"Le Quartier Asiatique, 13th Arrondissement" Paris Off The Beaten Path Tip by ForestqueenNYC
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If you need a break from the historical, touristic part of Paris, why not take a trip to Chinatown in the 13th Arrondissement, known to the Parisians as le Quartier Asiatique. While there grab a bowl of pho at one of the Vietnamese restaurants or some Thai curry at a Thai kitchen. This area is always full of life and hustle bustle.
Directions: Take any metro that goes to Place d'Italie and get off there. Look for the signs that say Sortie Place d'Italie. Exit the station at this sortie. When you come up out of the metro you should see café Jules with red awnings or a merry go round and a big glass building called the Centre Commercial. (It's a mall.) As you are standing in front of the Centre Commercial, go left and cross rue d'Italie. The next street is rue de Choisy. Walk down this street until you get to Tolbiac. You will pass an excellent Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Bahn Cuon. If there is no long line and you are hungry, stop there for a bowl of pho and some nems. Otherwise keep walking. At Tolbiac the Asian Quarter begins. You can walk down rue de Choisy to Porte de Choisy and then go left until you reach rue d'Ivry and turn left and walk back up to Tolbiac where you will see Pho Bahn Cuon again. Then you can walk on back to metro d'Italie.
I've posted pictures because Place d'Italie is a big place and can be confusing.
Alternatively, you can change to the number 7 train at Place d'Italie station and get off at Tolbiac and walk toward rue de Choisy. I prefer to walk from Place d'Italie.
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