the place de la République
The 11th arrondissement of Paris is home to two quite different but equally blossoming centers of Parisian nightlife.
The streets just northwest of the 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 the rue Oberkampf in the north of the 11th and the rue de Charonne near the avenue Ledru Rollin attract a more urban crowd and are perhaps closer to something traditionally Parisian, while capturing some 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.
- Clown Bar, 114 rue Amelot (Métro: Filles du Calvaire or Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 43 55 87 35. Open from noon to 15:00, and 15:00 to 2:00. The food served in this absolutely beautiful room is classic French. The décor is classic Circus, which makes sense since it's just two doors north of the building which formerly housed circuses passing through during the winter. The ''formule'' (or ''prix fixe'') for lunch costs 13.50 euros, while the dinner menu is 18.50 euros. Ordering ''à la carte'' will cost you around 22 euros..
- 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 décor. Expect to pay around 12 to 20 euros, plus the cost of wine..
- Norbulinga, 118 rue Amelot (Métro: Filles du Calvaire or Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 47 00 90 18. Open from noon to 15:30, and 19:00 to 23:00 daily except Sundays.. Tibetan restaurants aren't widely known to be vegetarian friendly, but this beautifully appointed one certainly is with a list of about 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 7 euros, but some are as little as 5 euros..
- Le Trou Normand, 9 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud (Métro: Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 48 05 80 23. Open until 1:00..
- Aux Comptoirs des Indes, 50 rue de la Fontaine Au Roi (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 48 05 45 76. Indian. Menu 15 euros.
- Le Troisième Bureau, 74 rue de la folie Mericourt (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 43 55 87 65. French 12 to 20 euros.
- Le Kitch, 10 rue Oberkampf (Métro: Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 40 21 94 14. Daily until 2:00. A tiny french restaurant with a kitch, as the name implies, 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 euros..
- Café Cannibale, 93 rue jean-pierre timbaud (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ 33 1 49 29 95 59. Originally ladies-only, it's now co-ed. The word fashionable doesn't even begin to explain the place. (48.8683229,2.3792526)
- 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 euros.
- Casa Palenque, 130 rue St Maur (Métro: Parmentier), ☎ +33 1 43 38 12 27, . Monday to Saturday, noon to 15:00, and 19:00 to 23:00. 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
On the rue de la Roquette, near the place de la Bastille (Métro: Bastille), there are some small Asian shops selling various dishes by weight, which provides the traveler 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 the place does 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 euros, but it's worth it.. This much-beloved Thai restaurant, just off of the place de Bastille, 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 to which the chef takes an interest.
- 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, and a few new ones each day are served with your choice of an equally wide selection of breads and cheeses.
- Le Cyrano, 55 rue de la Roquette (Métro: Bastille). Menu: 15 euros.
- Grenier, 152 rue Oberkampf (Métro: Menilmontant). An excellent but tiny dive bar with live bands in the upstairs 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 costs only 2 euros..
- Le Vin de Zinc, 25 rue Oberkamp, ☎ +33 1 48 06 28 23. The top surfaces of Parisian bars 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 of French offerings, with mixed reviews, during the early evening, but it's 22:00 to 2:00, which really makes the place. Most of the room is filled with big wood-plank tables which are just the thing for for a lively conversation with friends, while the bar is comfy too and attracts a large crowd by late evening. The décor is classic, understated, and classy. Draft beer at the bar is 3 euros..
- 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 it very special 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.. (48.865788,2.377617)
- Ba-ta-clan, The boulevard Voltaire (Métro: Oberkampf), ☎ +33 1 49 23 96 33. Not long ago this place occupied the pinnacle of hipness, 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 because 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 wine tastings every Saturday. (48.8525846,2.3744066)
- Entre Potes, 14, Rue de Charonne, ☎ +33 1 48 06 57 04. A good place to relax "amongst friends" as entre potes suggesta, thus making it a fairly representative Parisian bar with notable cocktails.
- Les marcheurs de planete, 73 rue de la Roquette, ☎ +33 1 43 48 90 98. This French wine bar has good prices, a desirable atmosphere, and a friendly staff.
- Hôtel Voltaire République, 10, boulevard Voltaire (Métro: République), ☎ +33 1 47 00 21 47, . Located a few steps away from the place de la Républic Square, a local bakery, supermarket, laundry, and many other services are close to the hotel. All rooms are en-suite, with TV, direct-dial telephone, and WiFi in the rooms.
- 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), .
- Hôtel 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 Hôtel de l'Avenue, 14, rue Rampon (Métro: République), ☎ +33 1 47 00 61 98 (email@example.com), . 73 euros for double, 64 euros for single.
- Grand Hôtel Français, 223 Boulevard Voltaire (Métro: The rue des Boulets, Boulets Montreuil), ☎ +33 1 43 71 27 57 (fax: +33 1 43 48 40 05), . The hotel has been operated by the same family for over 100 years. It's quite proud of the hotel operations' lore handed down through the generations.
- 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 three-star hotel receives 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 the place de la République, the Nord-Est 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, there are often vacancies when all of the hotels in more popular quarters have been booked. 100/150 euros singles/doubles..
- Hôtel Le Quartier République, In the Marais, 39, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud (Métro: Parmentier or République), ☎ +33 1 48 06 64 97, . This budget hotel, close to the place de la République, offers a fitness center and free WiFi, though the Marais area is not exactly near. Even though the management touts itself as a funky and affordable place to stay, decide for yourself.
- Le Général Hôtel, 5-7 rue Rampon, . This three-star hotel near the place de la République and the rue Oberkampf with mostly positive reviews paid attention to the graphic and interior design. However, breakfast is not included.