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Wake up Paris

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Wake up Paris

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Why are Parisians so enchanted by this Brazilian bar? Perhaps because they can come to wake up here with a coffee, or at midday to choose from its delightful lunch menu, or in the evening to enjoy a good cocktail at happy hour (5pm-8pm) with friends. Wake Up Paris has another important asset: they make excellent caipirinhas prepared with rare cachaças – pair with a burger or a wonderful prawn risotto. In the evenings, DJs play sets of latino, funk and house music inside the light-filled space situated between Bastille and the Marais with its naturally elegant décor.

  1. 31 boulevard Henri IV, 4e
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Café Beaubourg

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Just in front of the Pompidou Centre, the very pretty Café Beaubourg makes the most of its lovely terrace on the corner in this animated pedestrian area. The clientele is a mix of bright young things and tourists who come to enjoy the sun-filled location on fine days and evenings. Founded by the Costes brothers, this is a very chic little establishment. The décor is all white and red and the sofas are very comfortable (even the outdoor ones). The bar-restaurants is a success, even though the service can be disappointingly impersonal and some days, plain bad. The prices here are high for what is essentially well-executed but not excellent french cuisine. Probably best to stick to a nice drink in the sunshine.

  1. 100 rue Saint-Martin, 4e
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Café Charlot

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The Café Charlot is one of the most lovely old-school cafés in the Marais, thanks to its magnificent old-fashioned bakery shop front with intact wrought iron and its retro ambiance, which has seduced the local hipsters who come to sun themselves on its lovely terrace on the corner just opposite the Enfants Rouges market. Inside, large round leather benches match the old fashioned counter, while wooden paneling and wine bottles in perfect alignment give it an authentic air. Tartare, entrecôte, salads and sandwiches are all on offer but what stands out are the brasserie-style dishes, like the filet de Saint-Pierre au curry, a snip at €19.The house cheeseburger and fries for €17 euros is less appealing, and the omelette for €12.50 less still. Best perhaps to comme here for a coffee (€1.10 at any hour of the day) or a beer: a demi is €2,60  all day (€3.20 in the evening). We recommend happy hour for the delicious cocktails from only €6.50, but come early to have a place on the terrace – it's very sought after.

  1. 38 rue de Bretagne, 3e
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Piment Café © C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris

Piment Café © C. Griffoulières - Time Out Paris

Le Piment Café

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Here is an address that we would really prefer to keep to ourselves. This friendly micro bar in the heart of the Marais has a house specialty of ti-punch served in 50cl bottles for €23 euros, enough to knock out a small army. From 6pm-9pm a pint of Melbrau is €3.50, a Leffe €4 and Guinness €4.50 euros. The tiny counter faces a few computers available to hire (€1 for 30 minutes); the bar is only two small rooms lodged between two thick walls and gets crammed full in the post-work peak time: get here early if you want a table. The clientele is well-heeled but unpretentious, and that's what we love about it.

  1. 15 rue de Sévigné, 4e
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Dame Tartine

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

With its terrace overlooking the Stravinsky fountain next to the Centre Pompidou, Dame Tartine is a pleasant surprise in the busy Marais. After a visit to the museum, come here to relax in the calm and the sunshine and enjoy much more reasonable prices than other bars in the area, plus friednly efficient waiters, a rarity in this very touristy area. This bistro-restaurant offers a varied menu of huge warm or cold sandwiches for €10 – try, for example, the tartine with magrets de canard fumés and goat's cheese, or roasted vegetables, tapenade and Comté – in total more than ten appetising options. It could be hard to choose between these and the dishes of the day – when we visited, salmon with coconut sauce and marinated courgettes, chicken with morille mushrooms, and salmon tartare with ginger. To wash it all down, a very solid wine list (the Tariquet is particularly good).

  1. 2 rue Brisemiche, 4e
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Murano Resort

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4

Located in the heart of the Marais not far from the Cirque d'Hiver, the restaurant in the famous Hotel Murano is painfully cool and trendy, with ultra 'design' furniture, all-white décor, a virtual chimney and 'stalactites' that continually change colour hanging from the 5 metre high ceiling. Frequented by clients of the hotel and a few well to do Parisians who enjoy the high-life, it pays to be impeccably dressed if you want to be let in here, and naturally every dish on the excellent menu costs the earth.The bar is more of a 'lounge' and again, no sneakers allowed. Here everything is bright and colourful: the walls are padded with coloured cubes and the multi-coloured bubble chairs are lit up by fluorescent neon lights. The atmosphere is jazzy-soul and house, with three resident Djs. An impressive menu of 180 vodkas will give you pause for thought, and the Sunday brunch is very popular among Paris's bright young things.

