Thursday, 29 November 2007

Paris Chinatown Arts et Metiers

You’ll find the oldest and the smallest Chinatown in Paris in the 3rd arrondissement near to Metro Arts et Metiers. This neighbourhood is quite a contrast to the gaudy Chinatowns of Belleville and 13th arrondissement. It’s made up of just 2 streets; rue Marie and rue Volta and is lined with Chinese restaurants, supermarkets and merchants. In the 1930s Chinese mostly from the Wen Zhou province arrived in Paris to make their fortunes. They formed a community around Arts & Metiers to set up leather workshops and handicraft shops

A further point of interest in this area is the half-timbered building a 3 rue Volta which is said to be the oldest house in Paris dating back to the end of the 13th Century or beginning of the 14th Century. It is now occupited by an Asian restaurant offering 'soupe pho'.

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