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Top 8 things to do near Place de la Bastille

The area around the Place de la Bastille is one of the most exciting and diverse neighborhoods in Paris. It’s a prime spot for nightlife, with dance clubs that have been popular over the years and trendy new directions like ‘underground’ style cocktail bars. It also has a lot to offer anyone interested in urban history, art, and architecture – revolutionary monuments, lush parks with rooftop views, and local street art are just a few of the other draw cards in this area. Fantastic food markets and quirky boutiques are others. Get off at the Bastille metro stop, cross the long and busy square and explore some of the places we recommend below. It is a complex and bustling neighborhood that is sure to increase your understanding and appreciation of the city.

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See the Colonne de Juillet, symbol of revolutions

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Place de la Bastille, 75004 Paris, France

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Of course, a visit to this area guarantees at least a quick look at the imposing Colonne de Juillet looming in the center of the massive Place de la Bastille. The “July Column” was erected in July 1840 as a symbol of the revolutionary war ten years earlier, known as “Les Trois Glorieuses.” This was a war that brought the French King Louis-Philippe to power, after a bloody conflict that caused many casualties. The column was inaugurated to commemorate his memory; A golden statue known as the “Spirit of Liberty” crowns the top.

The site is also important to revolutionary history for two other reasons. First, this is the former site of the infamous Bastille prison, which was burned down by rebels at the start of the French Revolution of 1789 and remains a potent symbol of that first uprising.

Second, the July Column was nearly destroyed during another revolt in 1871, this time the failed revolution known as the Paris Commune. Come here to enjoy how far France has come from that tumultuous period, before heading out into the narrow lanes beyond the square to explore the wider neighborhood.

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Admire the Opera Bastille (and take a guided tour)

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Place de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France

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+33892 89 90 90

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The gleaming steel and glass building that dominates the Place de la Bastille is home to the National Opera, an important landmark for anyone interested in art, culture and architecture. Opened in 1989 and designed by Carlos Ott, the Opera Bastille is worth admiring, both inside and out.

If time permits, consider taking a guided tour of the theater and backstage area to marvel at its elaborate design, all designed to produce acoustic consistency and beautiful sound. And if you are an opera fan, why not buy tickets to an upcoming performance and enjoy the site to the fullest? From Verdi to Berlioz to Mozart, the opera season offers many options for music lovers.

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Browse the boutiques and shops on Rue de Charonne

If you’re in the mood to shop or buy gifts, head east from Place de la Bastille to Rue de Charonne, where you can browse or window-shop some of the best boutiques in the area.

On this decidedly trendy street, new designers sell men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. You’ll also find home jewelry and design stores, art bookstores, an old-school record store, and artisan workshops, all dotted with cool cafes and sprawling terraces.

We especially recommend Repetto (20 rue de Charonne), famous for its ballet shoes and fashionable footwear designs for women, as well as for quality leather accessories; Patate Records (57 rue de Charonne), a peculiar supplier of new and old vinyl; and Sessun (34 rue de Charonne), a modern concept store that also includes a section dedicated to artisan jewelry and designer objects made by local artists.

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Sample local produce at a nearby food market

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Rue d’Aligre et, Place d’Aligre, 75012 Paris, France

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The area around the Bastille is an ideal place to try delicious French traditional local products and sweets. In addition to the bustling outdoor food market that runs down Boulevard Richard-Lenoir twice a week (Thursday and Sunday from approximately 8:00 am to 3:00 pm), there is another market within a few minutes’ walk that is loved by the locals. : the Marché d’Aligre.

Known as one of the best markets in the city, it is actually made up of two: an open-air strip that runs along the busy Rue d’Aligre, flanked by high-quality bakeries, butchers, cheese shops and wine bars; and a covered market called Marché Beauvau. Both have vendors selling produce, cheeses, fresh flowers, fish, breads, and other traditional goodies that are delicious to look at – and eat, of course! For tips on how to enjoy this market to the fullest and some visual inspiration, check out our full guide. You can reach the market from Bastille or Ledru-Rollin metro stops.

Opening Hours: The outdoor market is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm The Marché Beauvau covered market is open on Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm It is also open from 9:00 am to 1 pm and from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturdays, and from 9 am: 00 am to 1:30 pm on Sundays.

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Stroll for a walk on the ground

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1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 París, Francia

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Little known to tourists, the Promenade Plantée (literally “planted promenade”) is a mile-long path built on top of a defunct Parisian railway and lined with colorful flowers and plants. The world’s first above-ground park, it offers interesting and elegant views of Parisian rooftops and architectural details, and is a very pleasant walk.

Go up from the dedicated entrances via the stairs that are located a few meters to the right of the Bastille Opera , on Rue de Lyon. From there, meander through charming green trellises, admire strange street art, gaze at statues that adorn the graceful buildings that line the path, and stop for a picnic in the extensive gardens of the Jardin de Reuilly.

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Eat a delicious chocolate at Alain Ducasse

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40 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris, France

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+33 1 48 05 82 86

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Michelin-starred French chef Alain Ducasse is also a master chocolatier, offering everything from crunchy pralines to creamy ganaches to rich dark chocolate bars in his many boutiques around the city.

If you’re craving something indulgently gourmet after a meal or a long walk, pop into the delicious shop on Rue de la Roquette for some high-quality sweets. This is also a great place to shop for gifts in the area.

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Drink cocktails at a secret “speakeasy”

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5 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris, France

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+33 9 50 73 12 99

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The Bastille area is, as mentioned above, one of the best places for nightlife in the capital, and this extends to speakeasy-style cocktail bars. Moonshiner is a throwback spot with dim lighting, vintage furniture, and knowledgeable bar staff combining creative house cocktails as well as a great selection of whiskeys and other quality beverages.

Head to Da Vito’s pizzeria on Rue de Sedaine and head back to access the bar, or enjoy a pizza out front before retiring to the bar for an after-dinner drink or two.

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Dance in a local club, from Latin to hip-hop

Last but not least, energy permitting, enjoy an exciting drink near the Bastille. The area is packed with bars and clubs, and is one of the best places in the city for nightlife.

You have many options, but we recommend a few: La Balajo (9 rue de Lappe) is coveted for its nights of Latin dance, salsa and Cuban music, while Le Red House (1 bis, rue de la Forge Royale) is a bar and Texas-themed hip-hop-kitsch-themed club where DJs play eclectic ensembles, from hip-hop and electro to indie rock.

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