  1. 13 Boulevard du Temple, 75003
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L'Art Brut

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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This rustic tavern on the rue Quincampoix runs counter to all current trends – no electro-house or sophisticated design here, but a down-to-earth, hippyish vibe, with plain tables in a narrow room done out in wood, stone and iron. Cheerful waiters maintain their smiles even during the rammed happy hour, and prices are low (Pastis and Amstel at €2.50) – very rare in this neighbourhood, which is why the crowds keep on cramming in. French pop and rock and Balkan folk maintain the bohemian vibe, as well as paintings by young artists decorating the walls, which change up every month...

  1. 78 rue Quincampoix, 3e
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La Perle

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The Pearl achieves a rare balance between all-day and late-night venue, and has a good gay? straight? whatever vibe. In the morning, it draws early risers; lunchtime is for a business crowd; the afternoon reels in retired locals, and in the evening, screenwriters rub elbows with young dandies, keeping one eye on the mirror and an ear on the electrorock. The menu runs from omelettes to salade marine. Expect a DJ later on...

  1. 78 rue Vieille du Temple, 3e
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Andy Wahloo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Andy Wahloo is a hip little bar that channels the king of pop art, Andy Warhol, through a Moroccan village (wahloo meaning ‘I have nothing’ in Arabic). In a pretty private building in the Marais owned by the Mazouz brothers, this kitsch alternative bar fits in nicely with its trendy neighbouring restaurants Le Derrière and Le 404. It’s decorated with kitchen supplies from 70s Moroccan homes – paint pots as poufs, washing powder packets papering the walls – and there’s a lovely tree-lined courtyard. During the day, stretch out here on cushions for a mint tea, in the calm, with mezze on hand (aubergine caviar, hummus)...

  1. 69 rue des Gravilliers, 3e
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Le Sherry Butt

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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A welcome compromise between Saint-Germain’s pullulating cocktail bars and the ultra-cool hipster hangouts of Bastille. Behind a discreet façade on a little Marais side street, Sherry Butt (whose young owners Amaury and Cathleen previously worked at Prescription Cocktails Club and Curio Parlour) hides two spacious long rooms filled with studded leather couches, huge mirrors and dim lighting. The space echoes the simultaneously relaxed and classy atmosphere of the best New York bars. Come here for top cocktails mixed by expert hands, and a distinguished selection of whiskies from all over the world...

  1. 20 rue Beautreillis, 4e
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L'Etoile manquante

L'Etoile manquante (c) Tania Brimson / Time Out

L'Etoile Manquante

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The hippest of Xavier Denamur's merry Marais bars. Cocktails are punchy, traditional tipples just as good, and the salads and snacks are reasonably priced and tasty - but it's the design and buzz that are the main draws. The decor is trendy but comfortable, embellished with interesting art. As in all Denamur's places, no visit is complete without a trip to the toilets: here, an electric train shuttles between cubicles, starlight beams down from the ceiling, and a hidden camera films you washing your hands. Just watch the small screen on the wall behind you...

  1. 34 rue Vieille du Temple, 4e
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L'Apparemment Café

L'Apparemment Café © Human Shape

L'Apparemment Café

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

The 'Apparently' feels more like a communal living room than a café. The low lighting, cosy nooks and board games (Trivial Pursuit and Taboo, both in French) make for an excellent place to while away an afternoon. Staff even organise the occasional fortune-telling evening. The location is perfect for shoppers too, being just off the rue Vieille-du-Temple. Lunches consist of simple DIY platters of meats, cheeses and salads, but at €15 for the basic version they're a bit rudimentary for the price. Eating is obligatory during busy periods, when it's definitely advisable to book...

