13th Arrondissement - Gobelins



Much of Paris was constructed as a showcase for its period and a monument for its Bonapartist rulers, spiritually closer in many ways to Pyonyang than to more business-minded cities such as London or New York. But not all of Paris is like that: there are also parts where the city spits into its hand and goes to work. Welcome, then, to the 13th arrondissement.

Of all the city's arrondissements, the 13th is the one that feels least like Paris: whether you find yourself in the glass-and-concrete desert of the Bibliothèque neighborhood, whether cargo trains thunder over your head on Rue Watt or whether you walk through the area east of Tolbiac, Europe's biggest Chinatown. Come here for the largest Chinese supermarkets and the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in town. 

Having said that, the Butte aux Cailles is a lovely little neighborhood on a hill (often called the 'Montmartre of the south') tucked away just off the Place d'Italie and its massive mall. Have a walk and sit down for a coffee in one of the many outdoor cafés such as 'Les Cailloux on Rue des Cinq Diamants – a little piece of "Old Paris", forgotten by time.



Nightlife

Bateau Alize
Théâtre Tallia
Nix Nox
Église Luthérienne de la Trinité
Baleine Blanche
Bateau Blues Cafe
Bateau El Alamein
Djoon (La)
Halle Freyssinet (La)
Stade Sébastien Charléty
Cachette
Dame de Canton
K Lounge
Batofar (Le)
Centre d'Animation la Poterne des Peupliers
Espace des Peupliers
Pavillon des Ateliers
Bar a Vins Nicolas
Péniche Boer 2
Petit Olympia
Theatre du Lierre
Péniche Alternat
7 Spirits
Theatre 13
The Frog & British Library
MK2 Bibliothèque
Centre Mandapa

Attractions

Stade Sebastien Charlety
Église Luthérienne de la Trinité
Eglise Reformee Port-Royal
Jardin des Grands Moulins
Eglise Saint-Marcel
Église Sainte-Anne de la Butte-aux-Cailles
Espace des Peupliers
Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins
Frigos
Place Salpetriere
Gare D'Austerlitz
Hospital de la Salpêtrière (Gunpowder Hospital)
Eglise Albert le Grand
Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir
Tang Frères
Bétonsalon
Avenue d'Italie
Place Jeanne d'Arc
Bateau El Alamein
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Boulevard Auguste Blanqui
Boulevard de Port-Royal
Pont de Bercy
Peniche Alternat
Piscine Joséphine Baker
Place Rungis
Dame de Canton
Chinatown
Place d'Italie

Restaurants

Pascal (Le)
Dansoir (Le)
Sushi Massena
Batofar (Le)
Le Temps de Cerises
Lao Lane Xang
Baleine Blanche
Péniche Boer 2
K Lounge
The Frog & British Library
Ourcine (L')
Cailloux (Les)
Bateau Blues Cafe
Chez Pauline
Temps des cerises (Le)
Dame de Canton

Hotels

Hôtel Résidence Les Gobelins
Acacias-Hotel de Ville

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