Mama Shelter


Paris, the city where everything happens, will amaze you by its high number of surprises and things to discover. In terms of culture, gastronomy or entertainment, the city has no limits. However, it is very easy to get lost among a so many things to see. Don’t worry, MAMA’s selection is here to help you choose what to do.

MAMA says let’s eat

You like our restaurant, but want to try another? We are not mad and are here to help you! You can rely on these ones : Au Passage, L’Office, Krung Thep, Encore, Vivant, Frenchie, Septime, Aux Deux amis, Holy Belly, Clint, Lazare, le Baratin, le marché des enfants rouges, le Beef Club, Nanashi. And you can also enjoy a good coffee at : Lockwood, Coutume, Kooka Boora, Broken Arm..

MAMA says educate yourself

Even if you can feel there like in a gallery thanks to the design by Starck, don't spend the day in your room, it would be a mistake not to enjoy the cultural heritage of Paris. It is one of the richest of the world. You may be looking for classic, modern art or science, you will easily find the appropriate museum : Le Musée du Louvre, La Cité des sciences, le Centre Pompidou, le musée du Quai Branly...

MAMA says go out

To enjoy delicious cocktails, just rely on these addresses : Experimental Cocktail Club, Prescription, Glass, Le Magnifique, le Perchoir. For those feeling like dancing till the break of dawn, we suggest you the Social Club, the Ballroom or Carmen.

Mama says let’s shop

If you’re looking for a souvenir of Paris, but something more original than an Eiffel Tower key ring, do not forget to have a look at our shop where many treasures wait for you, but also try these ones : l’Eclaireur, Centre commercial, Thank God I’m a VIP, Chez Chiffons, AMI, Colette, Merci, Spree, SAM...

Mama says don’t miss

To completely know the city, you must see it’s underground side. Don’t leave without taking a visit of the Catacombes, you would regret it. You’re looking to see celebrities but no paparazzi ? Père Lachaise cemetery is the place for you. Finally, you may find that a boat trip on the curious Canal St Martin is more interesting than being on the Seine with so many people.

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Paris Guide

Mama Paris is located in the 20th arrondissment at 109 rue de Bagnolet 75020 Paris, France. OK, it's not the centre of the City, but it's definitely the most diverse, surprising and interesting area and that's why we love it.

109, rue de Bagnolet
75020 Paris
T +33 (0)1 43 48 48 48
F +33 (0)1 43 48 49 49

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OK, if you really must leave Mama, we'd still like you to have the best time. Forget all those terrible tourist traps - we know the coolest, out of the way local places to hang out. Whether it's bars, cafés, restaurants, a little shopping or gardens to relax in - if it's special, then it's listed here in the Mama guide. Trust us, we're locals and we've done them all!

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By subway (Porte de Bagnolet)

Line n° 3

By subway (Alexandre Dumas)

Line n° 2

By subway (Maraîchers)

Line n° 9 (go down rue des Pyrénées)

By subway (Gambetta)

Line 3

By bus (stop Pyrénées/Bagnolet)

Line n° 26 - 30mn from la Gare du Nord. Line n° 64 Line n° 76

By bus (stop Gambetta)

Line n° 69


Le Mama Shelter has a 50 places parking (25€ per night)

By bus at night

n° 16
Pont de Levallois - Gare St Lazare - Châtelet - Bastille - Gare de Lyon - Gambetta - Porte de Bagnolet
n° 34
Gare de Lyon - Gambetta - Pte de Bagnolet
n° 141
Gare de l’Est - République - Gambetta - Pte de Bagnolet - Mairie de Montreuil - Neuilly Plaisance RER - Gare de Meaux
n° 142
Gare de l’Est - République - Gambetta - Pte de Bagnolet - Nogent Le Perreux - Tournans RER

By tramway (Porte de Bagnolet)


Les folies / Le Mercure

Two places you can't miss of Belleville, for their very parisian atmosphere, and their design made by Daniel Affolter, aka ChelVis. Two Sixtine chapels in this area of Paris. Closed on Sunday.


