Paris’ 11th arrondissement – La Bastille district is a popular area of the city and one which is bursting with an array of must see sights and attractions, including the famous Place de la Bastille, the charming Edith Piaf Museum and the incredible Père Lachaise Cemetery. Below you will find our most popular La Bastille apartments, which come in a range of sizes and budgets to suit your needs, and a link to all apartments in the 11th arrondissement.
Most popular La Bastille apartments
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A fine collection of food stores noted here can be found within easy reach of many of our La Bastille apartments, providing an array of both local and international produce. If you prefer to take a break from dining within our self-catering apartments, we have also created a list of hugely popular restaurants which are situated within the area.
The 11th arrondissement is situated in the very heart of the city centre immediately to the east of the central islands in the Seine. The area has become one of the chicest neighbourhoods in Paris sporting some extremely trendy cafes, restaurants, shopping opportunities, galleries and nightlife. To the west you will find the Place de la République with its giant Egyptian obelisk standing proud. Meanwhile the beautiful tree-lined Boulevard Richard-Lenoir travels easterly across the district and is famous for its large markets and a handful of children’s parks.
The district played a vital role in French history since it was the site of the infamous Bastille state prison which was stormed by a crowd in 1789 in the French Revolution becoming an important symbol for the French Republican movement. It was later eventually demolished and replaced by the Place de Bastille, a city plaza which technically straddles the 4th and 12th arrondissements as well as the 11th. This and the immediate surrounding area are generally referred to as the Bastille. The later July Revolution that took place here in 1830 is commemorated by the beautiful Colonne de Juillet (July Column) which stands at the centre of the square. Many concerts and city events are held within the plaza as well as political demonstrations in line with the area’s notable history.
An interesting museum within the district that is not so well known is the Edith Piaf Museum. The singer who’s famously warbly songs ‘La Vie en Rose’ and ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’ earned her a place in music history spent her youth in the neighbourhood. This private museum is located in an apartment belonging to a friend of Piaf’s who has written several biographies on her. Basically this is a shrine to her memory and you will discover all kinds of memorabilia tracing her life story from dresses, gold discs, photos, private letters and even a giant teddy bear that belonged to her. The museum is accessed via four flights of stairs so it may not be for everyone. You will also need to call ahead to receive the door entry code in order to get in the front door. This has to be possibly the smallest, most unique and intimate museum in the city. If you are a truly dedicated fan then you might like to travel east to the 20th arrondissement where you will find her final resting place in the incredible Père Lachaise Cemetery. Whilst you are here, why not pay your respects to other historic celebrities including Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde? Hundreds of thousands of international visitors come here every year to explore this intrinsic and rather beautiful piece of Parisian history.
Other locations of note within the 11th arrondissement are the Bastille metro station where you can see actual segments of the original Bastille’s foundations on display, a section of the delightful Canal Saint Martin and the famous Bastille Opera. There also exists a rather unusual museum dedicated to the history of smoking around the world as well as the rather beautiful St Ambroise Church which has a delightful little public garden to enjoy. The north easterly area of the Bastille is particularly busy at night time with its numerous late night bars, clubs and live music venues.
Many more must see sights and attractions are also located within the 11th arrondissement of Paris, making it an area worthy of exploring from one of our La Bastille apartments.
All of these must see sights and attractions are waiting to be explored and can be found within close proximity to many of our La Bastille apartments.
Place de la Bastille. Paris, France.