11th Arrondissement

The heart of Paris has shifted east, and you can find it beating wildly in the city’s most densely populated neighborhood. Just next to the lively Marais neighborhood, the Eleventh offers fabulous small restaurants (with new ones popping up every week), along with curated cocktail bars and an abundance of live music. At Bastille you can find a bustling party scene with anything from rock gigs to clubs. As you move east to Oberkampf, La Roquette or Faidherbe, you’ll find authentic, lively neighborhoods where the locals know exactly where to eat, drink and shop at some of the best cocktail bars, restaurants, and indie shops in the city.

Oberkampf / Folie Méricourt

This is the most punk-rock part of the 11th. Any­thing from night clubs to wine bars and cor­ner bistros, to small local restau­rants and dives can be found here. Locals, tourists, stu­dents (and our exes…) flock here for a night out, a bomb AF din­ner, or some hip­ster­gas­mic shop­ping. For rest­ing in the sun the day after all that par­ty­ing, noth­ing beats pret­ty Square Gardette and the cute streets sur­round­ing one of Paris’ most loved, local pocket-parks.

Bastille / Arsenal / Roquette

Clos­est to the Marais, Bastille is the most com­mer­cial part of the 11th, espe­cial­ly the area imme­di­ate­ly sur­round­ing Place de la Bastille. Rue de Lappe, for instance, is par­ty cen­tral and a bit too, shall we say, ine­bri­at­ed. For that real arty/industrial vibe we love to love in the 11th, head instead to rue Keller, rue de Charonne, rue Bas­froi, rue Popin­court, rue Gode­froy Cavaignac and all the dis­creet­ly cozy cob­ble­stoned alley­ways and pas­sages inter­twined throughout.

Faidherbe / Charonne / Aligre

Not a quar­ter most tourists know about, quarti­er Faid­herbe has almost every­thing much more famous areas like the Marais do, though more com­pact­ly and with about 1000 few­er blasé trend­sluts milling about per square yard. OK. it’s not as BEAUTIFUL as the Marais: there are zero hôtels par­ti­c­uliers (state­ly for­mer man­sions from the 1700s) to swoon at, and no dreamy, man­i­cured secret gar­dens to day­dream in, but it holds its own with an authen­tic mid­dle-class Parisian vibe and its indus­tri­al je-ne-sais-quoi. The quar­ter revolves around the pret­ty « gold­en tri­an­gle » com­prised with­in Rues Paul Bert, Chanzy and Jean Macé, with neigh­bor­ing rues Faid­herbe, Forge Royale, Saint-Bernard, Trousseau, and Charonne also filled with great places to eat, shop and drink.