8 rue de Belleville / 84 rue Pixérécourt

Zoé Bouillon

A soup boutique where you can eat in or take out. Not only delicious, but also homemade with different seasonal options and humorous names like 'soupl'ess', 'souper'man', 'souperior'...

Phone: 01 42 02 02 83


66 rue Rébeval


This restaurant with a 30's decor might be a culinary branch of the U.N. Thailandese stews, Argentinian dishes, an owner from Auvergne, Italian waiters. A great atmosphere without borders.

Phone: 01 42 08 12 34


64 rue Rébeval

Le Rez-de-Chaussé

One of 8 restaurants on Rue Sorbier: traditional French food.

Phone: 01 43 58 30 14


10 rue Sorbier

Retour à Sorbier

One of 8 restaurants on Rue Sorbier: A mix of Portuguese, French, and Spanish cuisine spiced up with concerts.

Phone: 01 46 36 78 03


8 rue Sorbier

Le Baratin

Raquel, holy casserole maker of Agentinian origin, has made this place in her image, unforgettable.

Phone: 01 43 49 39 70


3 rue Jouye Rouve


One of eight restaurants on Rue Sorbier: French, Greek, Lebanese, Turkish cuisine.

Phone: 01 46 36 41 33


9 rue Sorbier

Pho Dong Huong

A delicious Vietnamese restaurant, packed with its many fans.

Phone: 01 43 57 42 81


14 rue Louis Bonnet

Chez Luna

Known by aficionados of good traditional cuisine and Portuguese tapas.

Phone: 01 46 36 72 26


108 rue de Ménilmontant

Le Lieu Dit

One of eight restaurants on Rue Sorbier: with a social and cultural mission.

Phone: 01 40 33 26 29


6 rue Sorbier

Lao Siam

The most refined Asian restaurant in Belleville with a fabulous menu.

Phone: 01 40 40 09 68


49 r Belleville

Le Jardin

One of 8 restaurants on the street Rue Sorbier (this one's the last on the street) specialties include tajine, couscous. With a warm decor that will have an allure for people on the verge of big things.

Phone: 01 46 36 27 99


52 bis rue de la Bidassoa


Absolutely try one of their 165(!) cocktails.

Phone: 01 42 06 03 96


50 rue de la Villette


One of 8 restaurants on the little street Rue Sorbier: A classic that plays with the working class and bohemian image of the area.

Phone: 01 43 49 59 17


2 rue Sorbier

Chapeau Melon

In the universe where wines have become so standardized and mechanized, there is still a little bit of resistance. This is the motto of this restaurant with communal tables. A promise that it knows how to keep.

Phone: 01 42 02 68 60


92 rue Rébeval

Bar de l'Amitié

French/Iranian food, prepared in an atmosphere that is very friendly.

Phone: 01 43 79 83 14


22 rue des Vignoles

L'Ange gardien

An egg with mayonnaise that's to die for, and a celery salad that's addictive. It's a spot that will help you make peace with memories of your high school cafeteria (if you went to a French primary school and had to endure the institutional version.

Phone: 01 43 58 59 97


189 rue des Pyrénées

A la Vierge de la Réunion

The restaurant to hit in autumn and winter with the ambience of a really hip cafeteria. A remarkable wine cellar, that charges wine shop versus restaurant prices.

Phone: 01 43 67 51 15


58 rue de la Réunion

Le Bistrot des Soupirs

The country side in Paris with traditional meals: goat cheese on toast with pesto, fried eggs, leg of lamb with peas from the garden, rice pudding. The lunch menu costs 17€ and is also available on Saturday, this is as exceptional as the design of the restaurant. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Phone: 01 44 62 93 31

Address: 49 rue de la Chine

Le Café des Sports

On the heights of paris: A wonderful view of Paris. Funky music, very good cocktails, and special parties: Belleville style reggae, comic books, night ball, jazz manouche...

