Between its Chinatown and village-like neighborhood, Place d'Italie has it all! From Place d'Italie you can explore either a former village or a modern exotic district. If you are looking for a family apartment to rent in Paris for your next vacation, what about Place d'Italie? Place d'Italie, the beating heart of the 13th arrondissement A turntable for getting to the Butte-aux-Cailles or the Asian neighborhood. There is a complete contrast between the little streets and the village feel of the Butte-aux-Cailles on the one hand, and the tall buildings and exotic stores of Chinatown on the other. In the center, Place d'Italie offers the hustle and bustle of its shopping center and its movie theaters. Historically, it was an industrial area in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. While an old, undeveloped environment has been retained on the Butte-aux-Cailles side, unsanitary blocks were demolished and paved the way, on the other side of Avenue d'Italie, for a modern neighborhood. From the 1980s, successive waves of refugees from southeast Asia took over. Place d'Italie, one district, two sides With its playgrounds, carousels, and deckchairs, Parc de Choisy (128 Avenue de Choisy) is perfect for family strolls. Square René Le Gall (1 Rue Emile Deslandres) is more intimate, with a stream and a miniature forest. A stone's throw from Place d'Italie, enjoy the distinct village feel of the charming Butte-aux-Cailles district, near Rue des Cinq-Diamants and Rue de la Butte-aux-Cailles. In the direction of Porte de Choisy, there is an entirely different atmosphere in Paris's colorful Chinatown, where restaurants and exotic stores abound. Place d'Italie, an area for food lovers Rue de Tolbiac is crammed with food stores. A well-stocked market with many stands is held on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings on Boulevard Vincent Auriol. There is a good choice of stores on either side of the district. The district is served by Place d'Italie metro station (lines 5, 6, and 7). Want to rent an apartment in Paris? We can offer furnished vacation rentals in the Place d'Italie district.