The 11th Arrondissement of Paris is home to two quite different but equally blossoming centers of Parisian nightlife.
The streets just northwest of Place de Bastille are full of little bars which attract a mix of young suburban Parisians, ex-pats, and foreigners. Many have a Latin-American theme.
Meanwhile the restaurants, bars, and wine-bars around Rue Oberkampf in the north of the 11th and rue de Charonne near Avenue Ledru Rollin attract a more urban crowd and are perhaps closer to something traditionally Parisian, while capturing a bit of the grungy feel of drinking spots in up-and-coming inner city neighborhoods everywhere.
- Cirque d'Hiver, . Mainly used as a concert hall and venue for fashion shows today, the Cirque d'Hiver was originally built in 1852 - as the name would suggest - as a winter venue for circuses.
- Musée Edith Piaf, 5 rue Crespin du Gast (Métro Ménilmontant), ☎ +33 1 43 55 52 72. 13:00 - 18:00, Mon - Thu (by appointment only).
- Ô Chateau, Paris Wine Tasting, . Discover French Wines variety and specificity with a native French Sommelier. Informative, relaxing and fun. In English in a beautiful parisian loft.
- Distribution, 108 avenue Ledru-Rollin (Métro: Ledru-Rollin), ☎ +33 1 48 04 30 38. It may be a strange name for a store which sells toys and baby-clothes, but it's a good place to go if you happen to be in town with someone very small and find yourself needing a new pair of jammies, without paying the cost of a night at the hotel. There are a range of new, used and consignment clothes, and if you like they will manufacture tee-shirts, onesies, very small lab-coats, or other such items with a message or design of your choice.
- Gemi's, 9, rue Crussol (Métro: Filles du Calvaire or Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 43 57 08 64, . 7 days a week, until 1h30 am. This restaurants serves only cheese and wine in a room with a trendy atmosphere. They have a very large choice and will help you discover these two very important french specialities.
- Clown Bar, 114 rue Amelot (Métro: Filles du Calvaire or Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 43 55 87 35. Open from Noon to 3PM and 7PM to 2AM. The food served in this absolutely beautiful room is classic French. The decor is classic Circus, which makes sense since it's just two doors north of the building which has traditionally housed circuses passing through during the winter. The ''formule'' for lunch costs 13.50 Euro, while the dinner ''menu'' is 18.50. Ordering ''à la carte'' will cost you around 22 Euro..
- L'Estaminet, 116 rue Oberkampf (Métro: Parmentier or Ménilmontant), ☎ +33 1 43 57 34 29. French food with a high degree of originality and creativity. The service is warm and friendly, and so is the decor. Expect to pay around 12 to 20 Euro not counting wine..
- Norbulinga, 118 rue Amelot (Métro: Filles du Calvaire or Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 47 00 90 18. Open from noon to 2:30PM and 7PM to 11PM daily except Sundays.. Tibetan restaurants aren't widely known to be vegetarian friendly, but this beautifully appointed one certainly is with a list of around 12 vegetarian dishes. Of course there's plenty for meat lovers as well. Some dishes might remind you of spicier western Chinese cooking, others seem a bit more south-Asian. Most dishes are around 7Euro, but some are as little as 5..
- Le Trou Normand, 9 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud (Métro: Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 48 05 80 23. Open until 1:00am..
- Aux Comptoirs des Indes, 50 rue de la Fontaine Au Roi (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 48 05 45 76. Indian. Menus 15 Euro.
- Le Troisième Bureau, 74 rue de la folie Mericourt (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 43 55 87 65. French 12 to 20 Euro.
- Le Kitch, 10 rue Oberkampf (Métro: Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 40 21 94 14. Daily until 2:00am. A tiny french restaurant with a kitch atmosphere, at least visually. The music on the other hand is fresh, mostly trip-hop and zen as of this writing. The food is good too. 12 to 20 Euro..
