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Café Moderne

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4 out of 5 stars
© Café Moderne
© Café Moderne

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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Original cocktails and meatballs make for a perfect combination at this cosy bistro.

At first glance, Café Moderne in the 11th arrondissement seems like the ultimate hipster hot spot: red brick walls, check; comics as décor, check; instagrammable menu options (in this case, cocktails and meatballs), check. But the cosy space has actually been around for years so it’s more than just a ‘concept’.  The added bonus: the bartender makes perfectly balanced cocktails.

The short food menu has three options: tartares, burgers or meatballs. On our visit, the day’s special meatballs were flavoured with veal and lardons and came with a side of potatoes (€12) – comfort food at its best.

But it’s the cocktails prepared by the expert mixologist behind the bar which make Café Moderne really worth a visit. Mido opened the bistro with his girlfriend after winning several international cocktail competitions, so you know he knows his stuff. He let us taste a whole range of his original recipes, including a fresh and delicious homage to Italy named the Baci Da Parigi, a mix of a martini and a rubino that was the perfect foil to those meatballs.


By: Zazie Tavitian



Address: 19 rue Keller
Transport: Metro: Bastille
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12noon-2pm & Tu-Sun 7pm-12mid
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