Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Paris's second Chinatown is located in the working class area called Belleville, a once independent village that was annexed by the City of Paris in 1860.
Today, Belleville covers four arrondissements: 10th, 11th, 19th and 20th, and is located on and around a hilltop that is only second to Montmarte as the highest spot in Paris.
In the 1900s, waves of immigrants arrived in Belleville from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.
Since the 1980s, a significant Chinese community has established itself within this multi-cultural neighborhood. Many Chinese associations, restaurants and stores can be found there where you can buy hand-painted porcelain, paper lanterns, green tea, and a variety of spices and food items only found in Chinese grocers.
Join us on this walk through a culturally rich part of Paris. Be sure to bring your shopping bag or backup so you can take back with you some of the goodies we will discover.
At the end of our Market Walks, our guide Françoise usually proposes a spot for lunch. Join us, if you can.
Instructor: Françoise Meunier, who has been with WICE for over 10 years, trained in the hotel and cooking school in Toulouse. In 1997, she opened one of the first small private cooking schools in Paris. Her practical approach and easy-to-follow demonstrations will teach you how to reproduce delicious French and ethnic dishes at home.
Photo Credit - myfrenchlife, chinaology