- Café Cannibale, 93 rue jean-pierre timbaud (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 49 29 95 59. Originally ladies-only, it's co-ed now. The word "Fashionable" doesn't even start to explain the place.
- Avé Maria, 1 rue Jacquard (Métro: Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 47 00 61 73. Brasilian favela chic. The friendly folks who run this place have been hosting Brasilian dance nights at various venues around town. But don't just come in to check out the posters; stay a while for the fantastic vegetarian friendly South-American and international cuisine at reasonable prices. 12 to 20 Euro.
- Casa Palenque, 130 rue St Maur (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 43 38 12 27, . Monday to Saturday, noon to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm. This somewhat upmarket Mexican caterer and restaurant places an emphasis on authenticity. It's one of the only places to go in Paris for real tamales. starters: around €6, mains: around €12.
Map of the 11th Arrondissement
Asie à la degustation
In rue de la Roquette near Place de la Bastille (Métro: Bastille) there are some small Asian shops, selling various dishes by weight, which provides the traveller an opportunity to sample at will: if you aren't sure about a particular dish just buy 50gr or so for tasting. White rice is available even though they do not display it, just ask for du riz blanc.
- Indiana Tex-Mex. The Place de Bastille location of this popular chain of Tex-Mex is worth mentioning at least because of its ability to draw a crowd. Of note also is the truth in advertising: this is Tex-Mex food prepared exactly as you would expect to find in say, Indianapolis Indiana.
- Blue Elephant, 43 rue de la Roquette (Métro: Bastille), ☎ +33 1 47 00 42 00, . You'll pay at least 30 Euro, but it's worth it.. A much beloved Thai restaurant just off of Place de Bastille, this place is tiny, so book ahead.
- Suds, 55, Rue Charonne (Métro: Bastille or Ledru Rollin), ☎ +33 1 43 14 06 36, . An interesting mix of cuisines from South America, Southern Asia, the South of France or any other southern place the chef takes an interest in.
- Le Café des Anges, 66 rue de la Roquette (Métro: Bastille), ☎ +33 1 47 00 63. A good place for salads.
- Le bar à Soupes, 33 rue de Charonne (Métro: Bastille), ☎ +33 1 43 57 53 79, . A large selection of different soups (including some vegetarian options), a few new ones each day, served with your choice of an equally wide selection of breads and cheeses.
- Le Cyrano, 55 rue de la Roquette (Métro: Bastille). Menu: 15€.
- Grenier, 152 rue Oberkampf (Métro: Menilmontant). An excellent but tiny dive bar with live bands upstairs in the hall some nights, but usually downstairs in the front window. This is a great place to hear Django Reinhartd-style jazz guitar playing (Jazz Manouche). A basic beer will set you back all of €2..
- Le Vin de Zinc, 25 rue Oberkamp, ☎ +33 1 48 06 28 23. Parisien bar-tops are almost consistently made of zinc, as is the one found at this lovely wine-bar, so you can spill your wine on it and it won't hurt anything.
- Chez Justine, 96, rue Oberkampf (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 43 57 44 03. Close to the center of the Oberkampf nightlife zone, "Justine's place" functions as a restaurant with trendy versions French offerings (which get mixed reviews) during the early evening, but it's 10pm to 2am which really makes the place. Most of the room is filled with big wooden plank tables which are just the thing for for a lively conversation with friends, while the bar is comfy too, and attracts quite a crowd by the late evening. The decor is classic, understated, and classy. Draft beer at the bar is €3..
- Nouveau Casino et Café Charbon, 109 rue Oberkampf (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 43 57 57 40. Right across the street from Justine's the New Casino keeps rocking until dawn both in the bar downstairs and the medium-size dance hall upstairs, making the favorite among young Parisians, especially after the other places in the neighborhood have closed. The dance/concert hall features cutting-edge indi rock groups and cutting-edge electronica. The prices do reflect the hipness however. 5€ for a glass of beer..
