Bastille / Arsenal

Place de la Bastille is where ~that~ infamous prison stood, and if you’re the curious type, you’ll notice all around the square, a series of rounded metal caps set into the pavement. They indicate the outline of the prison, destroyed back in 1789. If there’s a strike or protest going on (as the French are wont to do, and often), feel free to join in to get into that real French spirit. Catch a ballet performance at the modern Opéra Bastille. Head towards the nearby Coulée Verte—a luscious park, built on top of a disused railway, and the inspiration for Manhattan’s Highline. Below it, the wide sidewalk on Avenue Daumesnil is lined with glassmakers, chocolatiers, carpenters, and other kinds of artisan shops. Nearby, don’t miss the candy-colored, bucolic little residential street called Rue Crémieux. It’s an Instagram dream come true. Just watch out for the locals who might yell at you for taking a selfie by their doorstep. Can you blame them?

Bakeries

Ladurée

Restos

Bars

Super­son­ic

Bakeries

Marché Ledru-Rollin

Avenue Ledru-Rollin
Open: Thu — 7a to 1:30p; Sat — 7a to 2:30p

Marché Saint-Éloi

36–38 Rue de Reuil­ly
Open: Thu — 7a to 1:30p; Sat — 7a to 2:30p