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 sometimes still manage to get lost, because the streets are all laid out in such a random way. And consequently I still discover little shops or new street art, because that’s also what la Butte aux Cailles is famous for.
The highest concentration of buzz can be found on the rue de la Butte aux Cailles and rue des Cinq Diamants. You will find people on the terraces or just standing outside with beers nearly every evening.
During daytime I often sit down at Le Mêlécasse, where the wifi is too slow to work seriously but I still do because of the lovely scenery. For an apéro Soyouz (rue de l’Espérance) is a favorite place for their prices and very decent pizzas that are a perfect snack to share. For a dinner, a classic is the ever-crowded Chez Gladines. Undoubtedly the best value for money, it serves large portions of Basque food. Just opposite you can get a great couscous, Thai, tapas, Italian, and classic French food, too. No matter the cuisine, you’ll always find a solution.