The colorful 13th arrondissement of Paris
Paris’ 13th arrondissement covers 4 administrative areas: Salpêtrière, Gare, Maison-Blanche and Croulebarbe. This creative and innovative neighborhood of Paris is located in the south east of the city’s snail map and covers many interesting spots.
Indeed, whether you are coming to Paris for a short trip or to settle down, you will certainly feel the need to go there at least once! Why? Because it’s a trendy yet quiet neighborhood which offers unlimited freedom to creativity and diversity.
If you enjoy discovering original spots and exotic meals, then this post is for you!
Pleasure for the senses
Paris’ 13th arrondissement is particularly known as the Parisian Chinatown. To be more specific though, many Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian and Thai communities live their, which is why you will find many Asian restaurants in this area.
Along the Avenue de Choisy many restaurants offer specialties such as Bo Bun, Loc Lac and Pho. In other words, if you feel like tasting meals you probably never had before, this is the place to be!
Since, Lodgis always wants to provide you with the best, we made a little list of restaurants you should definitely try out:
- New Hoa Khoan: many will tell you that if you go there once, you will become a regular. The decoration is very simple and it looks more like a cafeteria but this is exactly what is so attractive about it: it’s an authentic Asian restaurant which offers delicious meals. It is located in 15 Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris.
- Thaï Papaya : if you’re feeling like eating a traditional Thai dish, this is certainly one of the best! Not only the food is delicious, but its artistic presentation and the originality of the flavours definitely turn heads. This exceptional spot is located in 51 rue des Cinq Diamants 75013, Paris.
- Mondol Kiri: representing the traditional dish of one of the largest Asian communities of Paris, this restaurant offers many Cambodian specialties. Shrimp and pineapple salad, shrimp macarons and fish amok are waiting for you in 159–161, Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris.
With 50 gigantic fresco created by 22 international artists, Paris’ 13th arrondissement imposed its style as an authentic pillar of street art.
Real precursor of this form of artistic expression, its mayor was the first to encourage artists to bring more colors to its enormous buildings in Paris. Nowadays, the locals are proud to consider their arrondissement as a touristic place to discover under its many artistic facets, paintings, colors and unique pieces of work.
If the goal was to let the artists’ imagination run wild, it was also a majestic way to represent the values of Paris’ 13th arrondissement which takes pride in its open-mindedness and its progressive morals.
Living in Paris’ 13th arrondissement
Settling in the 13th arrondissement is the perfect way to live in a peaceful and creative area where social life is pleasant and everything is nearby.
Indeed, this is one of the most convenient areas of Paris, not only your groceries and shopping will be cheaper than in most other places but it should also be observed that this area is extremely well-served by public transports. Moreover, many famous schools and universities are located in the 13th arrondissement.
Lodgis knows it is the perfect place for a fulfilling standard of life which is why we offer a large range of furnished rentals in Paris’ 13th arrondissement whether you are looking for a studio, a several-bedroom apartment, a duplex, a triplex or a loft, you have many options at your disposal on our website.
Culture and literature
How not to mention it while presenting Paris’ 13th arrondissement? The Bibliothèque Nationale de France is the biggest library of the country. Located in Quai François-Mauriac, 75706 Paris cedex 13.
The former royal private library which kept accumulating more and more intellectual pieces throughout the time had to change. The amazing “BNF” was inaugurated in 1996 after a big mutation due to the expansion of culture and knowledge and now it offers a collection of more than 14 millions of books in many different fields.
It also organizes cultural events such as conferences and exhibitions but its architecture and beautiful scenery is considered as one of the most beautiful sights of Paris.
If you feel like going for a sunny stroll surrounded by culture, activities, the River seine and green spaces, this place will certainly answer your needs.
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