La Butte aux Cailles is a little neighborhood located just next to where I live, and it truly makes me feel at home in the big city of Paris. A village on its own, it is just a few streets with small houses on a hill. Smaller and less picturesque than Montmartre for example, but therefore it belongs all the more to the locals. Despite its tiny size and my frequent visits I still regularly discover little shops or new street art, which la Butte aux Cailles is increasingly becoming famous for.
Also, you can spend your entire day in different restaurants and bars: during daytime, restaurant le Mélécasse is a nice place to have a quiet coffee and use some wifi. The highest concentration of buzz can be found on the rue de la Butte aux Cailles and rue des Cinq Diamants. Even in winter the terraces are full with people. Also check rue de l’Espérance for the bars with the best budget offer: at Soyouz, drinks cost 3€ and the pizza’s they serve with it are pretty good.
For dinner, a classic is the ever-crowded Chez Gladines. Undoubtedly the best value for money, it serves large portions of Basque food (diet alert: do not go there when you’re on a diet). Just opposite you can get a great couscous, Thai, tapas, Italian, and classic French food, too. No matter the cuisine, la Butte aux Cailles offers it!