Phone: 01 46 36 48 18

Address: 94 rue de Ménilmontant

Rosa Bonheur

How could we describe this canteen that became a parisian hit spot, except that it is very pleasant (as the crowd coming with the sunny days shows): During winter, a room with a parquet floor and bay windows open to the landscape. During summer, you can have lunch, have a drink, have dinner on one of its large tables and their view on the park. You can eat bio, very good food, tapas for a pleasant price. From Wednesday to Sunday (12:00-00:00)

Phone: 01 42 03 28 67

Address: Parc des Buttes de Chaumont – 2 avenue des Cascades

Les Pères Populaires

Funny, nice and hype guests, students, bohemians, employees of the Galliano studio which his a neighbour... With its home-made design, this young bar-restaurant became one of the hit spot of the area (and of Paris)

Phone: 01 43 48 49 22

Address: 46 rue de Buzenval

La Pizzeria du Mama

You can't not eat those delicous pizza that we prepare with good and fresh products... and with love.

Phone: 01 43 48 45 45

Address: 109 rue de Bagnolet

Au Passage


1bis Passage Saint-Sébastien, 75011 Paris

Tel: 01 43 55 07 52



3 Rue Richer, 75009 Paris

Tel: 01 47 70 67 31



Rue Villedo, 75001 Paris

Tel: 01 47 03 07 74

Krung Thep


93 Rue Julien Lacroix, 75020 Paris

Tel: 01 43 66 83 74



43, rue Richer, 75009 Paris

Tel: 01 72 60 97 72



43 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris



5-6 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris

Tel: 01 40 39 96 19



80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

Tel: 01 43 67 38 29

Aux Deux Amis


45 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris

Tel: 01 58 30 38 13

Holy Belly


19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris

Tel: 09 73 60 13 64



174, rue de la Roquette 75011 Paris

Tel: 09 81 60 17 36

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges


39 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris

Tel: 01 48 87 80 61

Le Beef Club


58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris

Tel: 09 54 37 13 65



57 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris

Tel: 09 60 00 25 59



73 Rue d'Aboukir, 75002 Paris

Tel: 01 77 32 97 21



47 Rue de Babylone, 75007 Paris

Kooka Boora


53 avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris

Tel: 01 56 92 12 41

Broken Arm


12 Rue Perrée, 75003 Paris

Tel: 01 44 61 53 60



Centre Commercial Gare Saint Lazare, Rue Intérieure, 75008 Paris

Tel: 01 44 90 80 80

Rue des Cascades

From here, you can take the streets Envierges, la Mare, and Couronnes, which will lead you to Belleville in one direction and to the Rue des Pyrenees in the other.


Métro Jourdain

Rue de la Villette

The place to buy with stores featuring clothing, decorative arts, books, toys, and flowers. And it's all got the bohemian feel of street photographer Cartier Bresson.


Métro Jourdain

Rue de Bagnolet

Strewn with paved alleys, factories transformed into homes, a wild garden, villas painted in vibrant colors, fun bars, and unique boutiques It's on this street where Mama Shelter lives.


Métro Porte de Bagnolet

Place Ménilmontant

Its name evokes Edith Piaf, and it leads to one of the steepest streets in Paris - Menilmontant.


Métro Ménilmontant

Place Jourdain

Its Jean-Baptiste church (named after the saint who baptized Christ in the Jordan), its metro Guimard served by line 11 (one of the shortest in the city), its delicious boulangerie, its bar/tabac, and its florist.


Métro Jourdain

Place des Panoyaux

A square so tiny that it gets eaten up by three atypical businesses: an exotic grocery store, a cafe called le Pascalou, and a boulangerie, which can be more aptly described as an excellent restaurant.


Métro Ménilmontant

Place Maurice Chevalier

For a real post card view: The church (the biggest after Sacre Cur), benches spotted with old folks and smokers, bars La Petanque and Bar Chichi, its boulangerie, its bowls court.


Métro Ménilmontant

La Rue de Ménilmontant

One of the steepest streets in the city but worth the climb. Upon arriving at the summit, have a seat on a bench for a magnificent view of Paris.


Métro Ménilmontant

Les rues de l'Ermitage et des Cascades

One of the steepest streets in the city but worth the climb. Upon arriving at the summit, have a seat on a bench for a magnificent view of Paris.


