Originally the site of a prison that was famously stormed in the eighteenth century, marking the beginning of the French Revolution, the Bastille neighborhood now teems with bars lined up one after the other, as well as tons of late-night pizza and the ubiquitous Paris falafel stands.
These days, a trendy younger crowd of hipsters, international students, and working-class types typically storm from Bastille bar to Bastille bar, whose diverse vibes and affordable prices help keep the action going all night. A few upscale yet inviting dance clubs and lounges that attract a more dressed-up crowd are located along nearby Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
Several metro stops away but still in the 11th arrondissement is Oberkampf, another busy area that offers a diverse selection of bars and cafés with different themes and a steady stream of people flowing from place to place.
The primarily Parisian crowd is mostly made up of trendy hipsters, bohemians, and alternative tattooed types who fill the hip cafés, grungy-hip bars, and music venues with a buzz of activity late into the night.
Oberkampf’s slightly edgy vibe is reflected in the graffiti that covers walls and storefronts throughout the neighborhood and that adds to the area’s funkier, grittier environment.
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