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All about the 13th Arrondissement

Paris 13th arrondissement

Hidden in the middle of the urban 13th is a historic, preserved hilltop village called La Butte aux Cailles. Narrow cobblestone streets house charming apartment buildings and single family homes, and historic, family-owned restaurants.  For many, it’s the Montmartre of the left bank. 

Bustling and eclectic, the13th is home to Paris’s largest Chinese population and is considered Paris’ Chinatown. The predominant architecture is notably modern, with clusters of low-rent high-rise apartment buildings, offering panoramic views of the rest of the city but often at the cost that the buildings can be pretty uncharming. From Place d’Italie to the Mitterand Library, the 13th has not escaped the upward trend in prices, particularly for smaller, more affordable apartments sought by young buyers who find the more central parts of Paris unaffordable.

Located on the left bank of the River Seine, it also hosts the newly developed business district of Paris Rive Gauche.

QUARTIERS: salpetrieregaremaison-blanchecroulebarbe

From Place d’Italie to the Mitterand Library, the 13th arrondissement has not escaped the upward trend in prices, particularly for small apartments sought after by young buyers or investors seeing the potential of a quick return. Prices are highest in the north of the 13th abutting the 5th arrondissement, toward the Boulevard Saint Marcel.

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Land area Population
(2005 estimate)
Price per square meter in EUROS
(prices vary based on size and condition)
Salpêtrière Gare Maison-Blanche Croulebarbe
7.15 km2 (2.76 sq mi) 181,300 7,339 – 10,124 6,180 – 9,803 7,034 – 8,889 7,452 – 9,346



Manufacture des Gobelins: Fascinating guided tours of tapestry making and its history, this factory has been in operation at this address since 1443 and is still active today.


Auguste Blanqui: Very busy on Sundays, but dont’t let the crowds be a deterrent; the prices are good and there is a selection of exotic fruits and even a stand with Russian specialties. 


Parc de Kellerman: This terraced park has three levels connected by stairs and features a stream with a fountain and large pond, and sizeable lawns for relaxing. This park also has a playground for children, a football field, tennis courts and an apiary with transparent hives to watch the bees at work. 


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