Place d'Italie - Quartier Chinois

Europe's largest Chinatown shares Place d'Italie - Quartier Chinois' streets with business offices and brick townhouses.

Place d’Italie – Quartier Chinois mixes business with pleasure. Skirting the southeast edge of Paris, this neighborhood claims Europe’s largest Chinatown—bringing with it traditionally delectable Asian cuisine and delightfully crowded streets. Beyond the pagodas that dot its landscape, high-rise towers, brick townhouses, and famous Basque restaurants share Place d’Italie – Quartier Chinois’ skyline.

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On the Map

Place d'Italie - Quartier Chinois is within XIII Arrondissement and bordered by Austerlitz, Port-Royal, Panthéon, Quartier Latin, V Arrondissement, Bercy, Alésia, and XIV Arrondissement

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Charles-De-Gaulle Airport: About an hour by Subway (40 min by taxi)
Orly Airport: About 40 min by Subway (30 min by taxi)
Châtelet-Les-Halles: About 15 min by Subway
Eiffel Tower: About 25 min by Subway

Paris' Chinatown

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Place d’Italie – Quartier Chinois is famous for hosting Europe's largest Chinatown.

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For the discerning tea fan, some of the best teas in Paris can only be found here.

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Many of its tea shops specialize in exotic and unique varieties.

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We especially appreciated the numerous relaxed and affordable restaurants nearby. Bakeries galore, Monoprix and Carrefour along with specialty charcuterie, frequent morning markets, etc"

Kathy

Visited in 2012

Outside Chinatown, A Middle Class Neighborhood

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Modern architecture, open spaces, and the ubiquitous cafe make Place d’Italie – Quartier Chinois a mellow and well-rounded neighborhood.

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The neighborhood is well known for having peculiar and incongruous architecture.

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Towering apartment blocks in brutalist styles clash heavily with Paris' ornamental aesthetic.

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It feels like an unexplored local neighborhood with cute cafes and bars, including Temps des Cerises (a great restaurant we ate at one night, on Suzette's recommendation)."

Carly

Visited in 2013

La Butte aux Cailles

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Literally "The Quail Hill," this south Paris area feels like a tiny Montmartre surrounded by modern monoliths.

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Winding streets and uncharacteristically quaint architecture evoke the feeling of small-town France.

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This part of the neighborhood is famous for its gastronomic delights and regional specialties.

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This is La Butte aux Cailles area: autentic Parisian style bistros, many bars, family-run restaurants, peaceful parks and squares, with little traffic because of narrow streets."

Place d'Italie's Massive Modern Shopping Center

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With thousands of square feet of shopping space, how could you not find something to love in this weather-proof commercial complex?

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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.

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Rachael Woodson is an American photographer based in Paris. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and ENSBA in Paris. Her work explores realms of psychology and family. She also photographs for clients including Airbnb, Rolling Stone, and Nylon. Rachael had an amazing time photographing the diverse neighborhoods and people of Paris for this project.

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