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Bastille - République - Le Marais

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The Carmagnole and the cannons have been silent for a very long time at the Bastille, but this district has nonetheless remained one of the liveliest in the Capital!

Map Bastille - République - Le Marais

With its Bassin de l'Arsenal and Pavillon de l'Architecture, its July Column symbolizing freedom, its ultramodern opera house and its streets that are bustling day and night, Bastille is Paris’s festive district. Action, concerts, fairs, markets, and events are constants here.

Surrounding the square, hundreds of bars offer a wide variety of musical styles and see a constant flow of customers. The most entertaining streets, Roquette or Harpe, are emblematic of the Parisian nightlife.

Further on along the Seine towards the west, is the Marais district. 

When the magnificent Place des Vosges was built in the 17th century, Parisian noblemen settled in this district where some of the most beautiful private mansions of Paris exist today (Hôtel de Sully, Hôtel des Ambassadeurs de Hollande, Nicolas Flamel’s house, etc.).

The many art galleries and trendy boutiques are the signature of the Marais, without a doubt the best-preserved historical district in Paris.

A bit further north, along the Canal Saint-Martin, lined with lovely terraces and cafés, the République district is an important traffic hub. Symbolising liberty equality and fraternity, the eponymous square has undergone recent redevelopment, becoming far more pedestrian-friendly.

The district houses contemporary art galleries as well as numerous museums, including a museum dedicated to Jewish art and history and another recounting the history of smoking (Musée du Fumeur). Well-known entertainment venues are also found in this working-class part of Paris, offering all genres, from classic theatre to jazz, from comedy to rock. The Alhambra, the Bataclan, the Caveau and the Comédie République contribute to the area’s reputation: here, you will be treated to art and entertainment until the wee hours.

Must-see sites
  • Pavillon de l'Arsenal
  • Place de la Bastille
  • Bastille Opera
  • Place des Vosges
  • Carreau du Temple
  • Square du Temple
  • Hôtel de Sully
  • The Carnavalet Museum
  • The Picasso Museum
  • Place de la République
  • La Maison rouge
  • Le musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme (Museum of Jewish Art and History)
  • The Edith Piaf Museum
  • Musée du Fumeur (Museum dedicated to smoking)