La Fontaine de Belleville
Ever since those behind La Brûlerie de Belleville gave the Fontaine de Belleville a rather Instagenic makeover, the former neighborhood bistro has been luring in the crowds around the Colonel Fabien metro station. Seated on wicker chairs on the terrace, or inside amongst a hall of big old-fashioned mirrors, the morning crowd gets their fix with clever brews (like the Château Belleville, a mixture of beans from Guatemala, Ecuador and Honduras, €2.50), paired with eggs and soldiers, tartines or slices of gingerbread (from €3.50 to €6.10). At lunch, there’s the classic croque monsieur sandwiche with béchamel sauce, Prince de Paris ham and Comté aged for 18 months (€12.90), perfect with a half-pint of Trouble beer that’s brewed in Montreuil (€4), or a black Camargue rice salad with haricots verts, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions and toasted hazelnuts (€9.90). The house has really thought of everything, including evening apéros: cheeses from small producers, incredible Italian and Iberian charcuterie (from €7.10 to €9 a plates), not to mention the retro cocktails, like the Suzette made with Suze, tonic, lemon and angostura bitters (€8). They also have jazz concerts every Saturday at 4:30pm. Brunch €28 (Sunday), à la carte €11-19. // M.A.-L.