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The heterogeneous neighbourhood (13th)

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The heterogeneous neighbourhood (13th)
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In the west of the 13th arrondissement there is still a small village defended by its inhabitants, very attached to their privileged status: La Butte aux Cailles. This little spot of paradise is not very well-known in Paris, but its special, independent atmosphere, with its craftfolk and its small narrow lanes, will surprise you. It has become a favourite haunt for youths, which has led to the appearance of convivial and very pleasant bars where you can enjoy the atmosphere until late at night.

In the centre of the 13th arrondissement is the Place d'Italie with its modern coloured iron sculpture. From this square you can take the Rue des Gobelins leading to the factory of the same name, the Boulevard de l'Hôpital which leads to the Pitié Salpetrière and the Avenue de Choisy which will take you … to Asia. This is indeed the beginning of the biggest Chinatown in Europe. The streets are always lively, with numerous charming and typical Asian restaurants and shops.

Finally, the eastern part of this arrondissement is the Nationale-Chevaleret neighbourhood. Nothing spectacular here, except for the tranquillity and the beauty of this little known universe. But on going toward Bercy, you will pass in front of the impressive Bibliothèque Nationale de France François Mitterrand before arriving at the embankments where numerous barges are moored, which serve as bars and discotheques. In short, the 13th arrondissement is a rather pleasant neighbourhood.

Routes for everyone :

for lovers of leisurely walks :

In the 13th arrondissement, you will have the choice between two different atmospheres: that of La Butte aux Cailles and that of the Nationale - Chevaleret neighbourhood.

La Butte aux Cailles is a charming little village which seems to be living in complete autarky. Its inhabitants, long convinced of their luck, have done everything to keep their village intact. But it

is nature which has played the main role: the quarries in the subsoil have prevented tall buildings from taking the place of small houses with verdant gardens. This is why you will discover numerous squares, gardens, kitchen gardens and other rural splendours in the heart of Paris. This village atmosphere can also be appreciated in the public places, bars and restaurants, where almost everyone knows each other.

You may prefer the peace and quiet of the Nationale - Chevaleret neighbourhood in the east of the 13th arrondissement to this lively and vibrant atmosphere. Here, there are just small streets where the architecture almost invites you to come and look, with their gardens and inner courtyards. It is still one of the least urban and least cold neighbourhoods of Paris, not at all modern and clinical, but rather ancient and human.

for lovers of culture:

You can visit the Manufacture des Gobelins, founded by Colbert, which retraces the history of the production of tapestries right up to today, as it is still working.

You can also go on a little trip to Asia in order to admire the pagoda architecture of the Parisian Chinatown. Here, 80% of the population is Asian, although of different origins. The first to underline these differences are the inhabitants themselves, who do not want to make a homogeneous block out of all these nationalities.

Finally, you can enter the giant Bibliothèque Nationale de France François Mitterrand, a glass building, with its four towers surrounding the central garden.

for lovers of shopping :

You can take typical Asian objects home with you from your trip to Chinatown, and on approaching the Place d'Italie you can stop at the shopping centre. But apart from that, the 13th arrondissement will only partly satisfy your shopping needs.

To remember : La Butte aux Cailles / Les Gobelins / Le Quartier Asiatique / La Place d'Italie / Le Quartier Nationale - Chevaleret / La Bibliothèque Nationale de France François Mitterrand.


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