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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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