Paris off the beaten path
The Butte-aux-Cailles (Quails' hill), in the 13th arrondissement, is one of the most pleasant village of Paris, with its quaint streets, low houses and sleepy alleys, peaceful little gardens and cats wandering around.
Get off at Metro Corvisart, cross the Boulevard Blanqui and enter by the passage that cuts through the big building, to the Rue Engène Atget. Climb the stairs up to the Rue des Cinq Diamants. Rue de la Butte aux Cailles and rue des Cinq Diamants are the main streets of the village, with their typical restaurants, little shops, a plenty of cafés and a fair amount of animation in the evenings.
Don't miss the Rue Daviel, with its Alsace-styled houses from the early 1900s, and the lovely Villa Daviel, with private small houses and tiny gardens full of flowers.