20th arrondissement
La Campagne à Paris: This is the countryside of Paris, but would surely be best visited in spring or summer. Don’t make the trek unless you’re nearby, great for a charming “village in Paris” photo. Address: 210 Rue des Pyrénées, 75020
Edith Piaf’s birthplace: Find Edith’s first apartment, though there’s no museum inside, just a sign on the wall. Address: 72 Rue de Belleville, 75020
Best food markets at Marché de Belleville at Boulevard de Belleville, on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Street Art: There’s street art all over the place, keep looking up, backwards, over your shoulder, and even at your feet! The most concentrated collection is a bunch of murals along Rue du Retrait. The picture below is from rue de Belleville.
That will do for now! I hope you enjoyed episode one for this new season and if you enjoyed this guide, why not check out our guide to the 19th arrondissement?
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