Right bank, Opéra, Bastille
For many years, this quartier seemed to sink lower and lower into poverty and decay, overcrowded by working-class immigrants from the far reaches of the former French Empire. However its proximity with the up and coming 12th is improving this arrondisement as a popular residential area
The opening of the Opéra Bastille, however, has given the 11th new hope and new life. The facility, called the "people's opera house," stands on the landmark place de la Bastille, where on July 14, 1789, 633 Parisians stormed the fortress and seized the ammunition depot, as the French Revolution swept across the city. Over the years, the prison held Voltaire, the Marquis de Sade, and the mysterious "Man in the Iron Mask."
Even when the district wasn't fashionable, visitors flocked to Bofinger, at 5-7 rue de la Bastille, to sample its Alsatian choucroute.
Cirque d'Hiver, 110 Rue Amelot, 75011
Place de la Bastille, 75004,75011, 75012
Place de la Nation, 75011 & 75012
Place de la République, 75003, 75010, 75011
Place des Antilles, blvd de Charonne, 75011