Although the famous fortress and prison might have long since departed from the area, its historic role makes Bastille one of the most historic areas in Paris and one of the most politically symbolic places on the continent. Bastille is an excellent choice for those who want to rent a second home in Paris, with various things to do, boho boutique shopping, and affordable yet good restaurants.
Bastille is home to some must-visit Parisian restaurants, including Jean Yves of Chef Jean-Yves’ Table where you can dine with the local chef. JJ Beaumarchais is an ideal spot for vegan and vegetarian delicacies, or you can head to Patchanka for an Argentinian barbecue experience. Les Cuivres is a top spot for traditional French and European cuisine, or you can enjoy a traditional Scottish pub experience in Paris at The Highlander.
There’s something to suit all tastes in this area of Paris. Head to Parc Zoologique de Paris to spend a day with the animals or check out the history of smoking at Le Musee du Fumeur. Opera Bastille is a great place to watch a theatre show or play, or you can explore the many concept stores and eccentric boutiques in the area including Merci, which donates all profits to a Madagascan women and children’s charity. Of course, you can’t go to Bastille without visiting the historic Place de la Bastille, at the once-site of the Bastille Prison, with the Genie de la Libertie marking the 1830 Revolution.
Bastille is well-connected with the wider city of Paris on the Metro Line 1. Bastille Metro Station offers connections to various areas of Paris including Gare de Lyon, Charles de Gaulle Etoile, Champs-Elysees-Clemenceau, Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre, and more. There are various train and tram lines running on Metro Line 1.