Métro Jourdain

La Campagne à Paris

Formerly a workers quarter that was on the fringe, but today, this is one of the hippest spots in town: a sort of country retreat in Paris with its strawberry colored houses, small gardens, vine covered walls, blue curtains, and chiming bells.


Métro Porte de Bagnolet

Le Jardin de Belleville

This is where you can see all Paris! This is one of the highest point of the capital. The sunset are wondeful there.

Address: Jardin de Belleville

Pâtisserie de l'Eglise

A pastry shop at the mature age of 121 that's been in the same family of chefs for eight generations. A visual and culinary wonder.

Phone: 01 46 36 66 08


10 rue du Jourdain

Fromagerie de Madame Jouanneau

A cheese shop that's been around since 1936, adjacent to the cemetery, Pere Lachaise. A real pleasure to listen to Madame Jouanneau, who talks with a Piafesque Parisian accent, about this area of the city. Her cheeses are without question delicious.


5 place Auguste-Métivier

O Mille et Une Fèves

A great artisanal chocolatier near the Mama Shelter!


2, rue Monte Cristo

Au Nouveau Nez

A contemporary wine shop where you will find natural wines only!


163, rue de Bagnolet

Le Merle Moqueur

A quiet bookstore that attracts a hip crowd on Rue Bagnolet

Phone: 01 40 09 08 80


37 rue de Bagnolet

Librairie Photographique

A bookstore owned by a lover of photography who insists on sharing his passion.

Phone: 01 48 07 80 90


17 rue de la Villette

Genre Urbain

It's a remarkable bookstore nestled between Chinese restaurants and nic nac stores.

Phone: 01 44 62 27 49


30 rue de Belleville


Its owner, Pierre, the pioneering bookstore owner of the neighborhood, is a wealth of knowledge about the 20th arrondissement.

Phone: 01 43 73 75 98


61 rue de Bagnolet


Book shop, run by a guy, so totally crazy for books, that he's opened another book shop across the way for kids.

Phone: 01 43 58 00 26


3 rue Constant Berthaut

Le Dragon Savant

Toys and books for the kids, even if grown-ups can enjoy it too.

Phone: 01 42 45 75 30

Address: 36-42 rue de la Villette

La Truite Enchantée

For its toys pleasing kids, and also grown-ups. A wonderful shop.

Phone: 01 43 71 14 78

Address: 80 rue de Bagnolet

Les Z'indems'

Nadia, formerly a radio director, launched this bar with her 'indem' the French word for severance pay and the inspiration for her bar's moniker. On the program: poetry nights, one man shows, political debates, world music concerts, renowned art.

Phone: 01 43 73 38 55


144 rue de Bagnolet

Le Vieux Belleville

Maurice Chevalier ready to dine, Edith Piaf leaning against a wall, an accordion placed on a table, a counter from that time, plates of sausages and cheese... If you've ever dreamed of going back to the beginning of the 20th century

Phone: 01 44 62 92 66


12 rue des Envierges

Carré de Baudoin

Born in 1723 for pleasure and for parties, this house, named for its first owner, just reopened its doors to the public. And it is henceforth an arts center. The first in the 20th arrondissement, which accommodates more than 400 artist studios.

Phone: 01 58 53 55 40


119 rue de Ménilmontant

Les ateliers d'Elisabeth Daynes

'CSI' is nothing compared to the work of Elisabeth Danes. And the Museum Grevin (Paris wax museum) is just a dusty relic. In less than five months, Ms. Danes has given a new face to a seven million year old guy.

Phone: 01 42 41 17 36


129 rue du Faubourg du Temple


Here on these steps, a legend was born - December 19, 1915. Actually, the sign embellishes the legend of Piaf, who was actually just born in the Tenon hospital in the 20th arrondissement.


72 rue de Belleville

Musée Edith Piaf

The adress is kept secret as long until you get a reservation. Free visit from Monday to Wednesday from 1p.m. to 6p.m. (by appointment). Subway Ménilmontant.