  1. 18 rue des Coutures Saint-Gervais, 3e
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Bear's den

Bear's den Camille Griffoulières

Bear's Den

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

As the name implies, the Bear’s Den is Paris’s premier address for the cross section of the gay community known as bears. A bit older, hairier, and stockier, you won’t find these guys hanging out in the trendier, more refined bars. This lot carved out their niche on the fringe of the Marais on the lively Rue des Lombards where they fill the terrace and spill onto the street every night of the week, beers in hand.  Welcoming and friendly, if just a bit imposing, the crowd splits time between the ground floor and the dance floor in the cellar. Evening apéros featuring different cuisine, from Nordic munchies to Spanish-style tapas...

  1. 6 rue des Lombards, 4e
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Les Caves du Petit Thouars

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This micro-bar in the heart of the Temple area stands in stark contrast with the trendy dives that crowd the Marais. Despite the influx of hipsters, the Formica tables haven’t moved, the prices haven’t soared, and the menu hasn’t changed. You can still drink beers at union prices (€2.50) and some excellent wines by the glass (€2.50 to €3.50), or by the pichet (small carafe). Food is homemade dishes like marinated chicken skewers, tender rump steak with pepper sauce, or grilled lamb chops: good, simple and plentiful, it only costs around €10 for lunch or dinner (an extraordinary feat), and comes with thick-cut chips and homemade sauces...

  1. 12 rue Dupetit-Thouars, 3e
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3W café

3W café Camille Griffoulières

Le 3W Kafé

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

A convivial place where beautiful women go to have a drink, meet other women and listen to good music. There's a small dance space in the basement, and a number of theme nights every month. The three Ws stand for 'women with women'...

  1. 8 rue des Ecouffes, 4e
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Café Cox

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Café Cox

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The aptly named Cox bar is a mainstay, centrally located in the Marais on Rue des Archives where, on warmer evenings, the crowd spills onto the pavements with only a feeble chain rope to keep patrons from taking over the street. This watering hole attracts a manlier set of slightly older bikers and leather fans that seems intimidating at first, but if it’s your scene, prepare for a hearty welcome, even if you’re a bit younger with a full head of hair. And no, it hasn’t changed hands since it opened in 1995, but the décor does alternate every three months to keep things fresh. Ambiance is everything, after all...

  1. 15 rue des Archives, 4e
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CUD Bar

CUD Bar DR

Le CUD Bar

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4

When the bars and restaurants start close, the party is far from over in the Marais. Things at the Cud, an unfortunately-named but sinfully fun venue, start to heat up around 2am as party-seekers leave other venues for this classic and basic cave bar. Located off Rue du Temple on a tiny street, this is one of the best late-night spots in the Marais. The seating area upstairs is for amateurs, since the real party is in the vaulted cave below. Two bars serve pricey drinks all night long as the DJ spins a fun and current mix of pop tracks and house music – and he sometimes takes requests if you’re polite...

  1. 12 rue des Haudriettes, 3e
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La Fusée

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La Fusée

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Good bars are hard to find in this corner of Beaubourg, but Le Fusée attracts plenty of young people with its warm atmosphere, charming little terrace and reasonable prices for the area. Its hangings of coloured garlands go well with the ambiance, which includes live concerts of gypsy jazz, swing and chanson Française on Sundays. Inside, this ancient literary café has kept a quirky décor of kitsch old posters. You feel like you’re in a market café with the constant flow of people between the tables, the waitresses shouting orders while performing acrobatics to deliver the drinks. Bundles of sausages hang above the bar...

  1. 168 rue Saint-Martin, 3e
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L'Estaminet

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Bobo, yes, but still lovely. Insulated from the honking horns of the city, this place is a true oasis in central Paris. This small, organic canteen is warm and welcoming, a tavern for weary urban travellers in the heart of the Enfants Rouges market. Though somewhat difficult to find, it is far from secret – especially in summer when the colourful chairs come out to allow customers to enjoy the aromas of the market. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, and the ‘traditional’ menu (€20) is hearty and original. In addition to hot drinks and organic apple juice, take your pick from scrambled eggs, salad, assorted cheeses and cold cuts, fruit salad...

  1. 39 rue de Bretagne, 3e
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Tango Boîte à frissons

Tango Boîte à frissons

Le Tango (La Boîte à Frissons)

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Come too early in the evening and you’ll be more than welcome to join the couple’s tango class at this old dance hall. If that’s not your thing, wait until around 1am when the theme switches over to an all-out dance party in this gay hot spot tucked away on the northern edge of the Marais. The décor is still red and fiery with a touch of kitsch, but the wooden dance floor gives way to dancers jiving to Katy Perry and Rihanna instead of Juan d’Arienzo. Ladies and gents are all invited to Tango, though you’ll find mostly local boys looking to dance off the beers consumed in the neighbourhood’s many gay bars...

