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Chinatown in Paris : From the Silk Road to the Marais

A unique experience is waiting for you all along the Parisian Silk Road of chinatown. All those who are looking for a change will be delighted to discover in the middle of the capital the ChinaTown hidden in the narrow alleys of the Haut Marais.

Acumen Galerie Joseph takes you on an exotic journey to discover the Wenzhou region, near the Art et Métiers metro station! Let’s discover chinatown in the rhythm of the stalls, tailors, familiar. And also the trendy restaurants, and exotic grocery stores. Take place in a journey aromatized with the flavor of the chinatown tea.

The Chinese Marais : A fusion in a historic district

The Art et Métiers district in the Marais is the oldest Asian district in the capital. It’s also called the “Chinese path” or “Little Wenzhou”. Historically, Chinese settlement dates back to the end of the Second World War. Right after the trauma, there was a migratory wave from the Wenzhou region to the Marais district. They settled in an area bounded by rue du Temple, rue au Maire, rue Volta and rue des Gravilliers. Very quickly, this new community specialized in the clothing and leather trades. They acquired this knowledge from Hungarian, Polish and Armenian Jewish artisans in the Marais.

In Rue au Maire, we discover two large grocery stores with shelves worthy of a museum. We were fascinated about the products we found : sweet potato noodles, frozen dry heads, fresh duck tongues, crabs from Lake Wenzhou, green vegetable jams, fried pork intestines and of course, whole food shelves made in China.

Les Quatre Saisons (35, rue au Maire 75003) in addition to the grocery department they offer a house catering service, but also kitchen utensils and local dishes. The plus of this supermarket is that there is a catering service which cooks Asian specialties directly on site. 

*store open Monday to Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

☎️01 46 36 88 85

The Volta Supermarket (6, rue au Maire 75003 Paris) is also very popular. In this grocery store, a large selection of products are available at unbeatable prices. Noodles, rice, cookies, tea, sauces¦ And various frozen dishes: ravioli, spring rolls, fish, meat

* store open every day
Monday to Wednesday: from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

☎️ 01 42 77 21 55

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A rich cultural life

Chinatown isn’t immune to the cultural life of the Marais, between openings, exhibitions, trendy addresses, and storefronts adorned with small red lanterns that symbolize luck and prosperity. We are far from having discovered everything, but the goal is to meet in a new places that invite us to travel at the sound of the gri-gri  and immerse us directly in the atmosphere of china.

We have collected for you the addresses in which we find the scent of a China that has established itself in the Marais, and has created a community with a rich and captivating culture. 

The Phoenix Bookstore

A meeting place where French and Chinese culture mix and which brings to the public the knowledge of a popular China, and marks out new path for a new generation of bookstores. Alongside others, in the cultural landscape, it makes its daily contribution to knowledge of the Chinese world: textbooks and dictionaries, “multimedia” supports, literature, history, philosophy, fine arts, in French, in English and in Chinese.

72 Boulevard de Sébastopol, 75003 Paris
☎️ 01 42 72 70 31


Galerie Paris Beijing

 Paris Beijing Gallery

A 400 m2 Beijing gallery installed in Paros since 2014.

Open internationally, it welcomes a large number of artists, photographers, and artistic projects, and supports young creation, in particular with the PBproject. It is part of a network of partner galleries. It serves those who wish to contemplate the diversity of art in all these forms, crossing China; and the world with their feet on the Parisian soil of the Gallery Paris Beijing.

62, Rue DeTurbigo – 75003 Paris 

☎️ 01 42 74 32 36



LA MAISON DU TUI NA: The Chinese address for a real massage

It’s the massage place of the stars, Joyce Jonathan Audrey Pulvar, and even Elodie Gassuin succumbed to it. As soon as you set foot there, all tensions are released, all in a Zen atmosphere with a low price.

13 Rue Saint Gilles 75003 Paris 

☎️ 01 45 55 02 61

Culture goes through art, literature, traditions, gastronomy and also through design, we have selected two shops filled with little treasures with a Chinese aura.


 Ikian Boutique

After studying design in Japan, Chikako Inoue moved to Paris in 1989 to work with young designers. After spending a few years alongside the very famous Martin Margiela, the designer decided to launch her own brand TRAZITA “the trace” in Spanish, in 1997. And IKITABI. 

For more than twenty years, the designer has been creating vintage kimonos and Japanese shoes as well as reworked accessories mixing Chinese traditions and European style.

23 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004 Paris

☎️ 01 40 27 88 05