- Ba-ta-clan, Boulevard Voltaire (Métro: Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 49 23 96 33. Not long ago this place occupied the pinnacle of hipness which at which the Nouveau Casino now finds itself. It's been through a management change though, and doesn't have quite the booking power it once did. Still, you should stop by, especially in the afternoon as the café downstairs is outstanding, perhaps even better than in the old days.
- Mecano Bar, 99 rue Oberkampf (Métro: Parmentier).
- Le Scherkhan, 144 rue Oberkampf (Métro: Ménilmontant).
- Café du Passage, 12, rue de Charonne (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 49 29 97 64. Sip and swirl some full bodied wines at this casual bistro that offers weekly wine tastings on Saturdays.
- Entre Potes, 14, Rue de Charonne, ☎ +33 1 48 06 57 04. A good place to relax "amongst friends" as the name would suggest, thus making it a fairly representative parisien bar, with notable cocktails.
- Les marcheurs de planete, 73, Rue de la Roquette, ☎ +33 1 43 48 90 98. French wine bar with good prices and atmosphere and a friendly staff.
- Hôtel Voltaire République, 10, boulevard Voltaire (Métro: République), ☎ +33 1 47 00 21 47, .
- Hôtel Mondia, 22 rue du Grand-Prieuré (Métro: Oberkampf or Répubique), ☎ +33 1 47 00 93 44, .
- Hôtel de Nemours, 8, rue de Nemours (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 47 00 21 08. Decent
- Auberge Internationale des jeunes, 10, rue Trousseau (Métro: Ledru-Rollin), ☎ +33 1 47 00 21 08 (fax: +33 1.47.00.33.16), .
- Hotel Campanile Paris Bastille, 9, Rue Chemin Vert (Métro: Chemin Vert), ☎ +33 1 43 38 58 08, .
- Bastille Hostel, 6, rue Trousseau (Métro: Ledru-Rollin), ☎ +33 1 47 00 62 00, .
- Grand Hotel Français, 223 Boulevard Voltaire - 75011 Paris (Métro: Rue des boulets , Boulets Montreuil), ☎ 33 1 43 71 27 57 (fax: 33 1 43 48 40 05), . Grand Hotel Français Paris has existed for more than 100 years and it has been an ideal stop for those who wanted to have a great time in Paris. It is located near Bastille and the Père Lachaise district. It is one of the oldest family-business hotel, who transfer his knowledge from one generation to another. The hotel's blog shares the activities that can be done during your stay in Paris.
- Classics Hôtel, 131, rue de Charonne (Métro: Charonne), ☎ +33 1 44 64 34 34, .
- Grand Hôtel Nouvel Opera, 152, avenue Ledru-Rollin (Métro: Voltaire), ☎ +33 1 43 79 98 76. This little 3-star gets pretty much consistently positive reviews on line.
- Hôtel du Nord et de l'Est, 49, rue de Malte (Métro: République or Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 47 00 71 70, . Found among a cluster of two-star hotels off of Place de la République, the North and East has been in the process lately of doing some renovation, bringing some but not all of the rooms up to high three-star standards. Regardless of which type of room you book the place is quiet and cheerful and has WI-FI. It's a good value, and to top it off they often have vacancies when all of the hotels in more popular quarters are booked. 70/90€ singles/doubles..
- Hôtel Le Quartier République, Le Marais, 39, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud (Métro: Parmentier or République), ☎ +33 1 48 06 64 97, . A budget hotel just a bit from République which offers a fitness Centre, and free WiFi, though "Le Marais" is a bit of a stretch. They tout themselves as funky and affordable place to stay, we'll leave it up to you to decide what to make of that.
- Le Général Hôtel, 5-7 rue Rampon, . 3 star hotel near République and Oberkampf with mostly positive reviews. They've certainly put a certain amount of budget into graphic and interior design. Please note that the breakfast is not included.
- Malte 38, 38 rue de Malte. Internet café with good rates.
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