La Perle

Bars and pubs Le Marais
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The Marais hotspot now has cooking to match its cool.

Retro with orange leather bar stools, menu written on the mirror, teeny cups of espresso being supped by moustached men. La Perle might be a longtime Marais favourite, but what else is new? 

Owned and run by Jean-Philippe Nighoghossian - a Marseille man who works non-stop, rolling in on his two-speed bike and having a chat with employees and customers. His agitatedness is a good fit with his business - it’s hard to get a seat at La Perle.

Achieving a rare balance between all-day and late-night venue, in the morning La Perle welcomes early risers; lunchtime it's all business; the afternoon reels in retired locals, and in the evening, screenwriters rub elbows with young dandies. 

Weekday brunch or early on the weekend is a great time to enjoy the terrace and peoplewatch. But before people never came here for the food - with sad omlettes and overboiled meat. That's all changed with new chef Christophe Rousseau whose CV (Ritz, L’Arpège and George V) speaks for itself.

Tuck into pain perdu (a golden doorstop with cinnamon topped apple slices), a tower of pancakes, bircher muesli, scrambled eggs with twirls of pink smoked salmon. The fresh organic juices are worth a sip too.

Inside is filled with various modern art that Nighoghossian has collected, plus a hidden bedroom that you can rent through Airbnb. The ultimate artwork, the Kiss Kiss Room is a tiny 10m2 but covered with 1,000 mirrors - making it seem infinite. Just a shower, bed, and champagne fridge - the ideal booty call pad.

Plus, fashionistas might already know that disgraced John Galliano's rant happened on this very terrace, an event that boosted the establishment's popularity rather than harming it.

Basically, the Marais hotspot is still cool - just with miles better food. 

By: Alice White Walker


Venue name: La Perle
Address: 78 rue Vieille du Temple

Opening hours: 6.30am-2am Mon-Fri; 8am-2am Sat, Sun.
Transport: Metro: Saint-Paul or Filles du Calvaire

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I was in Paris for a vacation and I met for the first time in the Marais district of Paris. Beautiful, quaint, and in which the air is truly Parisian, full of small shops and art galleries. A note of the style it deserves because it also houses the Brasserie La Perle, delightful place, right in the French style, with simple furnishings and comfortable, convenient location, accessible, near many tourist .... and the dishes are delicious, plentiful and excellent quality! The staff is also friendly, fast and efficient. I would recommend it for lunch or for a breakfast, I was really very pleased with it and will definitely be back as soon as I get the chance. Maybe you want to try the nightly version, I've heard good things! Guys, this marked address in your travel notes!