A former agricultural-turned-industrial quarter dotted with reconverted factories, garages and warehouses, Montreuil was also the cradle of cinema. In 1889 Emile Reynaud invented the 'praxinoscope à projection' here, an optical theatre that projected moving drawings - precursors of cartoons. And George Mélies built the world's first film studio in his garden in 1896 - a glass conservatory (no longer in existence) he called his 'workshop of cinematographic shots' (l'atelier de prises de vues cinématographiques).
Though less pretty than Vincennes, Montreuil's population has a distinct arty streak, visible in the town's numerous galleries, artist's workshops and graffiti clad walls.
To learn about the area's agricultural heritage, the Tourist Office runs free tours around the labyrinthine murs à pêche (peach-growing walls) - 19th-century throwbacks to a time when Montreuil's St-Antoine quarters were dedicated to peach farming (Sun 2.30-4.30pm; access via 23 rue Saint Just - Impasse Gobétue; bus 102 or 121 to Danton, or bus 122 to Saint Just). If you decide to visit the walls, you can reverse this itinerary.