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République and Oberkampf area guide

Shabby chic in central Paris, from bars to boutiques

If it's a grungy night you're after, Rue Oberkampf and surrounding streets foot the bill nicely with row upon row of humming shabby-chic bars, many following the runaway success of Café Charbon and the adjoined Nouveau Casino club. Oberkampf's southern extremities are resolutely chic, however; especially in the 3rd, where ever-gentrifying streets around rue Vieille du Temple and République are awash with designers on the rise and old craft workshops. Rue Charlot is typical of the trend, with smart boutiques that rub shoulders with art galleries. In this part of town, those in the know head to Marché des Enfants Rouge, the city's oldest market (dating back to 1615), lined with food stalls each more fragrant than the next.


Le Bataclan This distinctive venue, fashioned like a Chinese pagoda with a distinctive multi-coloured façade, first opened in 1864 and remains admirably discerning in its booking of rock, world, jazz and hip hop acts. Le 114 This is one of Time Out's 100 best bars in Paris. Click here to see the full list. Just because there are already 36 rock bars in Oberkampf, you shouldn’t have to restrain your joy when a new one opens up. Opened in partnership with Puma Social... 

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L'Ilot At l’Ilot, you don’t have to pay Parisian prices for the best catch of the day. The venue is tiny but beautiful, with big slate menus, earthenware pots and white parquet, a bay window, a few photos on the walls and a terrace for nice days – it all has a solid, comfortable charm.Perch yourself on a stool and order your white wine, then browse the menu: €5 for a serving of taramasalata or tuna or salmon rillettes, €4.50 to €9.50 for pink or grey Madagascan prawns, €6.50 for whelks and €8 for... 

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Maison des Métallos What was once the HQ of France’s metallurgy union is now a hotbed of culture offering gallery and performance space to both up-and-coming and confirmed artists. Depending on the day, La Maison des Métallos (just south of Ménilmontant in the heart of a North African quarter) offers everything from slam and photography, to experimental film, dance and théâtre. There are also streams of urban culture workshops for teenagers, including highly coveted digital art sessions... 

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