Paris Nightlife, Restaurants and Cafes


 

Paris Restaurants and Cafes

Paris is a real treat when it comes to dining and nightlife, because everyone from foodies to wine lovers to beer drinkers to culture vultures will find something interesting to do after dark in the French capital. To avoid being overwhelmed by the massive choice of restaurants, bars and other nightlife spots on offer, it’s best to plan your Paris dining and nightlife experience by district.

Montmartre, for example, is one of the most famous areas of the city among recent generations, thanks mostly to the fantastic French movie “Amelie”. If you liked that film, you’ll definitely want to go to Café des Deux Moulins (15 rue Lepic, Paris 75018; +33 01 42 54 90 50), where most of the action takes place. Here you can get a full meal or simply enjoy a coffee as you look around spotting the locations of different scenes from the film.

The café is just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Moulin Rouges (82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris; +33 01 53 09 82 82‎; www.moulinrouge.fr), a Paris nightlife spot which attracts thousands of tourists with its unique brand of raunchy vaudeville. Be aware that shows here are quite expensive, although you can combine a champagne dinner with your ticket for a special price.

Another famous aspect of Paris nightlife that speaks to the city’s great cultural diversity is the hopping bar scene in the Latin Quarter. One of the biggest such clubs is the Barrio Latino (46 Rue de Faubourg Sainte Antoine, Paris 75012; +33 1 55 78 84 75; www.barriolatino.fr). Spread over four floors, this incredible venue combines funky Latin décor, sassy music, exotic cocktails and delicious Brazilian and Argentinean food.

In the historic Marais district, there are a number of good restaurant and bar options. For example, Chez L’Ami Louis (32 Rue du Vert-Bois, Paris 75003; +33 1 48 87 77 48) is a classic bistro which has remained unchanged since 1924 and is sure to win you over with its French charms. Former US President Bill Clinton had lunch here with former French President Jacques Chirac on a visit to the city. After you’ve eaten, enjoy the classic Paris dining experience of a glass of wine and a plate of cheese at Le Baromètre (17 Rue Charlot, Paris 75003; +33 1 48 87 04 54), where there is a choice of 20 different French wines mostly under €5.

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