As soon as you step into L’Embuscade, you instantly feel at home. Filled with locals of all ages, this lived-in bar hums with French chatter, lending it a relaxed vibe that contrasts with the bustle of the nearby Boulevard Richard Lenoir. With its cute mosaicked floor and walls plastered with photos of mid-20th century stars (Elvis Presley, Jacques Brel et al), it’s generally a cosy place to while away the evening and certainly isn’t concerned with appearing ‘cool’. But therein lies its charm.
Regulars take their time over drinks, like the superb red craft ale from Parisian microbrewery La Baleine (just €5 a pint), while food follows a simple yet comforting provincial slant. We highly rate the duck pâté (€5) and the Espelette pepper terrine (€5), as well as the generously sized cheese board (€7). On Fridays, it’s free couscous night.
TRANSLATION: FLORA HUDSON