La Chapelle

La Chapelle's diverse cultural make-up is reflected in the delicious offerings of its ethnic restaurants and food stands.

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.

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On the Map

La Chapelle is within XVIII Arrondissement and bordered by Pigalle - Saint-Georges, Gare du Nord - Gare de I'Est, Porte de Clignancourt, Montmartre, IX Arrondissement, and X Arrondissement

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Charles de Gaulle airport: About 45 min by Subway (35 min by taxi)
Orly airport: About 55 min by Subway (35 min by taxi)
Châtelet-les-Halles: About 20 min by Subway
Eiffel Tower: About 35 min by Subway

Paris' Multicultural Mecca

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Distinct and thriving multiethnic communities compose La Chapelle.

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La Chapelle comprises a particularly notable niche ethnic neighborhood, Goutte-d'Or. African and Maghrebian populations are especially prominent in the area.

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In La Chapelle, colorful textiles, vibrant patterns, and easily switchable hairstyles are common.

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La Chapelle is one of Paris' favorite places to have couscous.

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Lively and colorful, La Chapelle's relentless energy might surprise you.

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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

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More often than not, La Chapelle's sidewalks, streets, and corridors are enlivened by the sights, smells, and sounds of outdoor markets.

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On the weekends, a robust African market sets up its stalls.

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The clamor, clatter, and chatter of haggling vendors and earnest shoppers evokes a lively, productive atmosphere in La Chapelle.

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Buying, selling, and bargain hunting isn't limited to markets and stores.

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From sidewalks to crosswalks, you can find anything almost anywhere in La Chapelle.

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Tati remains a department store destination, and shoppers flock to La Chapelle to take advantage of its affordable styles.

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The neighborhood is colorful and the perfect gateway to the 18th arrondissement. It's the Parisian sister neighorhood to SF's Mission district."

Lynn

Visited in 2010

The Increasing Appeal of Edgy Landscapes

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Greater La Chapelle is largely working class. The neighborhood's diligent demeanor steadily attracts new attention.

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Contemporary apartment buildings are slowly popping up alongside La Chapelle's traditional residences.

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You'll get a strong sense of Paris' metropolitan appeal when walking the streets of this diverse neighborhood.

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Much of La Chapelle remains accessible for wandering, and its residents don't shy away from the daily commotion of urban life.

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The epitome of an everyday Parisian neighborhood, La Chapelle's restaurants, markets, and cafes are a short train ride away from more illustrious Parisian hot spots like Chatelet-Les Halles.

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We liked the neighborhood despite not being in a touristy area. It felt like the real Paris."

Lisa

Visited in 2013

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

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.

Marc Olivier Le Blanc

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