Move northwards from the busier Jaures area of the Canal de l’Ourcq, and you’ll find a calm little spot where you can enjoy an idyllic view of the Quai de la Marne. Café Odilon opened its doors at the end of April 2016, just in time for the summer, during which customers will be able to enjoy a generously ratio-ed spritz (or two) in the neo-vintage interior and bask in the sunshine that pours through the large bay windows.
Besides the fine Italian aperitifs, the wine list here also impresses, with its carefully curated selection of five reds, two whites and a rosé – and if you’re unsure of what to go for, the barman will helpfully guide you. His suggestion of the organic Saint-Nicholas de Bourgueil from the Domaine du Mortier is delightful, while the Chinon (Tète Red) is beautifully fruity. The craft beers are slightly less convincing, with the Aubrac pale ale from the Brasserie d’Olt particularly underwhelming. However, the food lifts our spirits, as large doughy pizzas to share prove a great accompaniment to a cool glass of white wine.
For those who don’t want to leave the kids with a babysitter, don’t fret – the bar sells itself as ideal for a family evening out (admittedly rare for Paris), notably offering well-equipped changing facilities for babies.
TRANSLATION: FLORA HUDSON