I didn't realize how vast the 13th arrondissement was until I really explored it. I've been living in it and walking around for days and still haven't seen all of it. This hood definitely wears many different masks. There's Butte aux Caille which is a cute old french area with lots of bars, a chinatown with a chinese mall that feels like modern day china and much more. The wall murals are lovely here in the 13th. Looks like french artists feel the same as I do about the drab beige buildings.
Le 13e vol.2
To find the really charming residences you have to go down the side streets.