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Explore the Bastille Neighborhood

View of typical working class courtyard in Paris
© TheWaysBeyond, 2019
Experiences, Guided Tours

A Guided Walking Tour Full of French History & Food

Learn all about Paris’s 12th Arrondissement with a local guide, from its history of as a hotbed of revolution to today’s local life.

2-8 people
2 hours
English, French

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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.

Marché Aligre food market in Paris's 12th arrondissement.
Photo © TheWaysBeyond, 2019

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 Opéra Bastille. To confirm during registration.
  • Start Time(s): Thurs-Sat 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!

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