Due to the train strike, we could not give this area the full attention it deserved, it was on the outer reaches of our walking capability, however were were impressed with what we saw. Place de la Bastille, symbol of the revolution, with its impressive monument, a busy area…
This is one of the most beautiful spots in Paris...I felt safe and the parks, gardens and access to public transport was outstanding. Was very central and not far from the airport really.... Loved the cafes and eateries in the area.
I should qualify this...I love the area near Place de la Republique for the cafes and simple restaurants. Also near Place Bastille. The area also has Gare de Lyon and the fund stuff by Parc Bercy, like the Cinemateque.
I have spent many holidays/weekends at an apartment we rent at the Bastille. There are some lovely bars/restaurants for the older set and some great clubs and bars on the Rue de Lappe for the younger! There is a great Sundaymarket, Aligre Market, food and antiques, near to one…
Several neighborhoods in the 11th are full of bars and restaurants with terraces attracting the hipsters who spend hours sitting drinking a smoking. Come and feel the vibe. Also explore the old alleys where the artisans used to have live/work spaces, now full of cool hip…