The Goutte d’Or neighborhood of Paris is a side of the city that many tourists never see. Historically the home of European immigrants before becoming a hub for those arriving from Africa, today, the ‘Drop of Gold’ area is one of Paris’s most authentic multi-cultural melting pots. Here, you’ll see Parisians of dozens of different nationalities sharing their traditions, cultures, and cuisines.
The neighborhood is now one of the most rapidly changing parts of Paris. In recent years, La Goutte d’Or has become a place for experimentation, with social and urban planning projects working to bring new businesses and public housing to the quartier. These initiatives have shaken up Paris’s fashion and design industries with many young creatives now flocking to the neighborhood for the reasonable rents and the mixed and modern vibe.
On this walking tour, former inhabitant Frederic shows you around the neighborhood, teaching you about the many ways in which the area has evolved. You’ll also see the largest open-air African market outside the African continent, eye-catching contemporary architecture, and a workshop where you can recycle orphaned socks!
Photo credit: © TheWaysBeyond, 2019