13th, 14th, & 15th Arrondissements
SIDE OF THE SEINE: LEFT BANK
Many of the neighborhoods in these arrondissements are residential areas on the outer edge of Paris and boast very few tourist attractions. Unless you have friends or business in these arrondissements, you likely won't wander this far, save for a visit to the Catacombs. Still, if you have more time in the city, there are areas worth exploring, as noted below.
Should I stay here?
If you're only visiting Paris for a short time, I would not suggest booking accommodation in these areas. Yes, you could always hop on the Metro, but paying a little more to stay in an area closer to the city center will be beneficial to your time here.
- Catacombs: Stretching over 300 km, these limestone quarries and tunnels hold a more macabre story of Paris. Spend an, ironically, enlightening afternoon underground exploring these skull-and-bone-lined cave walls, learning of the history and tragedy of those laid to rest.
- Tour Montparnasse (14th): Soar up the tower and step onto the observation deck for impressive views of the city. It is especially beautiful at sunset and at night with views of the glittering Eiffel.
- Chinatown (13th): Paris' Chinatown is the largest in Europe. The 13th has a thriving Asian community, and here you can find delicious Chinese cuisine and groceries. It is especially lively with its celebrations during Chinese New Year.
- Quai François Mauriac (13th): Stroll along the old industrial wharfs where you'll find a slew of péniches with floating cafés, bars, and nightclubs.