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Place de la Bastille

February 27th, 2009 by paris

The Place de la Bastille, a city square that occupies sections of the 12th, 11th, and 4th arrondissements of Paris, is a lively and festive area that can easily be enjoyed on a small budget. The former site of the Bastille prison, destroyed on July 14th, 1789, Place de la Bastille is known for its many attractions that are popular with young people, such as bars, clubs, and cafes. It is easily and affordably accessible by Metro, bus, cab, and the Gare du Nord train station.

Those who wish to stay in a reasonably priced hotel that is located near the Place de la Bastille can try the Hotel Daval in the 11th arrondissement, the Castex Hotel in Marais, or the Grand Hotel Amelot, a very basic setting that offers rooms at a large discount in the summertime. Youth hostels such as the Auberge Internationale des Jeunes offer safe and convenient accommodations near the Place de la Bastille for as low as 17 euros a night.

The Marche Bastille, open on Thursdays and Sundays, is among the best food markets in the city of Paris. Featuring freshly baked breads, cheeses, meats and other foods, the Marche Bastille is the ideal place for those who wish to purchase a great deal of food at a low price. The market also features art vendors, clothing vendors, and book vendors.

The Place de la Bastille also offers an Opera House, a fun nightclub known as Wax at 15 rue Daval, and Le Petite Bofinger, an inexpensive restaurant with excellent food located at 6 rue de la Bastille. Visitors to the Place de la Bastille over the Bastille Day holiday can enjoy fireworks and dancing at various balls.

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