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Hôtel Lutetia: A Parisian icon awakes

With the recent re-opening of legendary Paris landmark, the Lutetia, Yann Perreau traces the fascinating history of this iconic Left Bank hotel Read more

10 of the best rooftop bars

On a clear, starry evening, what could be better than sipping a glass of chilled Champagne with a panoramic view over Paris? Here we bring you 10 of our favourite places to do just that… Read more

The co-working cafés that are creative hot spots

There are more homeworkers now than at any time before, but the lack of office banter can leave many feeling isolated. Luckily help is at hand with the new breed of Parisian co-working cafés… Read more

Café Hugo reopens in the Marais following an extensive renovation project

Words & Image: Sarah Breathnach

Set in the opulent surroundings of the 17th-century place des Vosges, perched on the corner of Rue du Pas de la Mule beneath the vaulted arcades, Café Hugo reopened its doors to the public this… Read more

Restaurant Sauvage

Words and Images: Jill Pope If it sometimes feels like the bohemian hey day of the 6th and 7th arrondissements is behind it, Restaurant Sauvage has brought back a rather contemporary reinterpretation of that free and easy… Read more

Comestibles et Marchand de Vins

Words: Jill Pope Image: Comestibles et Marchand de Vins The best part of moving to a new neighbourhood is discovering the local haunts. The kind of places that might not necessarily be the first port… Read more

Les Nautes

Words: Jill Pope As soon as the sun starts shining the word on everyone’s lips is “terrasse”. Parisians are on a constant quest to discover the best place to soak up that prized Vitamin D,… Read more

Jim Haynes – Atelier A-2 and Sunday night salons

  Words: Jill Pope Images: Alex Leggett I imagine that journalists the world over are united in their trepidation of interviewing people who have reached “legendary” status. It’s hard to know how to probe beyond… Read more

VDB

Words: Jill Pope VDB is a bit of a sleeper. On a side-street off the more well-trodden ‘lower’ Oberkampf, of Aux Deux Amis et al, I had been meaning to check out this open-fronted cave… Read more

In the Garden

Words: Jill Diane Pope Image: In the Garden Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hectic pace of life in La Capitale and go, like the famous theme song says, somewhere where everybody knows your name.… Read more

En Vrac

Words: Jill Pope This is a caviste with a difference. For those who love drinking wine and saving the planet En Vrac provides an opportunity to combine those two worthy objectives in its small boutique… Read more

Le Dépanneur

Words: Jill Pope Image: David Rager Opening quietly over summer, new bar and restaurant Le Dépanneur has brought a touch of California casual to the 9th arrondissement. The original Le Dépanneur is fondly remembered through hazy… Read more

Le Bal Café

Words: Omid Tavallai Anna Trattles sits across from me at one of the handful of tables inside the high-ceilinged, white-walled, windowed room that is Le Bal Café. “You’ve got five minutes,” she says, constantly looking… Read more

Le Tango

Words: Richard Price Image: Le Tango Timing, as they say, is everything. At Le Tango, this could not be more true. On a recent Saturday night, my gal-pal and I arrived there at 23:30 and… Read more

Florian Aubertin – La Cave des Papilles

Words: Omid Tavallai The story has almost become a cliché in what’s hot and exciting in Paris: A young upstart with no formal training. Someone who bailed on a corporate career to pursue an unrelated… Read more

La Cave à Bulles

On a narrow cobblestone street in Paris' Beaubourg district, Simon Thillou is slowly fomenting revolution. Or fermenting, rather... Mild-mannered and extremely friendly, he explains in fluent English, "Paris is not a beer place. It's difficult… Read more

Le Verre Volé

Text: Nick Forrester Image: Katte Bellatje Le Verre Volé, on Rue de Lancry, has a rustic French charm, which belies its relative youth. One of the pioneers of the ‘neo bistrot’ scence which swept Paris in… Read more

La Conserverie

Text: Sarah Moriarty Image: La Conserverie The eclectic bar-restaurant, La Conserverie, at 35 bis rue du Sentier in the second arrondissement, serves some of the best cocktails in the city. This is big praise for… Read more

International Bar

Text: Joel Ma Image: Valentin Ottone For those who acquaint themselves with a city by the pulse of its live music, Paris can leave the average punter a little cold. Openied in 2008 and located… Read more

Point Ephémère

Text: Will Best If you allow yourself to meander down the Canal St Martin, you’ll stumble upon the industrial arts hub (plus restaurant plus bar) Point Ephémère.  Once a factory, Point Ephémère now boasts performance spaces, 5… Read more

Chez Jeannette

This very tatty old bar once frequented students from L’Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq next door. After a big revamp it became one of the right bank hang-outs for the arty-fashion-gay crowd. The bar… Read more

Rosa Bonheur

Located inside the Buttes-Chaumont park, this bar/restaurant is Paris outside of Paris, an ideal place to go to watch the sun set over the city. You can either sit on the grass with your friends… Read more

Anahi, South Argentinian Cuisine

  Image by Susie Hollands Recently given a facelift by the crew behind ‘La Jeune Rue’ and designer Maud Bury, the new Anahi is a slick, modern eatery that has kept its Argentine roots with… Read more

Breakfast in America

A 50s diner, no big deal – but a 50s diner in the midst of Paris offers a surreal, Lynch-like experience. Brunch Transatlantic style (pancakes, bacon, eggs, a “Bottomless Mug O’Joe”…) is served at all… Read more

