Paris/13th arrondissement

The 13th arrondissement of central Paris is primarily a residential and business district in the southeast of Paris, on the Left Bank of the Seine.

Although not usually recognised as a natural magnet for tourists, the 13th nonetheless does hold several attractions of interest to the traveller that include the recently-completed Bibliothèque Nationale de France (national library), now part of a major new development of the Paris rive gauche district, the second large-scale urbanism project inside the city of Paris.

To the west of the PRG, along avenue de Tolbiac is the first of these urbanism projects, Les Olympiades, with its raised esplanade and the latest of the Paris Meteor (high-speed metro) stops, Les Olympiades. The southern part of the arrondissement is the Chinatown of Paris, perhaps the biggest in Europe.

Get in

Saint Anne's on the Butte au Cailles

On foot

The easy walk to the 13th arrondissement from the centre of Paris (Île de la Cité) takes around 40 minutes, either through back streets or along the Seine promenade. It can be a very pleasant walk: you can walk across the Latin Quarter, for example, through the rue Mouffetard in the Paris/5th arrondissement.

By métro

You can get to the 13th arrondissement using 3 metro lines:

Line 7 serves Gobelins' near the Manufacture des Gobelins, Place d'Italie, Tolbiac (good entrance point for Chinatown), Maison-Blanche, and Porte d'Italie, Porte de Choisy and Porte d'Ivry. You will get to these three stations only if you take a train that goes in the Mairie d'Ivry direction. Other trains take another direction and leave Paris immediately after Maison-Blanche.

Line 6 serves Glacière, Corvisart, Place_d'Italie, Nationale, Chevaleret , near the avant-garde art galleries of rue Louise-Weiss, and Quai de la Gare, near the Bat-O-Far and other . Line 14 serves Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand (near the new Bibliothèque de France), and the newest station in Paris, Olympiades, the new terminus.

By bus

All of these lines stop at Place d'Italie.

Get around

Map of the 13th Arrondissement


Mairie (town hall) of the 13th arrondisement


Stroll across the Seine on the Pont Simone de Beauvoir pedestrian bridge from the Bibliotheque Nationale to the Parc de Bercy (in the 12th arrondissement).




The south part of the district, in the high-rise Chinatown area, is the good place to go if you like Chinese or Vietnamese food. Many outlets sell Vietnamese sandwiches. The area is not the best for getting cheap, good quality Chinese food. Elsewhere the 13th has some standouts.




All of the following hotels are near Place d'Italie, where public transportation is excellent.



Go next

Routes through 13th arrondissement

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