Exploring Paris: Butte aux Cailles

This neighborhood, the 13th arrondissement, is the new hip place to be, stay, and visit. Wander around this small part of Paris and you’ll see cobblestone streets, Art Deco architecture, murals and street art and be able to dine on local fare and unique cuisine well within your budget. Here are some of my favorites for you to add to your list from this micro-neighborhood.

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First, Chez Gladines - Basque cuisine with lines around the block from the moment it opens. Escargot roquefort that will make you move to the neighborhood and camp out at a back table forever.
30 Rue des cinq Diamants, 75013 Paris, France

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Chez Nathalie - This powerhouse woman makes some of the most beautiful food I’ve ever put in my mouth. This is her version of apple tart or tarte Tatin (pronounced tart tatan).
45 Rue Vandrezanne, 75013 Paris, France

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The Market near Corvisart Station shouldn’t be missed. Look at these cheeses!

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If you can swing it, get a view from above because Parisian rooftops are everything. Even on a cloudy day.

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Back down on the ground be sure to look around because art is everywhere. The neighborhood treasure is artist Mireille Bailly-Coulange who creates exquisite sculptures out of Plexiglas. Just look at the doors to her studio!

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Look for street art and murals in some of the least expected places. Sometimes they blend right in.

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Be sure to fill your water bottle with spring water from the town spring. It’s gorgeous and delicious mineral spring water. You can see people lined up filling jugs and buckets and bottles most of the day.

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Never EVER forget to eat breakfast. This petit déjeuner is the best way to start the day.

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Don’t forget to take a dip in the ‘Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles,’ located at 5 Place Paul Verlaine. It opened to the public in 1924 and is decorated in the art deco nouveau. You have to take a dip in one of only two pools in the entire city listed as historic monuments. It’s filled with naturally heated spring water and today you can swim in the vintage pool for a fee of as little as €3.

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Looking for a great cheat sheet of places to visit in Paris? Download my 24 Hour Guide to Paris. Or check out my big Guide to Paris with even more places to see in every neighborhood.

Watch the LIVE video of a walk through the Butte aux Cailles in Paris. Click below to watch on YouTube. It’s a bit shaky since I was walking and talking. Enjoy!

I’ll leave you with the most perfect baguettes in the world. Right here. From the l’Atelier du Pain. drool

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