Monogrammed awnings and the smell of incense characterize La Chapelle, a diverse neighborhood in the northern outskirts of the city. The familiar sight of outdoor cafes mixes with the unfamiliar languages on foreign menus—Sri Lankan, Turkish, and Pakistani cuisines are prominent in La Chapelle. Embodying Paris’ cosmopolitan inclinations, this inconspicuous neighborhood is witnessing a slow evolution—young couples attracted to La Chapelle’s barefaced facades are joining the neighborhood’s robust immigrant population.See places to stay Save this neighborhood
Paris' Multicultural Mecca
La Chapelle is lively and extremely cosmopolitan. Historically a working class area with a predominantly immigrant population, there has been a large influx of "bobos" in the last 10 years. It remains a very diverse neighborhood."
Thriving Marketplaces In La Chapelle
The neighborhood is colorful and the perfect gateway to the 18th arrondissement. It's the Parisian sister neighorhood to SF's Mission district."
Visited in 2010
The Increasing Appeal of Edgy Landscapes
We liked the neighborhood despite not being in a touristy area. It felt like the real Paris."
Visited in 2013
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Marc Olivier Le Blanc
Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.
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