A lesser-known area in the southern part of Paris, the Butte-aux-Cailles neighborhood has retained a village-like atmosphere in stark contrast to the high-rise buildings of the 13th arrondissement. The Butte-aux-Cailles is made up of a handful of quaint cobblestone streets filled with small houses, several lively bars, eclectic restaurants and outdoor cafés. The Butte-aux-Cailles is known for its lively nightlife, crowded nightly with a mix of students and affluent Parisians enjoying the village ambiance. The area has retained a bohemian charm and is for the most part off the typical touristic circuit, thus making it a haven not only for Parisians, but also for working artists. An artistic influence is everywhere on the Butte-aux-Cailles, home to several artist workshops and galleries. Art is also what makes this an interesting neighborhood to visit during the day. Featured throughout the Butte-aux-Cailles is street art (contemporary public-space artwork) by an artistic association called, Lez’arts de la Beivre. Wandering the streets of the Butte-aux-Cailles you’ll see exceptional street art on the walls of houses, buildings and underpasses throughout the area, further providing to the unique feeling of the neighborhood. The Butte aux Cailles might not have a popular tourist attraction, but with its lively an original atmosphere it makes tourists want to come back and Parisians want to live there. Located on the Metro line 6 between the Place d’Italie and Corvisart stations, Butte aux Cailles is walking distance to the Latin Quarter and Chinatown.
- Neighborhood description by Donna Severyns, a Paris-Sharing member who has made the Butte-aux-Cailles her home