I felt, here in the 11th Arr., the greatest sense of authentic, local Parisian nightlife. I also felt most at home, maybe because it reminded me of my hometown, Chicago. But in Paris, the exciting and welcoming atmosphere is amplified by the historic buildings and breathtaking street scenery.
This neighborhood made me feel I could live in Paris and that one day, I probably will.
A few places I loved…
A friend recommended this cafe. It’s bright and lively, with an open dining area, young patrons and great food and wine. I could have spent a lot more time here, but my evening was just beginning and there were other places to discover. See the smile on my travel companion’s face? She shares my excitement over our first stop in this entrancing neighborhood.
Le Petit Bal Perdu
The theme of this restaurant? Italian Vespa life. (Ooh la la!) The decor brings that style to life and makes me think of riding through old Roman streets on a summer day. The food is a fusion of American, French and Italian, and all delicious. The atmosphere is ultimately chill. The French fries are fabulous.
With dinner consumed, my travel companion and I set out to find off-the-beaten-path places to explore. Boy did we. We found a little street, Rue Amelot, where the college crowd hangs out. It runs alongside a main street, but shielded, a little bubble of interesting culture.
Pop In is fun! And adorable. And a bit of a maze. Wander up and down stairs, through narrow hallways, and discover colorfully decorated back rooms. Wander into the basement, and perhaps you will discover, as I did, an awesome local college band playing to adoring fans.
Panic Room is artsy and dark. Check out the wall art and cool lighting in the photo. It has a basement, too, and excellent music playing everywhere. There’s also a video screen playing old American movies.
Italian Style Cafe
The name of this bar is perfectly appropriate. I loved the comfortable European atmosphere. A few other people were hanging out late night along with us, and everyone was having a great time. The alcohol selection is vast, and there’s good food as well. I must not be the only traveler to find this place; there’s money from all over the world hung on the wall as decoration.
If you visit any of these places, comment and let me know what you think! And if you’re curious for more, see my other posts on Paris.
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