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These three Paris arrondissements, which form an arc on the east side of the central Paris arrondissements, are often a low-priority destination for visitors.
10th, 11th & 12th Arrondissements:
An Eastern Arc
And that's a shame, because there's a lot to see in these large residential Paris arrondissements.
The 10th hosts Canal Saint-Martin, which connects the waterways northeast of Paris to the Seine. It's an up-and-coming neighborhood: hip, young, trendish. It's also where you'll find three of the major trains stations of Paris and a couple of our favorite restaurants.
The 11th Arrondissement borders on the Marais and on the Père-Lachaise Cemetery, where many famous people are buried. (Where else can you talk about Oscar Wilde, Molière and Jim Morrison in the same breath?)
The 11th & 12th Paris arrondissements share Bastille, with its historical place and modern opera house. The 12th extends east to the Paris city limits and includes Gare de Lyon (for those heading to the south of France), the thriving Bercy neighborhood, and the very famous market street Rue d'Aligre.
Take a different Paris cruise! Traverse down the urban canals built by Napoleon in the 1800s, pass under Place de la Bastille, meander past the monuments of Paris and emerge onto the Seine.
On this illuminating Paris walk, you'll discover the events that led up to the storming of the Bastille, the capture of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, and the bloody results of the guillotine.
Bercy, in the 12th, is a former warehouse area once famous for its wine storage. In recent years there's been a renaissance in culture and trade. Don't miss the linear, modern and pleasing Parc de Bercy.
Bonus: Bercy station is on the ultra-cool Metro Line 14.
Walking Tour of Bercy Map »
This modern home for the Paris opera was built on the site of the Bastille prison to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. We've found an easy way to book Paris Bastille Opera tickets online.
The Museum of Cinema celebrates the French love of film with thousands of posters, drawings, photos and films. The museum was designed by the celebrated architect Frank Gehry.
51 Rue de Bercy, 75012
Free Entrance with the Paris Pass »
A must-see if you're interested in food. Go native at this vibrant open air market and one of the last covered markets in Paris. There's a vast selection of cheeses, poultry, roasted pig on a spit, shoes and sausages.
East of Bastille, between Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine and
Rue de Charenton, 75012. Map »
This tree-lined walkway follows an abandoned railway line. Starting just behind Opera Bastille, it rises 30 feet above ground to afford a great view. Beneath its arches are shops filled with impressive arts and crafts. From Bastille walk south on Rue de Lyon, turn left on Avenue Daumesnil and you'll find stairs climbing up the the walkway.
Promenade Map ».
25 Rue du Grand Prieure, 75011
There's a zen-like vibe at the Gabriel. The clean, modern rooms are decorated in a white-on-white palette and the minibar offers antioxidant drinks and teas. It's an easy walk to the Marais.
Source For Best Rates Online – Hotel Gabriel »
31/33 Rue de Saint-Quentin, 75010
This friendly hotel is located near the Beaux-Arts train station, Gare du Nord. Travelers rave about the good value for money, clean rooms and proximity to major attractions.
Reviews & Best Rates – Hotel Gare du Nord »
36 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011
This Canal Saint Martin affordable hotel features a rooftop terrace, garden and a library. It's just steps from the Metro with easy access to the Marais, Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est.
Source For Best Rates Online – Hotel Marais Bastille »
3 Rue Trousseau, 75011
This budget Bastille-area hotel has everything you need: a comfortable bed and duvet, a big desk, Internet, and a modern bathroom with a shower or tub. Located in a vibrant area.
Reviews & Best Rates – Ibis Paris Bastille St-Antoine »
42 Rue Amelot, 75011
This affordable boutique hotel has been recently renovated and the rooms have been given a modern touch with vibrant colors and state-of-the-art amenities.
Source For Best Rates Online – Bastille de Launay Hotel »
131 Rue Charonne, 75011
This charming affordable hotel is located between Place de la Bastille, and the Père Lachaise cemetery. Weather permitting, breakfast is served in the outdoor terrace.
Reviews & Best Rates – Classics Hotel Bastille »
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