If the Petite Russie, the Petite Alsace or the Cité Florale will show you the picturesque face of typical Parisian villages, the Place d'Italie remains a link between history and today's world. Under the magnolia trees, beautiful terraces are waiting for you to prepare you to change completely from universe.
After a shopping stop at the Italie 2 shopping centre, you will admire the oldest Paris sky-scrapper, the Albert tower at 33 rue Croulebarbe (1961). Then you will get into the Chinese quarter which never sleeps. Bristling with towers, it will propose to you an impressive quantity of restaurants, of general stores, and of Asian grocery stores - the most famous of them is Tang Frères - for a guaranteed change of scenery unique in Europe. You will discover known or unknown products which people say that they cannot be found elsewhere. Here, even the Choisy Mc Do speaks in Chinese. The district atmosphere will know how to bewitch you, in particular around the Chinese New year.
Be also sure to get to the Seine banks, more in the north to cross the Paris-Left Bank area. It is here that the Paris of tomorrow is created and you will be surprised by the diversity of the architectural vocabulary of the area. Do not miss the Paris-Diderot university built in old renovated mills, as well as the contemporary art exhibitions proposed all year round in the Frigos.