‘Cool Paris’ is very much in ‘hipster vogue’ right now and from the Marais to the 11th arrondissement on the right bank, young and edgy would best describe the urban vibe.
Districts including the Bastille and Oberkampf are full of expats and young Parisians who come to eat, drink and party. Don’t expect red carpets. Nightlife in this part of town may be booming but in a ‘quirky, alternative type of way.’ Tiny bars and bistros are almost hidden from the crowds off avenue Ledru Rollin and rue de Charonne.
Explore cool boutiques and health food joints during the day – a concept that appears to have been embraced by the French at long last!
Some of the hippest places in Paris include:
Le Baron Rouge
If you enjoy a wine bar atmosphere, without paying silly prices or being a wine snob, Le Baron Rouge could be your perfect place to sink a few. Locals bring their own glass bottles and fill them with wine from the barrels near the door. The wine may be more ‘house’ than ‘vintage’ but this is still a lively bar with a choice of small plate cuisine to accompany your vin.
Stretching over the top of the Docks en Seine, with a neon-green glass roof, Nuba is impossible to miss. This relatively ‘new kid on the block’ has been packed since opening day. Nuba’s ‘too cool for school’ offerings include a DJ booth which is a beach hut, a resident food truck and lawn chairs.
Le Verre Vole
Part wine, shop, part bistro, whether you are looking for a cheeky take-out or wanting to sample an awesome choice of wines with a meal, Le Verre Vole is the place to come. Attracting a large crowd from all over Paris, if you are planning to eat, you are advised to make a reservation.
Named after the 19th century painter, Rosa Bonheur, the first woman to become an officer of the Legion of Honour, this bar enjoys a stunning location in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Most people enjoy day-drinking here as the Rosa Boneheur is kid-friendly and laid back. Stay after 10pm and the dance floor starts to fill up!
This one-room wine bar requires a walk down a very long passage, but the music, lively crowd, and simple but solid menu of French small plates justify the trek. Au Passage, which feels slightly more grown-up, than most of its neighbours wins the prize for one of the quirkiest bars around.
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