Paris: Bd de la Bastille!

I have done several or a few posts on the streets of Paris, (see posts) a passion for me when working in the city and living nearby that has continue over the years visiting from the Morbihan breton. I have said repeately that to get there I used the car for personal choice or the train TGV for business purposes. However, once in the city, I let my legs do the walking and soak in the architecture and history of my eternal Paris. I encourage you to do the same.

Now, here are my serie on the streets of Paris with some personalised streets favorites of mine over the years.  Let me start with the boulevard de la Bastille, where I car parked for walks and night time entertainment! Hope you enjoy it.

Boulevard de la Bastille is a street in the 12éme arrondissement (see my post on 20 arrondissements or districts) and the quartier Quinze-Vingts (see my post on 80 quartiers or neighborhoods) following the Arsenal marina or Port de l’Arsenal. The name of Boulevard de la Bastille is due to the vicinity of Place de la Bastille. It is one of my fav spots for parking when in the city on personal visits.


The bd is 705 meters long, it begins at the pont de Morland bridge / Quai de la Rapée and ends at Place de la Bastille. It is divided into 52 building numbers. This boulevard is served at the start by Quai de la Rapée station, metro line 5 , and at its end by Bastille station for metro lines 1, 5 and 8. This route overlooks the port of Arsenal.

The other than nice day walks in the area my main attraction here is the night time bar hopping that is awesome and great diversity of places even foreign to get a taste of the world. The activity picks up after the Place de la Bastille and the colonne de Juillet right into boulevard Beaumarchais, be aware this is very close to Place des Vosges..!

A bit of history I like:

This road was initially called the chemin et rue de la Contrescarpe-Saint-Antoine, name which had been given to it because of the proximity of the enclosure of Charles V. This boulevard is the rectification of the rue des Portes-Saint-Antoine, which existed around 1605, which bore the name boulevard de la Contrescarpe and which was aligned by ordinance of 1844, before taking its current name in 1898. Between the Nos. 70 and 72 of the boulevard de la Contrescarpe was the cour de la Juiverie. It is indicated that the cour de la Juiverie was built around 1632 and that it was located in the old 8éme arrondissement in 1812. The numbers of the cour were in black, the last odd number was number 7, and the last even number was No. 16. This cour was named after the Jews who lived there.

Some of the things to see or enjoy here that are just my favorites amongst many are the Les Grande Marches resto, the Café Français a nice brasserie under new management but still looking good, of course the Opéra Bastille, by the quai de la Rapée there is a nice garden overlooking the Seine river, real Paris! the boat scenes on the Port de l’Arsenal is romantic specially at night when I am usually by there and there is another nice garden ,and the Le Grand Bleu for seafood specialty , and there is public toilette just facing the colonne de juillet on place de la Bastille!  You have a wonderful market Bastille on Bd Richard Lenoir as well. Right on Beaumarchais you get into the Pedra Alta portuguese resto, Bistrot des Vosges, Les Cyclades, greek resto, and of course my totally fav Cuba Compagnie Café corner of rue Chemin Vert! You will be glad to be back! Oh if  you are daring road warrior with big city experience than my parking is at Indigo Bastille ,info: Parking Bastille 53 bd de la Bastille


No webs you know the tourist office of Paris and the city of Paris has many works going on around this area and supposely opening in first quarter of 2020 but;;;we had a wuhan problem so need to check if all is done. More in French here: City of Paris on works around Place de la Bastille

Hope  you enjoy the walk and night outs in my eternal Paris. Bd de la Bastille and the areas around Place de la Bastille are very nice indeed.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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