Neighborhood Guide | Gambetta
I love discovering hidden gems in my city! I set out last weekend to get to know the Gambetta neighborhood in the 20th Arrondissement and its unique spots. I opted to start with a nice glass of Côte du Rhone at Café Martin, overlooking Père Lachaise cemetery on Place Martin Nadaud. A nice sunny cafe on a pedestrian-only street. Great for people watching, catching some sun and chatting with locals. Absolutely go for a leisurely lunch, food consists of huge smoked salmon platters and foie gras.
I walked around and learn more about this eclectic neighborhood. I started with the outdoor organic food market on Rue de Pyrenées and Rue Ménilmontant. Bustling marché with Lebanese food vendors, crêperies and fruit stands. I had a some time to kill before brunch and it was just such a crisp sunny day, that I resumed to walk around a bit. The park near the Mairie was clean, lush and full of young families. In the park there is a greenhouse build as a memorial to Jewish children from the neighborhood that perished during the Holocaust. Today, the garden is maintained by the children of Gambetta.
While chatting with people at Café Martin, I met the head bartender of O P’tites Gambettes, a neighbourhood spot for a Euro-Asian inspired brunch and live piano music. Delicious Salmon crêpes followed by grilled beef and vegetables. Fresh squeezed juices and delicious home-made Bloody Marys. Yann is a third generation Gambetta resident. I asked him what he thought was the best part of his neighborhood, he promptly responded “We are a melting pot of cultures here, a crossroads of Asian, French and Muslim. This makes us very friendly and open minded”.
Le Vieux Belleville just a 6 minute walk from O P’tites Gambettes. A quintessential French bistro featuring live traditional French music. Yann’s uncle, Joseph, owns it and invited us to visit his true neighborhood gem. Make sure to book in advance as it books quickly, if you are an Edith Piaff fan, this is the spot for you!
For a nice dinner out reserve a table at the newly opened, and closely guarded secret, An Di an Di, a Vietnamese-French fusion neo-bistro. This 20-seat restaurant churns out the best beef fillet in phò sauce, along with creative plates of shrimp beignets breaded in green puffed rice.
If you love artisanal boulangeries, definitely take a stroll on Rue de Ménilmontant. It is full of great bread and pastry shops.
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