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A varied and eclectic area in the southern part of the Left Bank, the 13th arrondissement offers the curious traveler a different view of Paris, away from the tourist hotspots and crowded center. From the new Rive Gauche business district to the zany atmosphere of Chinatown, the 13th offers color and contrast in abundance. The Gare d’Austerlitz is being revitalized by exciting residential and commercial developments, while historic Place d’Italie, at the convergence of several boulevards and avenues, is the heart of its vibrant nightlife.

Hotels in the 13th arrondissement

Hotels near the Gare d’Austerlitz are plentiful and varied, ranging from upscale establishments to more affordable options. Les écrivains (‘The Writers’) is a 3-star Gare d’Austerlitz hotel named for the book industry which still flourishes in this neighborhood. The striking décor of the 4-star Villa Lutèce Port Royal also takes its inspiration from the “belles lettres” of the legendary Latin quarter universities nearby. Hotels in the Place d’Italie area include the 3-star Grand Hôtel des Gobelins—this cozy family-run hotel has some quirky design touches, including comic strips of Paris scenes by a local artist.

Things to see in the 13th arrondissement

The geographic and social center of the 13th arrondissement is the Place d’Italie, site of its town hall and public transport hub. Italie 2 is a popular shopping mall straddling the metro station, designed by the famous modernist Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. The cosmopolitan Avenue des Gobelins is bursting with lively restaurants featuring cuisine from all four corners of the globe, including some of the best Asian food in all Paris. Also worth a visit is the Paris Rive Gauche district bordering the River Seine. This pedestrian-friendly development on former industrial land has received praise for its imaginative urban design. One of its most triumphant achievements is the award-winning François Mitterand Library, which houses the vast National Library of France. The quarter to the south of the arrondissement is Paris’s Chinatown—here you can see the house in which Ho Chi Minh lived for several years and visit the famous Vietnamese supermarket Tang Frères.

Good for travelers on a budget

The 13th arrondissement is a lesser-visited area in Paris, yet it’s within easy reach of many of the city’s most popular sights with excellent transport links for exploring further afield. You’ll find plenty of discount hotels near the Gare d’Austerlitz, and the restaurants and bars around Place d’Italie cater for all tastes and budgets. Check out Chinatown and the Asian quarter for tasty street food at a bargain price. The student haunts around Paris Diderot University in Rive Gauche are also good value, while the scenic walk along the left bank of the Seine offers some of the best views in Paris, all for free.

How to get to the 13th arrondissement

Gare d’Austerlitz is a main rail terminus principally serving destinations on the Atlantic coast and south-east France. If you’re arriving into Paris by air, the city’s two international airports have direct links to the center by public transport. The RER rapid transport network is a quick and efficient way to reach your hotel in the Gare d’Austerlitz-Place d’Italie area. The neighborhood is easy to get around, with numerous metro stations, as well as buses and trams. Walking is also a pleasant option, and it’s easy to find late-night cabs in the entertainment hotspot of Place d’Italie.

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