The Richard-Lenoir station serves metro line 5. It is located in eastern Paris' 11e in fare zone 1. Richard-Lenoir has a single access point at boulevard Richard-Lenoir.
The station's name refers to the boulevard Richard-Lenoir. It is named dually for Francois Richard and Joseph Lenoir-Dufresne, both industrialists who helped introduced the cotton industry to the city.
The area around the station is an extremely populous district, not only in Paris, but in comparison to the rest of Europe. The 11e is known as "the eleventh" by locals. It is an extremely lively, residential section that includes Place de la Republique, Place de la Bastille, and the tree lined boulevard Richard Lenoir. Sprinkled throughout the homes are markets, children's parks, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife.