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.