Comptoir Général

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Comptoir Général / © Camille Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
Comptoir Général / © Camille Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
Comptoir Général / © Camille Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
Comptoir Général / © Camille Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
Comptoir Général / © Camille Griffoulières - Time Out Paris
Canal Saint Martin

Eclectic, easy-going venues like this are more common in Barcelona than in Paris, but here in an old 600 square-metre barn is this offbeat, shabby chic bar, touched with colonial stylings in its black and white tiled floors, stylish chandeliers, red carpets and African souvenirs piled up in every corner. As you walk in, the size of the space blows you away – two enormous, shadowy rooms connected by a smoking area formed from a tropical garden in an enormous greenhouse that creates a well of light in the centre of the venue. In another corner sits a cabinet of curiosities, full of neat rows of skeletons, rare bird feathers and stuffed animals.


Hipsters, boho-chic types and families are all tumbled in together here – a varied but very Parisian mix. We love the atmosphere of the place and its amazing setting, with its odd assortment of armchairs, affordable cocktails, blues and jazz soundtrack and menu of inexpensive Asian dishes. On the downside, a battle for seating rages in the evenings, and the queue outside that builds from 8pm can stretch waiting times into hours. To be sure of enjoying the venue – hidden behind a block of houses on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin – come as early as possible. On weekends, a Franco-African brunch is on offer at €16, but try and reserve, as it’s often full.

Venue name: Comptoir Général
Address: 80 quai de Jemmapes

Opening hours: Tous les jours de 11h à 1h
Transport: Métro : Goncourt ou Jacques Bonsergent
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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Geneva Gleason


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This bar makes you feel like a true young, hip Parisian. Cocktails are €6-8 and beer is €6.50 for a pint. The atmosphere both inside and out is incredible. Don't be put off when they ask your for a donation at the door--I put in 50 cents and they were satisfied. Totally worth a visit, I'll be back!

Steve B
Staff Writer

This place is just awesome. The vibe is very chilled out and the cocktails are probably the best I've had in Paris!