Bastille, Oberkampf, Parmentier – The 11th arrondissement boasts of some of the freshest addresses and richest history that Paris has to offer. From the early morning to the wee hours of the night, there is something for everyone in this corner of Paname.
To get started with some morning shopping, enjoy some fresh air while strolling the Boulevard Richard Lenoir, where you’ll find the Marché Bastille (Thursday and Sunday mornings) with prices decreasing the closer you get to Place de la Bastille. Before exploring the Père Lachaise cemetery, pass by Marché de Charonne (Wednesday and Saturday mornings) between Rue Charonne and Rue Alexandre Dumas, where you’ll find quality, fresh foods sold by friendly, intelligent merchants, all at a very lovely price!
Stop by the historic Boulangerie-Patisserie Gendra-Belkacem (28, Blvd Beaumarchais) for your daily baguette or my favorite, un croissant aux amandes. La Loge Theatre (77 rue de Charonne) is a charming space, perfect for catching a performance of either music, dance or theatre. Move your feet at Studio Harmonica (5 passage des Taillandiers) where they offer an enormous variety of dance courses from classical ballet to belly dancing to yoga. Looking for your next read? Try Attica (106 Blvd Richard Lenoir) for a book in English, or any other language for that matter; Graphigro (207 boulevard Voltaire, Impasse Cité Voltaire) is an artists playhouse, with art mediums and materials to suit any style.
For foodies and gourmands alike, the choices are vibrant. For a classic meal around crepes, La Crêperie Bretonne, Fleurie (67 Rue de Charonne) has a tomato, chevre, walnut crêpe that simply must not be missed. For a pizza craving, L’Altra Maria (52 Rue Saint-Maur) for a cool vibe and a yummy Pizza Diavola. For mouth watering house-made delicacies such as charcuterie, bread and butter and a hip, rock-n-roll vibe Bones (43 Rue Godefroy Caviagnac) will not disappoint. Enjoy a few small plates at Le 6 Paul Bert (6 Rue Paul Bert) or a fine wine around the corner at Septime (80 Rue de Charonne).
As the night time rolls around, Le Complot (16 Rue des Trois Bornes) is a nice start for affordable drinks in a fun, kitchy atmosphere. For a relaxed meal, enjoy the terrace of Les P’tites Indécises (2 Rue des Trois Bornes). The club, Nouveau Casino (109 Rue Oberkampf), is a hot venue with a strong lineup of artist in the indie music scene. Fan of hip-hop? Twenty-One Sound Bar, (21 Rue de la Forge Royale) is a hip-hop bar dedicated mostly to old school, American hip-hop. For a cafe/venue vibe, head to 114 (114 Rue Oberkampf) or L’International (5-7 Rue Moret) for drinks and some good ol’ fashion rock-n-roll (most likely free!) and dance until the sun comes up!
What are your favorite places in Paris 11ème?