Away from its well-worn tourist tracks, Paris is home to several alternative, grittier areas, which stand in stark contrast to the city’s chic imagery. Topping the list of cool Parisian neighborhoods is Belleville, a staunchly working class district located in the 20th arrondissement to the northeast of the city. This area of Paris has a growing reputation as a thriving arts hub thanks to the influx of trendy designers, artists, writers and fashionistas. Avant-garde galleries are opening left, right and center, whilst plentiful street art adds a splash of color to the neighborhood’s facades. Meanwhile, artist’s collectives and studios are coming together as the burgeoning creative scene gains momentum and increasing recognition.