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Bastille

Place de la Bastille, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75004

The Basics

Due to its historical significance, the Bastille district is an integral part of many Paris city tours, although specialized excursions that focus solely on the Bastille arrondissement are also available. Highlights of artistic Bastille include the Viaduc des Arts, a modern version of an old Paris viaduct; Port de l'Arsenal; and Opera Bastille, which you can explore on a guided tour.

However, one of the best ways to absorb the culture and French history is on a food tour—feast on French delicacies and sample wines at Marche d'Aligre market, browse shops selling charcuterie and cheese, and stroll along Promenade Plantee.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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This tour was great. The guide...
Joanne K, Apr 2016
Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour
This tour was great. The guide Solene was both knowledgeable and friendly , from seeing the back alleys and having coffee and pastries, visiting the Marche D'Aligre along with all the different art along the walk made this one of the best experiences I've had....I would highly recommend this tour.
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This tour was incredible! I highly...
sherrel816, Mar 2015
Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour
This tour was incredible! I highly recommend it to both first time visitors to Paris as well as those who have visited before. My guide was professional, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the areas and shops we visited. I learned many new things about Paris!
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This is a fabulous tour especially...
Joanne K, Apr 2016
Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour
This is a fabulous tour especially if you want to experience Paris like a local....my tour guide Solene is a wonderful ... I felt like I was walking Paris with a friend?... I loved every minute of it.... From the coffee and pastry, the hidden laneways, the visit to the market and Solenes commentary along the way .... Well worth it....
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Solene was terrific! While this is...
Carol R, Dec 2016
Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour
Solene was terrific! While this is touted to be a food tour best candy, bread, pastry, coffee in the area, since we were the only couple on this particular day, Solene accommodated our interests. As art is our main interest, she took us to a flea market that we never would have found on our own, took us to artisan workshop areas, and taught us about the French and European standard and quality certificates found on shop windows. She was most personable and generous with her time, staying as long as possible before her next tour. We definitely gained from her knowledge. Highly recommended!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A Bastille tour is ideal for history and food lovers.

  • The neighborhood is most often visited on half-day walking tours of Paris.

  • Book a tour of Opera Bastille in advance to see the opera house's interior.

  • The Bastille neighborhood is mostly accessible to wheelchair users, but some of the attractions might not be.

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How to Get There

Reach the Bastille neighborhood by car, train, or metro with ease—the Bastille metro station is serviced by Line 5. Walking to the Bastille district along the banks of the Seine River is also a pleasant—if more time-consuming—way to arrive. Alternatively, make your way there as part of a guided walking or Segway tour of Paris or the Bastille proper.

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When to Get There

At night, Bastille comes to life with an eclectic mix of swanky wine bars, raucous taverns, atmospheric jazz clubs, and cutting-edge cocktail bars. Begin your evening with fine French fare at an intimate bistro and end your night dancing among Parisians. Or, visit by day to soak up the neighborhood's history.

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Bastille Day

A French celebration established to commemorate the storming of the Bastille in 1789 by Parisian revolutionaries, Bastille Day—or la Fête Nationale in French—is one of France's major national holidays. Now, Bastille Day is celebrated with one of Europe's largest regular military parades and the Louvre even offers free admission. Expect large crowds, of course.

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