Paris’s Funky 11th Arrondissement

Located on the Right Bank, Paris’s densely populated 11th arrondissement is home to the well-known Place de la Bastille and the fashionable Faubourg Saint-Antoine. The latter is an area characterized by cafés, restaurants, nightlife, boutiques and galleries. Rue Oberkampf, replete with gritty Parisian charm, is the place to go to mingle with locals in funky, casual eating and drinking establishments.

Metro stops: Ledru-Rollin, Bastille, Belleville and Oberkampf are some of the largest and most commonly used metro stops in the 11th arrondissement.

What to do in Paris’s 11th Arrondissement

Cirque d’Hiver
Cirque d’Hiver was built in 1852 and was originally intended as a theater in which circus acts were performed during the winter months. Today the venue is used as a concert hall and a space for fashion shows.
110 rue Amelot
75011 Paris
Tel: +33 01 47 00 28 81

Musée Edith Piaf
This charming museum is dedicated to one of France’s most famous songbirds. Open by appointment only; 1pm – 6pm, Mon – Thu. Admission is free.
5 rue Crespin du Gast
Métro Ménilmontant
Tel +33 1 43 55 52 72

Maison des métallos , open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
Maison des métallos is a cutting-edge, eclectic art gallery and performance art space.
94 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud

Where to shop in the 11th Arrondissement

There are a variety of trendy shops in the 11th that cater to the area’s young, multicultural residents.

Distribution is the place to go for trendy wear for infants and kids. Check out their pajamas, tee-shirts, and onesies customized message or design of your choice.
108 avenue Ledru-Rollin
Métro: Ledru-Rollin
Tel: +33 1 48 04 30 38

Sissi Holleis
Sissi Holleis, located just off of Rue Oberkampf, is a women’s and children’s clothing store that also carries vintage accessories.
3 Rue de Nemours

Nuits de Satin
Nuits de Satin offers women’s vintage dresses, shoes, handbags and a large collection of vintage fur.
9 Rue Oberkampf

No. 44-II
No. 44-II is an artsy boutique with clothing for men and women, including  brand name sneakers (Adidas, Vans, etc.) and funky jewelry.
59 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Metro: Parmentier

Markets in Paris 11th Arrondissement

There are a variety of open-air markets in the 11th. Here is a list of the largest ones:

Marché Belleville
On Boulevard de Belleville’s central walkway –
Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Metro: Belleville

Marché Charonne
Begins at 129 Boulevard de Charonne and moves up toward Rue Alexandre Dumas –
Hours: Wednesday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Saturday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Alexandre Dumas

Marché Bastille
On Boulevard Richard Lenoir, Between Rue Amelot and Rue St-Sabin –
Hours: Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Metro: Bastille

Marché Père-Lachaise
On Boulevard de Ménilmontant, between Rue Panoyaux and Rue des Cendriers –
Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm
Metro: Ménilmontant

Marché Popincourt
On Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, between Rue Oberkampf and Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud –
Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm.
Metro: Oberkampf

Written by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard for

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  1. Gary Mc Caughey says

    I am attending the Paris motor show on the 3/10/2016,Could you recomended a good 4 star hotel close by.



  2. says

    The Paris expo center is on the edge of the city. There are many convention type hotels nearby. I recommend the newly opened Mercure Novotel Suites.
    But, if it were me, I’d stay closer to the heart of Paris on or near Metro line 12, which takes you directly to the Expo center.

    A few hotels that I can recommend are the Victoria Palace ( a French style hotel with large rooms and large baths)
    and Hotel de’l Abbaye. They are about 3-4 stops from the Expo center, but in the center of Paris.


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