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“Chanson Music in the Heart of Paris”

Le Vieux Belleville
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Ranked #788 of 19,023 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$37
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Belleville / Père Lachaise
Reviewed 31 August 2014

This is a small bistro in central Paris. The food is traditional, home-made and delicious. Each evening there will be a set menu drawn up on the board, and you will choose a starter, main and a dessert. Everything is written in French, and on our visit we found one waiter who spoke limited English to help us with our order. The stand-out dishes were the duck with frites for main course, and the chocolate fondant for dessert. They also have a small but considered selection of house wine and aperitifs that are reasonably priced and certainly aid the singing and merry-making.

Into the evening, approximately after the main course, the fun begins! On our visit, a buxom and very charming French lady with an accordion began waltzing around the restaurant belting out famous French tunes. Everyone received a lyrics sheet so they could sing along as well. Many locals came in to stand around the bar drinking and singing, and a French artist also arrived and painted impressions as the scene unfolded. It was a lot of good fun and the atmosphere was warm and merry.

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4  Thank sarapk
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

We'd read about Le Vieux Belleville as a 'must do' unique experience in Paris, and it certainly was a great night in Paris. Four of us went one Thursday night and we'd gladly go again.

The restaurant speedily serves good-value meals and wine, but the real attraction for us was the fun of (trying to) sing-along to traditional French songs from the '20s and '30s. A pot-bellied, bald gentleman with an impressive white walrus moustache cranks a pianola-like organ and blasts-out songs at machine-gun pace, accompanied by a talented accordianist. Apparently, the singer has 7 hours of repetoire!

A book of the songs lets you sing-along if you know the songs or can quickly read French, but even if you can't it's still a great atmosphere and lots of fun.

Just around the corner from the restaurant on Rue Piat there's a great view over Paris.

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4  Thank RoaminFromOz
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Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Dinner and a sing-a-long is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of picture postcard perfect Paris, but a night at Le Vieux Belleville is the most fun you'll have in the city of light, or perhaps anywhere.

While the food is nothing to write home about, solid reasonably priced home style fare, what you get here is the atmosphere and the show. Though the restaurant hosts sing-a-longs nightly, Tuesdays are dedicated to one of the city's greatest icons: Edith Piaf. The talented Céline leads the singing while accompanied by Michel on the accordion and everyone is supplied lyrics and welcome to join in. The restaurant attracts visitors from around the neighborhood and the world, and the entertainment crew introduces diners at nearby tables so by the end of the night you feel like you made 20 or so new friends. Our neighbors hailed from across the street, Normandy, Norway and Romania.

Joe, the proprietor, is also the restaurant's sole server and bartender, and a study in efficiency and good hosting. English is spoken (but it's even more fun in French).

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: there's a small step up to get into the restaurant. The place is small but no problem if you need to stay in your chair. If you transfer you may need to fold it. Bathroom appeared to be on the same level but I didn't need to use it so can't comment on the accessibility. The area around the restaurant is very hilly and the place is atop a big hill so a cab might be your best option.

7  Thank Anna P
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

As already noted this is much more than a traditional restaurant - thanks to the atmosphere and entertainment. We'd searched in advance for a place that had "chanson" music for our special reunion trip to Paris, and we weren't disappointed with Le Vieux Belleville. The experience was brilliant - really good value for something so different and it was indeed special.
We were welcomed enthusiastically, and enjoyed great service in the relatively simple surroundings which were part of the retro ambience. Our three meals (two courses each, all different) were very good and well-priced - as was the wine!
We fully engaged in the "audience participation", thanks to the songsheets handed out by Minelle for each of her numbers. Not that all of the songs were well known to us - but the rest of the customers certainly knew them, which made for some resounding choruses!.
We'll definitely be back, when hopefully we'll fit in the Edith Piaf show (Tuesday nights) as well as another Friday or Saturday with Minelle and her accordion.

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8  Thank PortugalForGolf
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

We were in Paris especially for Edith Piaf's 50th Anniversary.....we were looking for authentic "Piaf" themed things to do - we booked a meal here for Tuesday 8th October at 8pm......
The Patron of twenty years, Joseph, welcomed us to this amazing place on a little street close to a superb view of Paris from the top of the Parc Bellville......the food was really great (huge plate of charcuterie and fromage to share, mains of steak and chicken - all good) the ambience and welcome truly amazing!
As the place began to fill up with seated diners, and happy people at the bar, a tremendous singer and her accordionist started belting out the Piaf numbers, walking through the bar engaging with the customers. We were seated close together, we all had song sheets and we all sang along - lots of locals, and a few tourists (Norway and America as well as us Brits) - we were made really welcome - by the end of the night we were being offered drinks on the house and taking rounds of photo's with Joseph and the musicians - wonderful wonderful wonderful!!
Merci Joseph pour une tres belle soiree - c'etais vraiment formidable - beacoup mieux que mange chez "Le Tour" ou "Laperousse" par example! Le soiree d'Edith Piaf - c'est super super bien!! Alors - a la prochaine Monsieur Le Patron!!

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8  Thank Cashmere375
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