  1. 13 rue au Maire, 3e
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Candelaria

Candelaria

Candelaria

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Has Paris woken up to the temptations of the taco? Apparently so, thanks to this taqueria, with its almost totally expat clientele (English and American rather than Mexican). The tiny white room with its open kitchen, a few stools and communal tables doesn’t give a hint of the hip bar behind, where the neighbourhood’s youth come to sip margaritas or the house specials, like the guêpe verte [green wasp] (tequila, lime, pepper, cucumber, spices and agave syrup).On the food front, you have the choice between tacos and tostadas at very reasonable prices (€3 for one, €5.50 for two), full of ground meat or Mexican cheese and vegetables...

  1. 52 rue de Saintonge, 3e
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Lizard Lounge

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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A genial Marais bar with big windows that look out on to the street. Pushing open the door, you discover a bar full of ex-pats and Marais regulars all bundled together in an incomprehensible brouhaha. The menu is very Yankee, with XXL burgers, kangaroo steaks, pancakes and chicken, cheese and honey sandwiches. For Brits in search of a good beer selection this is a real find, with a long menu of imported bottles complemented by affordable house cocktails during happy hour. Downstairs, a vaulted stone cave serves as a dance floor. The ambiance heats up at the weekends...

  1. 18 rue du Bourg-Tibourg, 4e
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Café Suédois

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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The Café Suédois is an integral part of the Swedish Cultural Institute in the l'Hôtel de Marle, a magnificent mansion in the Marais built between the 15th and 18th centuries. You can while away a sunny afternoon with a good book in its peaceful paved courtyard, or retreat to the pretty café if it’s cold and wet. It’s a bit like eating at Ikea, but better. Every morning before opening, a passionate team of Swedish pastry chefs prepare fresh bread, elderflower cordial and a range of seasonal delicacies. The lunch menu consists of a selection of sandwiches...

  1. 11 rue Payenne, 3e
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© Camille Griffoulières

Stolly's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Don’t know what to do on Paddy’s day in Paris? Stolly’s is a good bet, a full throttle Irish pub in the middle of the Marais. Here, foreigners and the French mix freely, with plenty of laughter and clinking of glasses in a cheerful, if pretty raucous atmosphere. ‘Hangovers installed here!’ is the catchphrase, they do their best to deliver: beer is served in enormous 1.5 litre pitchers, setting the room spinning from a fairly early hour. If you’re off beer, there are cocktails or whisky, with a good menu of ten-year-old Scotches. The soundtrack is rock, and the delightful micro terrace gets a special mention, as good (heated) in winter as it is in summer...

  1. 16 rue Cloche-Perce, 4e
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Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou

Le Georges

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

When the Pompidou Centre closes at 9pm, those in the know head to the top floor via the transparent escalators to Georges, the museum’s panoramic French-fusion restaurant. From this privileged perch, you can watch the sun set over the capital’s steely rooftops and contemplate the art you’ve just admired, cocktail in hand. You’ll be fighting for table room with trendy after-work crowds, and the ice-cool service can be slower than an escargot, but it’s a small price to pay for such an unbeatable vantage over the whole sparkling city...

  1. Centre Pompidou, 4e
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So What !

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Le So What!

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Principally a hang-out for more mature gay women, there's no descrimination here and everyone can enjoy the DJ sets and well-balanced mojitos. Open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays...

  1. 30 rue du Roi de Sicile, 4e
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Le Café Livre

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

This charming café with a terrace in the shade of the Tour Saint-Jacques has lines and lines of books surrounding patrons inside. Since this is as central as can be, set just around the corner from the Hôtel de Ville, a cappuccino will set you back €6, but the atmosphere is pleasantly relaxing after a shopping marathon on rue de Rivoli. Food is served non-stop from noon to 11pm...

  1. 10 rue Saint-Martin, 4e
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Open café

Open café Camille Griffoulières

Open Café

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Open Café is an institution in the Marais where the gay community congregates at night before heading off in all directions. Centrally-located among all other hotspots, it’s a no-brainer to start a soirée, or to finish if the scene is good. Young and old, sporty and chic, local and foreign all collide for a happy hour (6-10pm) on pints followed by specials on Champagne until closing that provide the perfect social lubrication for the rest of the evening. A welcoming atmosphere makes this a good meeting point for friends or for a solo drink if you’re looking to make new acquaintances...

