20th Menilmontant, also known as Menilmontant XX or simply Menilmontant, is a commune which was absorbed into the French capital of Paris back in 1860, and now forms a significant neighbourhood of the city, referred to as Menilmuche by locals. The appendage to the name refers to the fact that the area forms part of the 20th arrondissement along with Belleville. Known as the city of romance, an apartment in Menilmontant provides a perfect romantic retreat for couples, or a great base for families visiting the French capital.
As you would expect of any Parisian neighbourhood, there is plenty to see and do for any visitor. One of the most famous landmarks within the neighbourhood to visit is the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Although this may sound like a pretty morbid visitor attraction, it is famous as the burial ground of many artistes, including composers such as Chopin and Rossini, writers such as Oscar Wild, painters such as Pissaro, and even the odd rock star such as Jim Morrison.
Visitors can also enjoy a stroll around the nearby Parc de Belleville, which features some beautiful flower gardens, as well as fountains, lawns, outdoor ping-pong tables and an outdoor theatre which puts on various shows and performances through the spring and summer months.
Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, and there is little wonder when you see the extensive list of sights and activities on offer in the French capital.
The best place to start any trip is at the icon which is the Eiffel Tower, followed by a quick browse around the Louvre. Pick up some French haute couture on the Champs Elysees, stroll up to the Arc de Triomphe, and then over to the Place de la Concorde.
Other areas in the city which are definite ‘must sees’ include the markets at the top of Montmartre, the Centre Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine River. Finish the evening with some traditional French cuisine at one of the city’s many restaurants, followed by a show at one of the famous Burlesque clubs.
The weather in Paris is quite similar to that in the UK, although with milder winters and slightly wetter summers. Spring or autumn are particularly pleasant times to visit, with average temperatures of around 14C and relatively little rain. Don’t let the weather put you off though, since there is so much to do in Paris that you will hardly notice it raining anyway.
The main airport serving Paris is the Charles de Gaulle International (CDG) which receives many flights from the UK every day. Self-catering accommodation in 20th Menilmontant can be easily reached via the city’s metro from here, with the Menilmontant metro station centrally located in the district. Those arriving via budget airline may arrive at Orly (ORY) or Beauvais (BVA) airports, where shuttle buses are available to take you to your apartment.