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A Guide To Paris Chinatown

January 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Paris 巴黎

Paris has two Chinatowns, one in The 13th arrondissement and another one in Belleville, in the 20th. The 13th arrondissement is home to the main Chinatown of Paris, a lively residential and business district with narrow streets. It is the biggest Chinatown in Europe. While this vibrant district may not be as popular as other Parisian tourist spots, locals certainly know to head here for the most authentic Asian cuisine.

Particularly recommended is Lao Lane Xang 2, 102 Ave d’Ivry, which offers delicious Laotian/Thai/Vietnamese cuisine. Especially look out for the lacquered duck breast in a chilli-nuoc cham sauce. After a good meal you can enjoy dessert at one of the delicious Chinese pastry shops. At 159, rue Château des Rentiers you’ll find what many regard as best Cantonese restaurant in the city,  La Mer de Chine. It makes no effort to attract non-Chinese speaking diners, and parts of its menu are not even translated into French.

Chinese Department Store
Paris Chinatown has many Asian supermarkets, specialty shops, and small hotels. Plus, there is the popular large department store Tang Freres, which offers a window on the variety of Chinese merchandise available, and is the biggest Chinese grocery store in Paris. There are also cultural events that occur regularly here based on the Chinese calendar. The residents and business owners put together a big parade for the Chinese New Year.

You can get to Chinatown using 3 metro lines: Ligne 7 serves Gobelins’ near the Manufacture des Gobelins, Place d’Italie, and Tolbiac is a good entrance point for Paris Chinatown, Maison-Blanche, and Porte d’Italie, Porte de Choisy and Porte d’Ivry; you will get to these three stations if you take a train that goes to the Mairie d’Ivry direction.

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