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The Hotel du Midi in Paris’ 12th arrondissement

Near the Opéra Bastille and the Place des Vosges...

Just a 10 minute walk from our hotel are the Place de la Bastille and its opera house. Inaugurated in 1989, the Opéra Bastille, designed by the Canadian-Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, plays host to operas, ballets, concerts and recitals. The Hotel du Midi, ideally located in the 12th arrondissement, is the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy one of the many performances at this opera house.

The Bastille neighbourhood doesn’t just end with the opera house, though. All around the famous Colonne de Juillet (monument to the storming of the long-gone Bastille prison), the lively streets and gardens in the Port de l’Arsenal. From the Viaduc des Arts on Avenue Daurmensil and the boutiques on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine to the bars and restaurants on Rue de Lappe and Rue de la Roquette and the cafés in the Place de la Bastille (the Café Français des Frères Costes), there are countless things to see and do at day and at night at the heart of the Bastille neighbourhood. 

Just a little bit further afield from the Place de la Bastille, you’ll discover the elegant Place des Vosges and Marais district. The Marais, which covers several neighbourhoods, is rich in history, art and culture. Discover the typically Parisian Marais lifestyle, less than 20 minutes from our hotel, then take a well-earned break in the Place des Vosges, one of Paris’ oldest and loveliest squares. After that, wander the arcades or down the paths of the central park, and admire the buildings’ lovely red-brick façades. The shops, open every day of the week (including Sundays), add to the area’s lively atmosphere. The numerous 17th and 18th century grand townhouses have been transformed into internationally renowned museums, such as the Musée Picasso, the Musée Carnavalet and the Maison de Victor Hugo.

Another must-visit just 15 minutes from the hotel is the Jardin des Plantes (Plant Garden), the historic heart of the French National Museum of Natural