Buttes aux cailles, Chinatown and the BNF

Butte aux Cailles, a hidden village not far from place d'Italie and Chinatown, adds to the calm and charm of this quarter, which is fast becoming the idler's top destination – you'll find them on the terraces of the many hilltop bistros.Chinatown is close by, flanked by two towers. Its shops and restaurants offer exotic products, unusual tastes and flavours and extraordinary fabrics: this really is a little corner of China in Paris.A new Paris is fast taking shape in the area around the French national library (BNF). From Les Frigos to the galleries of rue Weiss, artists are flocking to this rapidly changing area, formerly disused railway land now dotted with cranes.

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