Since 2006, la Bellevilloise is a large space with cafes and terraces dedicated
to concerts, events, markets (books, producers), fairs (like the grand salon de l'art abordable - Affordable Art Fair).
Initially it was a worker co-operative funded in 1877 by mechanics. Their motto is sounding today quite modern:
“From the producer to the consumer”. Besides the selling of commodities at a reduced price (grocery, meat, coal, hardware), the cooperative was offering social and cultural activities; there was a café, a library, a solidarity fund, a shool...
The implementation in 23, rue Boyer started in 1892 with a bakery. Later in 1897, a deli and a cafe were opened (nr 19 and 25 rue Boyer). In 1910, the cooperative built the buildings that we see today between nr 19 and 21, named
the House of People. Its success was big and got almost ten thousand members in 1914.
In celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, la Bellevilloise built a new red
brick building at n°25, showing their membership to the communist party in 1924 with the motto Science and Work and the hammer and sickle on the facade. Then, its started to collapse with the crisis in the 1930s. Each building was sold housing various
activities like a factory of bags and satchels, a school of dance, a pension fund … until 2000 when it was taken out of the hands of real estate agents to become this trendy and informal space.