Counting the Quinze-Vingts
From the Colonne de Juillet on the Bastille square to the Aligre market and its dynamic authenticity, from the shadows of narrow passages to the surprising labour courtyards that are so typical of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, dive into the often-overlooked and discreet district of the Quinze-Vingts (literaly meaning “Fifteen-Twenty”). Despite its mysterious arithmetic name, the district remains one of the most dynamic in Paris, and certainly one of the most important in the history of the capital, both for its human and industrial revolutions! Don’t be surprised then if this unique guided walk within the former “faubourg du meuble” –the carpenter’s district– makes you come across an elephant that never really fitted the room, black musketeers playing dice and a former railway used as a reference for a famous New-York park!
Follow TheWaysBeyond in the small streets of the Quinze-Vingts, looking for a bit of history or a bite of French gastronomy, as the district is full of internationally recognized restaurants, as well as a historical food market, well-known for its specific and authentic atmosphere, so Parisian!
The walk preferably takes place in the morning to be able to end up in the food market before closing time, and where your guide will point you out some great local spots for lunch!
Highlights of your guided tour:
– Discover the history of the Bastille, from Revolution to evolution;
– Venture into the cobbled courtyards hidden in the belly of the faubourg Saint-Antoine;
– Follow a green former railway line turned into one the most beautiful gardens in Paris;
– Have a taste at French authenticity in one of Paris’s oldest market!
TheWaysBeyond is a signatory to the Caring Attitude charter of the Paris Tourist Office.
In this sense, the guided walking tour “A Hidden Paris at Faubourg Saint-Antoine” complies with current health and safety instructions, with the guide wearing a face mask and respecting physical distancing practices and other government-recommended preventive measures.
Participants are asked to please wear a mask and respect physical distancing practices when walking together on the tour.