doesn’t get much cooler than this den-like bar with wood panelling and
flowered wallpaper. Though not listed on the menu, cocktails are a
in one of Henri IV’s former mansions, pop art and Oriental decor form a
backdrop for some of the city’s most fashionable soirées.
Vast Cuban-themed club on three floors – tapas, restaurant and great music.
venerable concert hall attracts international artists as well as
household French names. The adjoining bar provides beer and meals.
A shabby-chic bar cum nightclub with cheap drinks, friendly staff, a cool crowd and funky DJs. It is open on Sundays.
Café de l’Industrie
fashionable and sizeable café has three rooms where the walls are lined
with paintings and old-fashioned artifacts. The food is cheap but
pretty good, and the later it gets the better the buzz .
Le Clown Bar
its name suggests, clown-related clutter fills this fashionable, arty
hangout. The wine list is excellent and the staff knowledgeable.
This is a must for lovers of rare film music, the Rolling Stones and Iggy Pop, with hip tunes and the cheapest beer in Bastille.
Le Square Trousseau
This bistro was one of the first media watering holes when the Bastille became chic a few years ago.
Hip bar, club and restaurant open until the small hours.
Places to Eat
finest service matching the finest of food. Renowned wine list, and the
chocolate tart is out of this world. Reserve in advance.
9 pl des Vosges, 75004
01 42 78 51 45
One of Paris’s best Italian restaurants. Their carpaccio is highly rated, as is the tiramisù.
5 rue St-Gilles, 75003
01 42 71 05 80
No disabled access
La Guirlande de Julie
Owned by Claude Terrail of the Tour d’Argent, this delightful restaurant offers haute cuisine at affordable prices.
25 pl des Vosges, 75003
01 48 87 94 07
Au Vieux Chêne
down a side street, this atmospheric bistro is a treat. Expect updated
French classics such as bacon-wrapped monkfish with white beans.
7 rue Dahomey, 75011
01 43 71 67 69
Closed Sun, Aug
Contemporary French dishes, such as venison, polenta, dried figs and dandelion leaves, in a relaxing neo-Art Deco setting.
29 rue de Cotte, 75012
01 43 47 47 05
Open Tue–Sat, Sun L
Traditional Yiddish home cooking and a famous Sunday brunch can be found in this delightful restaurant.
7 rue Caron, 75004
01 42 77 46 15
Le Baron Rouge
Cold meats and cheese platters are served in an authentic setting by the Aligre Market.
This old bistro has a fairly simple menu but it is always delicious. Book ahead.
Set in a former butcher’s shop, this Argentinian restaurant mixes retro design with the best steaks in Paris.
15 rue Paul Bert, 75011
01 43 67 68 08
L’As du Fallafel
Undoubtedly the best fallafel joint. The “special” with fried aubergine and spicy sauce is a must.