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Chambre noire

Bars and pubs Folie-Méricourt
4 out of 5 stars
Chambre noire (© EP / Time Out Paris)
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Chambre noire (© EP / Time Out Paris)
© EP / Time Out Paris
Chambre noire (© EP / Time Out Paris)
© EP / Time Out Paris
Chambre noire (© EP / Time Out Paris)
© EP / Time Out Paris

A relaxed atmosphere and copious nibbles make this bar a top spot for an aperitif.

This natural wine bar is run by young part-time filmmaker Oliver Lomeli, a busy Mexican guy who also co-owns the adjoining Café Chilango. The bar space has an arty, half-finished look to it, tree branches protruding from its purposely unscrubbed walls. The decoration is all wooden tables, red roses, candles and various statues from an artist friend of the owner, who apparently intends for the bar to become a platform for local artists. In direct contrast to the buzzy brouhaha of the Chilango, Chambre Noire is quiet and subdued, in keeping with the bar’s understated vibe (‘Chambre Noire’ isn’t actually written anywhere outside, and the menu is only available behind the bar).

You can get a decent glass of red for €4 here, and the huge, fresh ‘Lagerita’ cocktail (craft beer, agave syrup, lemon, chilli seeds and mezcal) is certainly worth a look at €10. If you’re hungry, Lomeli offers nibbles on the bar for all to enjoy, with appetisers including fresh bread, great slabs of cheese, raw ham, gherkins and cherry tomatoes.


By: Elsa Pereira


Venue name: Chambre noire
Address: 82 rue de la Folie-Méricourt

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 7.30pm-1am
Transport: Metro: République
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