10 - Chez Babert

    Historic site and monument

    Like all the villages, Saint Martin had a heart - its church - and two lungs : the bar-grocers "Chez Babert" and "Chez Ligeon". Today "Chez Babert" has become "L'Eterlou" but the bar has remained the meeting place for the locals.

    In 1936, when it opened as a bar-grocers, this establishment already benefited from a good position, just next to the church with a view over the main square. All the catholic families went regularly to the church services. The men easily forgot what time Mass started, and, so as not to be seen arriving late, waited for their wives at the bar with a glass of red or white wine "watered" down with lemonade, without noticing the time pass ...
    During the 3 day long cattle fairs, Its position at the bottom of the cattle fair field (now a games area and the bottom of the drag lift), made it an ideal stop over for farmers and cattle-dealers. The discussions were harsh and the negotiations to the nearest centime.

    73440 Saint-Martin-de-Belleville Toggle the map


    Free of charge.

    Opening Period

    All year round, daily.


    • Public WC
    • Car park


    • Pets welcome

    Points of interest nearby

    Heritage circuit
    Heritage circuit
    All year round.Saint Martin de Belleville


    The heritage circuit takes you around the old village of Saint Martin discovering its monuments and the places that were important in yesteryear village life. Leaving from the parish church, there are 12 stopovers which immerse ...