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Explore the Bastille Neighborhood

July column at the Place de la Bastille in Paris

A Guided Walking Tour Full of French History & Food

This walking tour takes you to Paris’s 12th Arrondissement, where your local guides will teach you about the history of this revolutionary hotbed and also immerse you in the local life of today.

2-8 people
2 hours


Explore the Bastille Neighborhood

A Guided Walking Tour Full of French History & Food

Our Gift Certificates are valid for 2 people for 1 year

Follow Frederic and Nikki of TheWaysBeyond down the small streets of the Quinze-Vingts, an often-overlooked part of the Bastille neighborhood that’s as interesting as its oddly arithmetic name — quinze-vingts translates to fifteen twenties, or 15 x 20.

Packed with things to see — from the July Column at the Place de la Bastille to the Aligre Market, from narrow passages to seemingly endless courtyards of the historic working-class residences typical of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine — this area definitely deserves an in-depth exploration.

One of the most dynamic districts of Paris today, the Quinze-Vingts (pronounced cans-van) is also one of the most important in the history of the capital as it was a center of revolutions — both social and industrial.

But this neighborhood isn’t just for fans of history. It’s also ideal for foodies. The streets around Bastille are full of internationally recognized restaurants as well as a historical food market, Marché d’Aligre, known for its unique and authentic atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a bit of French history or a bite of French gastronomy, you’ll find your fill here.

Meet Your Local Guide

Although neither Nikki nor Frederic were born in Paris, they have both developed a true passion for their adopted home. As TheWaysBeyond, the duo proposes unique activities for small groups of curious travelers and locals alike.

Activity Details

  • Meeting Point: By the Opera Bastille. To be confirmed during registration.
  • Tour Schedule: Thursday-Saturday mornings
  • Price: 220€
  • Accessibility: This tour is not easily accessible to persons with reduced mobility.
  • Please be on time or inform Frederic & Nikki of any problem!

Interested in this unique Parisian experience?

Click below to send us a quick reservation request with your preferred dates and times. Your guide will get back to you shortly to schedule your activity and provide payment details.