History of Drinking in Belleville

Paris Cocktail Talk
Paris Cocktail Talk
History of Drinking in Belleville

This month we learn about the history of drinking in Belleville, a working class, multi-ethnic area going through a bit of a gentrification at the moment. Our guest Allison Zinder takes us back to a time when it was a village just outside of Paris producing cheap wine and packing its guinguettes with rowdy partiers and up and coming singers of the day. She also gives her tips on the best places to stop into for food and drink today.

Allison Zinder is a gastronomy and historical guide, blogger, as well as the head of academics at a hotel and restaurant management school.

Allison Zinder for history of drinking in Belleville Paris

Products, places and people mentioned in the History of Drinking episode

Allison’s blog

Allison’s Instagram

Allison’s Tours

Combat Belleville cocktail bar

Casque d’Or movie taking place in Belleville

Aux Folies

Culture Rapide

Mon Coeur Belleville

Le Vieux Belleville


Belleville Park (highly recommended by Allison for its views over Paris)

paris cocktail talk podcast drink of the month: la zezette

Cocktail of the Month: La Zézette*

1 part Absinthe

7 parts sweet cold white wine

Mix together in a pitcher and pour in Absinthe glass (or other goblet or wine style glass) over ice cubes

Read about this cocktail and watch a video on Allison’s prior website here

*zézette is French slang for vagina, primarily used when speaking with children 

Big thanks to…

Allison Zinder

World Radio Paris for editing and production

Son Little for the music we use

and, most importantly, YOU for tuning in, downloading and listening!

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