  1. 17 rue des Archives, 4e
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© Camille Griffoulières

Le Connétable

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Landlord! A pitcher of your finest ale! Given that a connétable was an Earl in charge of the royal stables, you half expect this place to turn out to be a Middle-Ages-themed tavern in the heart of the Marais. Which isn’t too far from the truth: this characterful bar with its exposed beams is set in the former mansion of the Cardinal du Retz, and is the HQ of night owls of all ages. The bar closes at dawn, so you have time to lose count of your tab, as one last drink becomes two, three and four...

  1. 55 rue des Archives, 3e
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© Camille Griffoulières

Le Baromètre

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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This unpretentious little bistro in the heart of the Marais is a good place for bacchanalian carousing. The chalkboard menu lists the sort of dishes a country French grandmother might have cooked, made with top quality products and accompanied by sophisticated local vintages. A glass of Montagne Saint-Emilion or Morgon Vieilles Vignes goes well with a gratin of andouillette (a strong-smelling intestine sausage), the house special of a hot streaky bacon tart, or deliciously tender faux-filet of beef from Salers. The fish is super fresh, with a choice of vegetables that varies with the daily deliveries. When they’re on the menu...

  1. 17 rue Charlot, 3e
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Petit fer à cheval

Petit fer à cheval Camille Griffoulières

Le Petit Fer à Cheval

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Gorgeously atmospheric, the rue Vieille du Temple in the Marais offers such a surfeit of cute boutiques, come-hither cafés and stylish bars that it can be difficult to pick a spot for lunch. Three of the venues on the street are run by the same outfit from Xavier Denamur – L’Etoile Manquante, La Belle Hortense and Le Petit Fer à Cheval – and this last is an excellent choice. Even a miniature Shetland pony would be pushed to squeeze his hoof into this fer à cheval (horseshoe) – the adorable little café, in business for more than 100 years, has one of France's smallest bars...

  1. 30 rue Vieille du Temple, 4e
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La Belle Hortense

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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A tranquil boozy and literary escape from the frenetically trendy streets of the Marais, La Belle Hortense with its pretty blue frontage is all about settling down with a good book and a nice wine. Hosting readings and literary events, the walls are lined with bottles and books, including new releases, rare volumes, independent poetry and classic collections. The wine list is enormous – quite pricy by the glass but much better value by the bottle or carafe – try a white Mâcon Solutré from the Bourgogne, a red Morgon Flache Somay, or splash out on top vintages like Saint-Emilion and Margaux...

  1. 31 Rue Vieille du Temple, 4e
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© C.G.

Raidd Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The infamous 'shower bar', Raidd welcomes a trendy mix of younger locals, innocent study abroad students, and other voyeuristic internationals to the Marais who don’t just come for the pricey drinks. Instead, they crowd around to ogle the scantily-clad go-go boys who make you feel dirty while they get clean, stripping down and lathering up in the glass shower by the bar. Each Thursday, Raidd has an extended shower show, featuring four different male specimens who take their time cleaning everywhere to make sure they get squeaky clean...

  1. 23 rue du Temple, 4e
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La Terrasse des Archives

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Perfectly situated on a little square right in the heart of the Marais district, la Terrasse des Archives is very popular with tourists and locals who gather in droves on its pretty enclosed terrace under the trees, which is heated in winter. The owners are pleasant and efficient, and always attentive even when the place is packed out. The menu isn’t cheap but offers traditional Parisian brasserie cooking, with salads, sandwiches and classic French dishes. Soft drinks are pretty exorbitant (a coke for €4.20), but then you’re paying for the spot and the area. The alcohol is rather more reasonable...

  1. 51 rue des Archives, 3e
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Wini June

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Wini June's virtual living room has become a favourite haunt of Paris fashionistas and designers, who lounge on the Empire-style or contemporary furnishings. Wine (served in crystal glasses) is accompanied by a selection of nibbles proffered by the attentive staff. The pint-sized terrace is an outdoor version of the interior, flanked with bamboo...

  1. 16 rue Dupetit-Thouars, 3e
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