The 12th district of Paris has always been apart from the rest of Paris, along with the 20th district. Lesser visited by tourists because of its lack of historical monuments, it also used to be a poor district in Paris. But it has recently attracted many Parisians because of the boom in prices in all the other districts.
Since then, it has become more classy but it still has this “popular” vibe that makes all its charm.
If you are looking for historical monuments and history, the 12th district is not the place to go: this area of Paris is more dedicated to enjoying life (there are more restaurants and shops than anywhere else in paris).
If are visiting Paris, and the 12th district more particularly, you should first try to avoid the expensive Parisian hotels and try to stay in local apartments.
With real estate being at its highest level, many Parisians rent their apartment or B&B through online platforms like Wimdu. It is cheaper than hotels, often of better quality, and you will often get good tips from your hosts on where to go and what to see.
One of the big characteristic of the 12th district is the presence of a strong Italian community and therefore a very high density of Italian restaurants in the area. One of the best ones is Assaporare, a little Italian restaurant located near the Bastille (7 rue Saint Nicolas). It is the restaurant of Giuseppe Lo Casale, an architect who loved to cook so much that it became a half-time job. He created this cosy restaurant with two of his friends, and it is now fully booked every night of the week.
And, because good food never comes without good products, he brings back personally the food from Naples! He also created another little Italian bar not far from there (75 avenue Ledru-Rollin), where you can have a glass of Italian wine (selected by Eric Beaumard, the world’s best Sommelier) and some Italian cheese and charcuterie.
As the 12th district is all about enjoying life, you should also go through the Marche d’Aligre, one of the exciting outdoor markets in this area. It is always very crowded, but you always get to taste free food even if you do not buy!
Also, you will have noticed that there are not a lot of green spaces in Paris. Well, the 12th district is one of the only places where there actually are some. The “Bois de Vincennes” is the most popular one, mainly because of its lake: there, you can rent a boat and go for a little trip on the water. A lot of locals love to come here to escape from the stressful Parisian life.
And most of all, there are only very few tourists in the 12th district, so it is an opportunity to discover what living in Paris really feels like!
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