Where do the locals hang out in the capital? No berets, no clichés, just all the quirks and warm welcomes you want when on holiday. Here’s a selection of bars, cafés and restaurants where the true ‘parigots’ go to escape their daily routine, government guidelines allowing, bien sûr!
The Taphouse by Paname Brewing Company
Spectacularly situated in an industrial 1850s former granary on the Bassin de la Villette, Paname’s taproom has floor-to-ceiling windows and opens onto a terrace shaded by an ancient cherry tree and a table-strewn floating pontoon. Its five seasonal beers typically include a pilsner, session, märzen, Berliner Weisse, pale ale or IPA (look out for them around Paris too). Le Barourcq, a local bar just next door, even provides sets of ‘boules’ for improvised games of pétanque!
41 bis Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris – Website
Just steps away from the Champs-Elysées in Paris’s eighth arrondissement, there’s a hidden paradise which is perhaps the epitome of Franco-Anglo masculine elegance. A barber shop hiding a secret. Once you’ve had a world-class shave at the upscale hair salon, open a small hidden door and venture into a 1920s speakeasy bar and cigar lounge with an intimate atmosphere, echoing the Prohibition era. In the spirit of the theme, a large selection of alcoholic beverages, including over 50 different types of whiskey, are served at the bar. Highly recommended by World’s Best Bars and Time Out… and by all epicurean Parisians.
11 rue Jean Mermoz, 75008 Paris – Website
Le Felicita by Big Mamma Group
Paris’s La Felicità is a stylish, forward-thinking food market bringing Italian flair and flavour to the gastronomically diverse 13th arrondissement. Located on the left bank of Paris — home to Chinatown, a mixture of upscale and budget Chinese and Vietnamese eateries, and France’s main library, the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand—La Felicità is an exciting cultural dining destination making waves in the capital with its 4,500m2 space (complete with 1,000m2 terrace, food market, five kitchens, beer garden, extensive cocktail bar and 500-seat terrace from which you can enjoy a musical line-up all year round) getting Parisians and travellers alike all hot under the collar.
5 Parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris – Website
Mamie by Jean Imbert
After B.B. at Club Blanche in Paris and Swan in Miami, created alongside Pharrell Williams, French Chef Jean Imbert has opened his latest venture, “Mamie par Jean Imbert” in Paris’s 16th arrondissement. There you will find a menu that changes with the seasons. The chef runs this new restaurant in partnership with his charismatic grandmother, who he has to thank for his passion for cuisine. AND their Instagram page is an absolute delight !
35 bis, rue Jean de la Fontaine, 75016 Paris – Website