Bastille Paris Tour and meeting with a woodworker

In the early 18th century, over 500 carpenters and cabinet maker shops thrived in the area. A meeting is organized with one of the last woodcraftsman in his  workshop.

  • Location: Paris 11
  • Duration: 2h
  • Access by Public Transport: Bréguet Sabin (Metro line 5)
  • Language: English


This visit starts near Bastille square. Passing through the small streets around the plaza, the visit will reveal numerous courtyards and passages of the Bastille area, formerly occupied by artisan woodworkers.

The handful of workshops that still exist are often hidden, and the collection of courtyards and passages, while often renovated and occupied by new businesses, still maintain an undeniable charm and often show traces of the past. Some now have very unique and creative uses.
This tour takes you on a surprising walk, often leading through quiet streets in an otherwise lively district, revealing the courtyards and passages of the Bastille.

The district progressively expanded around the Royal Abbey of Saint Antoine des Champs. But the heart of its activity developed when artisan woodworkers set up shop in the area. At the beginning of the 18th century, more than 500 carpentry and cabinet-making shops prospered in the district thanks to the demands of the royalty and the abbey.

There were many lively areas due to the large number of workers, and demonstrations and frequent riots also contributed to the district animated reputation, which has endured for more than 200 years now.

Traditional woodworking still exists in the district although the artisans have become more and more scarce.
The tour invites you to encounter this glorious past through the rare artisans who still have workshops hidden amidst charming courtyards and passages.

This guided tour is conducted in english.


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