Migrantour Paris: Belleville Walking Tour: Discover a Diverse Heritage

Belleville Walking Tour: Discover a Diverse Heritage

Paris, France

Migrantour Paris

Non-profit organization

2 hours
From$25 USDPer person

Migrantour is a network of intercultural walks led by citizens with migrant backgrounds to foster cultural understanding in nine major European cities (Turin, Milan, Genoa, Rome, Marseille, Paris, Valencia, and Lisbon).

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the historic Paris neighborhood of Belleville and support intercultural exchange and compassion.
  • Immerse yourself in Parisian culture as you view traditional shops and stroll down winding cobblestone streets.
  • Gain insight into the history of immigration in the city and the cultural melting pot it has helped create.

Tour revenue supports cultural diversity and responsible tourism initiatives throughout Europe.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Monthly

  • Start Time

    2:30 PM

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, People with disabilities

  • Languages

    English, French

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 15

  • Difficulty

    Medium (2-5 miles/ 3-8 km walking distance, some physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable shoes for walking

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

Belleville Urban Walk

Enter the true “Babel-city” that is the old Paris quarter of Belleville! This district is a land of asylum and has been the ultimate destination for several tens of thousands of migrants since the end of the 19th century. Discover a living cultural heritage shared by locals who hail from Central Europe, North Africa, and Southeast Asia on this walk through the heart of a popular, cosmopolitan area where history, art, and legend overflow.

Created when the villages of Charonne, Belleville, and Ménilmontant were absorbed into the city of Paris in 1860, this vast district has retained a village identity in its narrow streets, passages, slopes, old shops, and corners of greenery. A walk through Belleville allows you to discover places laden with history, like an open-air art gallery, while experiencing the atmosphere of the Tower of Babel. This walk is not just a history lesson, but also a chance for you to be introduced to the neighborhood and its inhabitants through authentic interactions with women and men who had “the journey of their lives” traveling to this area where they ultimately settled. Throughout the walk, we’ll recover the stories of Belleville locals past and present who’ve helped build the community’s unique, complex identity.

This tour is operated by Association Bastina, a certified responsible, fair trade tour operator managing Migrantour programs in the Île-de-France region.

How To Get There

Accessible by Paris Métro

More About Migrantour Paris

Mission

To support the integration of migrant citizens into the nine participating Migrantour cities, building mutual comprehension and respect.

Main Programs

  • A network of migrant-driven intercultural routes to understand cultural diversity