Phone: 01 43 55 52 72


Sur Rendez-vous

Le Père Lachaise

The unavoidable cemetery: Pere Lachaise. For something more out of the ordinary, try a themed visit (black humour, oddities, love). For the schedule, on Google type Bertrand Beyern or via e-mail


Métro Père Lachaise

La Forge de Belleville

One of the most important artist residences and workshops in Paris, situated in what was once an industrial wasteland at the beginning of the twentieth century. Unmissable.

Phone: 01 47 97 93 89


23/25 rue Ramponeau

Académie Tango

Pascale, the Frenchwoman, met Luis, the Argentinian, in Buenos Ares during a Tango ball that lasted into the wee hours of the morning. Some years later, they imported their love for tango to this room, in a building that recalls the unforgettable

Phone: 06 75 05 99 95


3 rue des Vignoles

La Flèche d'Or

Just across from Mama Shelter: the true temple of the European rock scene. Free entry.

Phone: 01 44 64 01 02


102 bis rue de Bagnolet

Cours de Flamenco

Dance Andalusian style. Located at a dead end with fiery red buildings, where the historic offices of the union of anarchist revolutionaries, the CNT, is located. This is really a revolutionary neighborhood.

Phone: 01 43 48 99 92


33 rue des Vignoles

Le Zèbre

This old Belleville animal originated in the 30's as a movie theater before becoming a famous artistic squat 50 years later. Today, it is the smallest cabaret in the world, run by a 60 year-old clown, Francis Schoeller, and his family.

Phone: 01 43 55 55 55


63 Bd de Belleville

Culture Rapide

In this unpretentious, welcoming cafe, the star is spoken word. Hence, its poetry and slam parties, in addition to concerts punk and classical. Rimbaud, Proust, Musset, Dylan are paid tribute to on cards that come with your entrance fee.

Phone: 01 46 36 08 84


103 Rue Julien Lacroix


Known historically for its artistic events: concerts, performances, expositions. Also, a really pretty space, under its olive trees or on its terrace for dinner, brunch, or lunch. Saturdays, hit its organic market.

Phone: 01 40 24 16 34


190 Bd Charonne

La Bellevilloise

Concerts, Shows and exhibitions.

Téléphone: 01 46 36 07 07


19 rue Boyer

Le Bar Floréal

A cultural space run by a collective of six photographers. Their photo shows complimented by cocktail hours (or rather their cocktail hours complimented by photo shows) are overrun by people.

Phone: 01 43 49 55 22


43 rue des Couronnes

La Médiathèque Marguerite Duras

Made by the architect of the Mama Shelter, Roland Castro, this new multimedia library is the biggest in Paris: 4200 m², 140 000 documents. And also a languages laboratory, lend machines, a multimedia space and a public studio. You will also find documents about the history of the 20th district.

Phone: 01 55 25 49 10

Address: 115 rue de Bagnolet

Experimental Cocktail Club


37 Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

Tel: 01 45 08 88 09

Le Prescription


23 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris

Tel: 01 46 34 67 73



7 rue Frochot, 75009 Paris

Le Magnifique


25 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris

Tel: 01 42 60 70 80

Le Carmen


34 Rue Duperré, 75009 Paris

Tel: 01 45 26 50 00



17-19 Rue de Mazagran, 75010 Paris

Tel: 01 45 23 95 37

Le Social Club


142 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris

Tel: 06 84 80 99 40

Le Perchoir


14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris

Tel: 01 48 06 18 48

Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie


30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris

Tel: 01 40 05 70 00

Centre Pompidou


Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

Tel: 01 44 78 12 33

Musée du Quai Branly


37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris

Tel: 01 56 61 70 00

Grand Palais


3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris

Tel: 01 44 13 17 17

Vintage 77

Vintage version of Pucci, YSl, Chanel, Fendi, Cacharele..., but also contemporary designers like Vanessa Bruno, at very moderate prices.

Phone: 01 47 97 77 17


77 rue de Ménilmontant


A clothing boutique as girls like them, especially if they love young European fashuion designers. Men are entitled the same honnors on the opposite roof.

