Explore three arrondissements, which are home to fashionable, bohemian Montparnasse and the authentic eateries of Chinatown
Step away from the tourist track and get acquainted with Paris’s most southern arrondissements. The 13th, 14th and 15th arrondissements cover a huge area that’s bursting with cool cafés, street markets and unusual museums – there’s something for everyone.
The 13th Arrondissement is home to the Quartier Chinois: the biggest Chinatown in Europe. It occupies a triangle between Avenue de Choisy and Avenue d’Ivry, and is flanked by 1960s tower blocks. There’s a great choice of Asian supermarkets, along with restaurants specialising in banh mi, dim sum and Vietnamese pho.
The 14th Arrondissement is a popular residential neighbourhood. It contains most of the famous Montparnasse District, which has traditionally been home to artists and writers. You’ll find a good choice of lively cafés and bars around Boulevard de Montparnasse, such as the buzzing Le Café Tournesol. The picturesque rue Daguerre has an excellent street market, as well as one of Paris’s best boulangeries, Le Moulin de la Vierge.
Make your way to the 15th Arrondissement to climb the famous Tour Montparnasse. It’s the city’s tallest skyscraper, so you’ll have incredible 360-degree views (arguably the best in Paris) from the top.