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The street started off as Rue de Lappe after the owner of gardens around here, was changed to rue Louis-Philippe in 1830, after the visit of the King, and changed back again in 1867 to its original name. During the day it is a pleasant thoroughfare but at night becomes its real reason for being, and has been since the 1880's, the nightlife. The Bretons installed themselves at first then the Auvergnats, opening their bistros where you could buy coal and wood as well as a glass of wine, known as "bougnats". In the 1930's there were no fewer than 17 dance halls installed in this street, the most famous being the "Balajo", still operating today, although as a new-age discotheque, at the same address. Many famous singers appeared here including Mistinguett and Francis Lemarque who wrote the song 'Rue de Lappe". Lemarque was actually born in this street at no. 51.
Closest metro is Bastille.
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