Phone: 01 42 02 31 20


7 rue de la Villette

La Petite Maison dans la Villette

If you're nostalgic for Laura Ingalls.

Phone: 06 31 68 89 80


33 rue de la Villette


A department store from the beginning of the twentieth century, long adored by our grandmothers. Monop', as French commonly call it, is today a very hip address for urban fashionistas on a tight budget. As good in fashion as it is in housewares.


133 rue de Belleville

Momo Fringues

This vintage and second hand shop inspires all style mavens on the planet as well as those affiliated with Vogue Japan, Elle Italy...


31 rue de Ménilmontant


You could call it a gallery: she's made shoes into high art. Alexandra has unearthed her treasures in Brasil, France, New York, and Italy. Real gems (also quite costly like actual jewelry) that one must certainly stop to admire.

Phone: 01 43 70 46 70


40 Bd de Charonne

Estelle Ramousse Atelier

Estelle is a very fashionable stylist. And her looks are a reference for people in the theater world as well as for fashion magazines. Her clients are fans of her exceptional works in snakeskin, feathers, and vinyl.

Phone: 01 11 77 29 04


64 rue de la Mare


In addition to selling objects and furniture collected under the name 'Exceptional personalities', this second hand trader organizes cocktail parties that go on until dawn.

Phone: 01 44 62 20 69


5 rue d'Eupatoria

Beau travail

In this old photo studio all decked out in white tiles, you'll find four stylists with four different specialties: design, fashion, accessories, and children. Fresh and charming, this studio only opened to the public on Saturday.


67 rue de la Mare

L'Embellie Design

In vogue creations by designers at a very reasonable prices.

Phone: 01 42 01 42 89


14 rue de la Villette

Slot and Go

For followers, big and small of slot cars. According to its two owners, it's the biggest store of its kind in France. Free entry, but keep in mind that the car addicts have trouble letting go of the levers.

Phone: 01 46 36 92 23


284 rue des Pyrénées

Céramiste Alice Riehl

Although we thought we had seen everything, Alice Riehl proves the contrary with her exquisite work on porcelain composed of laces and tissues melt with soil. Wondeful.

Phone: 06 09 43 08 51

Address: 33 rue Planchat



39/41, avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris

Thank God I’m a VIP


12 rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris

Tel: 01 42 03 02 09

Chez Chiffons


47 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris

Tel: 06 64 26 11 98



109 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

Tel: 09 83 27 65 28



213 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris

Tel: 01 55 35 33 90



111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris

Tel: 01 42 77 00 33



16 Rue la Vieuville, 75018 Paris

Tel: 01 42 23 41 40



35 Rue de Bretagne , 75003 PARIS

Tel: 01 42 77 12 82

Marché Réunion

This food market is located Place de la Reunion. Thursday, from 7a.m. to 2:30p.m., and Sunday, from 7a.m. to 3p.m.


Métro Alexandre Dumas

Marché Charonne

This market starts at the 129th Boulevard de Charonne and ends Rue Alexandre Dumas. Wednesday, from 7a.m. to 2:30p.m. and Saturday from 7a.m. to 3p.m.


Métro Alexandre Dumas

Marché Belleville

The market stretches along Rue Belgrand, Rue de la Chine, and ends at Place Piaf. Wednesday from 7a.m. to 2:30p.m. and Saturday from 7a.m. to 3p.m.


Métro Belleville

M'So coiffure

A charming baby pink hair salon.

Phone: 01 42 06 61 92


83 rue de la Mare

Les Bains de Saadia

For the delight of a most sublime and unforgetable Turkish bath/sauna/facial/massage.

Phone: 01 42 38 61 68


30 rue des Solitaires


No signs, the address is confidential.
Ismérie wanted it that way. Far from the traditional hairstyling salons, tiles, hairdryers’ noise….

This workshop is not only a hairstyling salon, but also an arty place made for artistic and musical meetings where graffiti artists, designers and painters are invited every 3 months to create an artwork and leave their marks on the walls.

+33 (0)6 58 58 39 18


17-19 rue des jeuneurs 75002 Paris