8 SECRETS BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN PARIS

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So whip out your tablets: as a preview here is a small selection of the best atypical restaurants, hidden bars and cool rooftops!

THE NOT-TO-BE MISSED ROOFTOP THIS WINTER

The rooftop of the ‘Terrass Hôtel’ in the Abbesses district really has a terrific view. You are literally leaning on Sacré Cœur with a 196° view on all of Paris ! In addition, they serve super cocktails (16€) so why not indulge?

12, rue Joseph-de-Maistre, 75018 Paris

THE MOST SECRET BURGER OF PARIS

Head for ‘Les Provinces’, next to marché d’Aligre and walk into a butcher shop that also doubles up as a restaurant with hamburgers on the menu including a burger with foie gras, and lots more. Pick your meat from the display (veal chip, sirloin, andouillette…) it will then be prepared with garlic potatoes, to be eaten directly in the shop. It’s much more simple and better than a plain old burger!

20, rue d’Aligre, 75012 Paris, starting at 8€ for starters and 13,80€ per dish

AN ATYPICAL DINING ROOM

Chez Walczack. To gain entrance, you need to ring the bell and be ushered in—it’s very discrete with nothing written on the door. Here everything has remained totally anchored in the 50s, filled with regulars, you really get the feeling that Jean Gabin could show up at any moment ! They also happen to offer menus with as much wine as you can drink… This is an ambiance that has stopped in time and totally surprising.

Starter-dish-cheese-dessert formula 22€ 75, rue Brancion, 75015 Paris

THE BAR THAT WILL BLUFF YOUR LATEST DATE

L’Hôtel Particulier in Montmartre: always a winner. Featuring a Winter garden, with a David Lynch touch, and an interior jungle print wallpaper conveying a very special ambiance… Cocktails are tops, concocted by a famous mixologist.

23, avenue Junot, 75018 Paris, Cocktails starting at 13€

THE MOST ROMANTIC VIEW OF PARIS

A really different kind of place, at the heart of the Latin Quarter, don’t miss the ‘Up on the Roof’. As its name indicates, this is a rooftop with a view on Notre-Dame, the Palais de Justice—you can see the Seine, the lights of the passing bateaux mouches… A very unusual spectacle.

4, rue Danton, 75006 Paris, Cocktails starting at 17€

THE BEST CLANDESTINE BARS TO GO HANG OUT

Madame Louis on the île Saint Louis

It’s the former Franc-Pinot, temple of be-bop, taken over by a group of young buddies, filled with energy, who have lots of DJ friends. When you first walk in the bar, the small size takes you a little by surprise, but they happen to have a huge unexpected cellar, hidden behind a small door. Like an iceberg, the largest part of Madame Louis, is hidden below!

1, quai de Bourbon, 75004 Paris

Beer, 3€ – plancha, 13€

Le Blaine Bar

Here is a very upscale address, at the heart of the Golden Triangle. The large entrance door is guarded by a bouncer, because you must have credentials in order to be accepted inside. To acquire the magic word and gain access (the open sesame changes every week), just make a request on Facebook. Inside ? A tiny very chic boudoir with waiters in bow ties that serve you top notch cocktails.

65, rue Pierre-Charron, 75008 Paris, Cocktails starting at 16€

A GREAT HIDEAWAY TO GO WORK

Le Café Curieux. At first, the window-front is intriguing, with a rack of old post cards. Vintage ? Art gallery ? A little bit of both, in fact. In this hybrid café, all the zany decoration can be purchased: old Rahan comic strips, silver process cameras, record players, small gadgets… The home-made pies are delicious and coffee costs 1€. In other words, a great place to get some work done.

3, rue Scipion, 75005 Paris Coffee 1€ – tea, lemonade, fresh juices and pastries at 3€

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