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13TH ARRONDISSEMENT OF PARIS GUIDE: SPEND LESS, DO MORE

Welcome to the 13th Arrondissement

13-Arr-Simon-Beauvoir-Foot-BridgeAlso known as the Quartier Asiatique or ‘Little Asia’, this neighbourhood on the left bank of the river Seine is also known for being the home of some the tallest buildings in Paris such as Les Olympiades, Super Italie. Recognised by locals as an ‘insolite’ (unusual) neighbourhood, some of the first things you will see are the wall of high rise buildings at Porte de Choisy on Boulevarde Massena and Porte d’Ivry, colloquially know as Paris’ Chinatown. In addition, this arrondissement holds the architecturally ultramodern national library Bibliotheque Nationale which provides guided tours and exhibitions about which you should check the website for details.

Some of the best ways to explore this arrondissement will cost you little to nothing

The Sunday markets are a great place to start exploring this neighbourhood. Fresh produce at an affordable price is abundant, with Asian cuisine of course being the most popular. There are also several great places to places to eat and drink in this neighbourhood and one of the best is Café Charlot. With consistently reliable service and a buzzing atmosphere you will be warmly welcomed at this popular eatery. Another great choice is La Tropicale for a casual way to experience the area in true Parisian style. One of the most popular items on the menu are the macaroons and the gelato ice cream.

For an opportunity to escape the big city and experience the village feel of the area, why not take a walking tour of the hilltop area of Butte-aux-Cailles which features cobbled streets and old world charm. While only spanning a few streets, this part of the neighbourhood is home to numerous restaurants and bars and even tea rooms that are sure to entice and you will likely be impressed by the array of street art on display.

And for just a little more…

Known for it’s delightful assortment of macaroons and homemade ice cream, you will likely be tempted by the gourmet produce available at La Tropicale. With original flavours and taste sensations you can sense the artisan’s passion for their work. Or if you fancy a great baguette, head to Boulangerie Patisserie l’Essential, one of the most celebrated bakeries in the city. Some of the other tasty treats include pain au chocolat, crepes and tartes.

A visit to the 13th arrondissement would not be complete without taking a tour through the famed Chinatown quarter. Also incorporating a range of shops with Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian heritage, you can enjoy dim sum or buy your own Asian inspired groceries to create your own recipes at home and what better way to explore the Asian cuisine of Paris than taking the time to make your own? Alternatively another great place to explore is at the Place d’Italie, a public space also located in this neighbourhood.

If you’re looking a great dining experience in this area…

Some of the best choices include Virgule for classic French cuisine at a reasonable price for the three course fixed menu and the gourmet bistro of L’Ourcine which features fresh ingredients, beautifully displayed in a modern atmosphere with great service.

Spend Less, Do More

Your Cheaperthanhotels Team

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