Bastille – Nation

    This East Paris neighborhood on the Right Bank of the Seine hosts two major shrines to the French Revolution: Bastille, a quartier that owes its name to the fortress stormed by Parisian rioters in 1789, effectively starting the Revolution; and the Place de la Nation, formerly called Place du Trône, where guillotines busily chopped off heads and where a massive allegorical statue, “Le Triomphe de la République”, stands today. Little remains from this turmoiled Revolutionary past, except maybe for the demonstrations that often take place between these two landmarks.

    Today, the neighborhood is best-known for its active nightlife, the Opéra Bastille, a modern opera house built to mark the 200th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and the Promenade Plantée (also known as the Coulée Verte), an elevated park walkway that sits atop the train line, stretching eastward and splitting the district in two.

    Bastille – Nation Neighborhood, Paris.

My life in the Neighborhood

Whenever we're in the mood to scream or sing while watching a soccer game, my friends and I head to a small dive bar on Rue de la Roquette. The beer flies whenever France scores and the rowdy crowd stands during the entire match, chanting silly, somewhat rude songs.

The first time I went I was so pleasantly surprised - tons of bars around Paris say they show the matches but it's very rarely with sound and generally nobody's really paying attention to the games. Here though, I felt almost like I was at the stadium, cheering on "Les Bleus" and quickly joining in with the songs. The atmosphere's electric, and not for the faint of heart.

These hole-in-the-walls are easy to come by near Bastille, with tons of bars and live music venues lining the streets around Rue de Lappe and Rue de la Roquette. This part of town isn't trendy or even pretty, but it's down-to-earth and full of energy, especially at night.

By Alesa    
  • Paris Place de la Bastille
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Neighborhood Staples

  • Admire the modern Opéra Bastille which overlooks the bustling Place de la Bastille

  • Viaduc des Arts Shops

    Window shop at the Viaduc des Arts, then climb the steps to the left of the parking garage to reach the Coulée Verte

  • Walk along the elevated park all the way from Bastille to Daumesnil and beyond 

  • Grab some food to-go and bring it to the Bassin de l'Arsenal to enjoy lunch by the water


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