Andy Wahloo

Text: Ana Lee A Marais stalwart, from what appears to be an oriental épicerie on the outside, inside you’ll find an eccentric bar and eclectic mix of pop art and Moroccan deco. Wahloo also includes… Read more

Jean-Vier Linen

Image: Jean-Vier Jean-Vier linen is part of the heritage of the Pays Basque, where in the olden days fabric was cultivated and woven to create SAÏAL, a strong fabric cover used to protect the cattle… Read more

La Maroquinerie (and other right bank music venues)

Text: Jayson Harsin  From the vantage point of Pere Lachaise in the 20th, in the closing pages of Balzac’s delicious Pere Goriot, the hero Rastignac looks down into the mudpit of Paris, seething with moneylust… Read more

Aux Folies

Words: Sarah-Neel Smith Visible almost as soon as you exit the Belleville metro, this neon-lit cafe is a microcosm of the diverse, constantly-in-flux neighbourhood it’s located in. A little rough around the edges, it is… Read more

La Belle Hortense

  A Marais go-to, this bar is famously the place where Catherine Millet’s “La Vie Sexuelle de Catherine M” was launched.  Combining books (it’s also a librairie) and wine is a classic French combination, plus there… Read more

Le Caveau des Oubliettes

Words: Pamela Price When I first moved to Paris my roommate saw me sitting on the couch, wondering what to do on my Thursday night. “You like jazz?” he asked, and handed me a piece… Read more

The Nouveau Casino

Text: Jayson Harsin Nestled in the briar patch of branchitude at 114 rue Oberkampf is a former 1930s cabaret. The building later became an artist atelier. Then in 2001 it opened as home to what… Read more

Bellota-Bellota

A menu of dishes based on the shop’s Spanish hams, cheeses and premium canned goods. Not only does it sell little treats (try the madeleines), but it is also an upscale tapas bar. The main… Read more

La Perle

Image: Aisling Chin-Yee Celebrate your Marais purchases with a stiff drink at La Perle. A Parisian classic, the bar spills out onto the street on balmy summer evenings – after all these years it’s still a place… Read more

Bar Du Plaza Athénée

It’s really sexy inside – a long illuminated bar flanked by Louis XV-style metallic stools and small Murano glass lights above. On the walls are a series of large paintings with frames so deep you… Read more

Hotel du Nord

Text: Stephanie Micci Hotel du Nord has played many roles over the years, with its origins as a hotel dating all the way back to 1885, to its role as the setting of 1938 film… Read more

Chez Francis Labutte

One of the cutest spots behind the Sacre Coeur in the village-like Lamarck Caulaincourt. A concise, but decent food selection and drinks! A true locals hide-out. Chez Francis Labutte 122 rue Caulaincourt, 18th Ph: 01… Read more

Bistro des Peintres

Cute stop-off around Ledru-Rollin, the grand fin-de-siècle interiors and terrace make it a popular choice for locals and visitors to the area. Their food might not be at the same level as other local heavy-hitters,… Read more

L’Eclaireur

After his original flagship store opened on the Champs Elysées in 1982, Armand Hadida has created quite a fashion empire around Paris. Now you can find a varied ‘en point’ collection of international designers all around… Read more

L’Autour d’un Verre

All the food is completely fresh from local suppliers and the wine is natural. It’s in a great part of town too, behind Bonne Nouvelle and the Grands Boulevards. There is a warren of streets… Read more

Le Fanfaron

A kind of locals rock-a-billy dive bar with posters of great musicians all over the nicotine stained walls; Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger and other greats. Le Fanfaron 6 Rue de la Main d’Or, 11th Métro:… Read more

La Palette

Old favourite, popular with Ecole des Beaux-Arts students and the local Galeristes. Bit of fun on the left bank, with lots of chinos and pink sweaters. It is a ‘site classé,’ which means that the… Read more

Chez Carmen

A mythic “after” bar for night-owls. Carmen presides over this boisterous and eclectic mix – woe betide anyone who tries to change the music! Part living room part dive bar, this is somewhere where you… Read more

Le Petit Marcel

You’ve just seen an exhibition at Pompidou or caught a film at MK2 Beaubourg? This is a good little spot to debrief, grab a coffee, drink or something to refuel. A typical bistro with a… Read more

Abracadabar

The kind of 19th arrondissement dive bar where you never quite know what will happen. It’s guaranteed you’ll have a night full of surprises and get to know the locals. Rock, rap, jazz, electro…even tarot… Read more

Delaville Cafe

The Delaville Cafe is an ex-brothel with its beautiful mosaic ceiling and floor intact. It offers free wireless and is a good pit stop for a drink before catching something at the Grand Rex. 34… Read more

La Bellevilloise

La Bellevilloise in Gambetta is the kind of community-driven performance space Paris excels at. A café, terrace and lots of gigs with local and international acts. La Bellevilloise 19-21 Rue Boyer, 20th Ph: 01 46… Read more

La Fourmi

The atmosphere in this bar on the edge of La Butte Montmartre is unlike any other in Paris. This bar/restaurant is named La Fourmi, a tribute to La Fontaine’s famous poem. It’s a big jumble… Read more

Planète Mars

Planète Mars was the scene of many escapades as it is situated right next to the original Vingt Paris Galerie at 25, rue Keller. Efix and Cedric brought their punk sensibilities to this superior pick… Read more

The Old Navy

Words: Susie Hollands If you are desperate for a drink in the Latin Quarter you can always count on this bar, it’s a mecca for anglophone bar staff from other pubs in central Paris, sells… Read more

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