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The 10 Most Authentic Chinatowns in the World

by Paul Joseph  |  Published January 23, 2017


4. Paris

Parisians celebrate the Year of the Dragon in the city's Chinatown (Photo: Passion Leica via Flickr)

Parisians celebrate the Year of the Dragon in the city’s Chinatown (Photo: Passion Leica via Flickr)

Located southeast of the 13th arrondissement, Paris’s Chinatown is known locally as the Asian Quarter (or Le Quartier Asiatique, to use the lingo). Home to a large community of around 50,000 residents of Asian heritage, there’s no doubting the authenticity of the huge variety of stores, restaurants, markets and other outlets selling Chinese themed wares, including food, gaudy decorations and souvenirs, gadgets and much more.

Bordered by Avenue d’Italie and Avenue d’Ivry, the area is positively heaving with groceries, noodle bars, tea rooms and gift shops. Meanwhile neon signs light window displays of succulent-looking Peking ducks, and the air is filled with delightful spices and incense.

In short, sensory overload is guaranteed when you visit Paris’s Chinatown. In a city renowned for its multiculturalism, with tensions often surfacing as a result, Chinatown exists as a reminder that a mixing of cultures can have harmonious and wholly positive effects.

TOP TIP: Don’t miss a visit to the Tang Brothers (Tang Frères) supermarket, where you’re guaranteed to get lost in this vast emporium of anything Asian – but that’s all part of the fun.