“Fall in Love with Belleville”
Highly recommend the Belleville tour with Allison. She is a walking encyclopedia of this funky, passionate neighborhood. A short hop from Hotel de Ville on metro line 11 gets you there. Allison is a long-time resident who generously shares her in depth knowledge and, by doing so, preserves Belleville’s identity. As with most neighborhoods on the outskirts, gentrification has its sights on Belleville, and someday it will no longer exist in the way you will see and learn with Allison. You will learn about Belleville’s humble beginnings as a village surrounded by vineyards, eventually becoming part of Paris. You will learn about Belleville’s political passion and its rich artistic atmosphere, evident throughout the neighborhood. There is a richness here that cannot be understood without seeing it for yourself. Take the tour with Allison and catch her passion. You will not be disappointed. Merci Allison. Until next time.
- Tom, Boston, Massachusetts
"Take this tour !"
Allison is an enthusiastic guide who will charm you with this wonderful part of Paris. We met her at the Jourdain station on the 11 line. The next 2 hours involved a walk through Belleville with stories, local art work and illustrations. She is warm and knowledgeable and an excellent conversationalist.
- Ann and Ed, New Jersey
“Great experience at a local level !”
The walk through Belleville offered by Allison is a really great experience. She brings a real feeling of being in the presence of a local as you walk around the area. The shop-keepers wave to her and it is obvious that she is really committed to telling the story of the history, the art and the food of the area.
- John, Paris, France
“A Different View of Paris”
The tour was a terrific taste of Belleville. Allison offers interesting, historical insights that defy the typical touristic view of Paris. As a historically developing neighborhood and the crossroads of the rich and the poor, Allison did a magnificent job in tying the challenges that Belleville is experiencing today to the questions and issues that affected the area two to three hundred years ago.
Make sure you wear walking shoes ! If you like Chinese food, there are plenty of options at the end of the tour, but I would recommend the one that comes from Allison herself.
- Jimmy, Kabul, Afghanistan
“Walking tour of Belleville Paris very informative, interesting and full of surprises”
My wife and I have visited Paris many times since 1963 and have always focused our tours on the usual highlights of Cathedrals, museums, towers, shopping districts, and river cruises. This time we wanted a different view from the point of view of where the average Parisian works, creates, eats and lives. We were not disappointed. From the artwork displayed on public walls to the diverse residents and their shops to the original churches, it was an adventure we would recommend to anyone who enjoys experiencing French culture from the perspective of average citizens.
In addition Allison did a wonderful job presenting the history of Belleville, its raucous beginnings and its hilly geology including gypsum formations and natural water supplies. A memorable trip for our entire adult family. One we will definitely do again.
- Thomas, South Barrington, Illinois
“Awesome tour of secret Paris”
Allison was a great guide. Her personality coupled with her knowledge of Paris, French history, art and food really made for an awesome tour... not an easy review coming from someone who worked in the guiding industry ! I actually live right near the area and still learned about so many cool places I’d never heard of. She has such an expansive knowledge of French culture which really makes this tour dynamic - not just straight history or art but a really nice combination of it all. And you get to see a Paris not many tourists know about. I’d definitely recommend Allison to any of my friends or family.
- Sarah, Paris, France
“A Fun Adventure in Belleville”
Belleville was made all the more interesting this morning by the charming and wonderful personality of our American tour guide, Allison, who has lived there for more than 20 years. It’s a very interesting tour which highlights historic events that took place there, famous people who lived there as well as identifying the popular attractions of Belleville today. I have lived, studied and worked in Paris many years and never toured this neighborhood. Now, I’m glad I did. It shouldn’t be missed !
- Bill, Paris, France
“Excellent tour through a fascinating neighborhood”
Allison was wonderful ! We spent about two hours walking through Belleville, one of the neighborhoods away from the center of Paris. She regaled us with stories about the neighborhood’s sometimes seedy past, and showed us what makes the neighborhood unique. On top of it all, she gave out some really good restaurant recommendations along the way.
I lived in this neighborhood for a while, and I thought I knew it well, but I learned a lot from her. This was a great tour for someone like me, who already knows a bit about Paris, or is looking for a new perspective on the city.
- Lava, Paris, France
This walk was one of the best Parisian experiences of my stay here this summer. Allison is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. I learned a lot and saw a part of Paris I never would have seen otherwise.
- Kimberly, Missouri
It was wonderful ! Allison is a knowledgeable, charming and bubbly Paris lover and she makes you share her love for Belleville. I’ve learned a lot. Thank you !
- Saba, Paris, France