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Café Charbon

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4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
 (Café Charbon / © Olivia Rutherford)
Café Charbon / © Olivia Rutherford© Olivia Rutherford
 (Café Charbon / © Olivia Rutherford - Time Out Paris)
Café Charbon / © Olivia Rutherford - Time Out Paris
 (Café Charbon / DR)
Café Charbon / DR
 (Café Charbon / DR)
Café Charbon / DR

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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On the ever-bustling Rue Oberkampf, the Café Charbon is an institution that has been attracting nocturnal Parisians for more than a century. Created in 1900 in what was then an artisan’s quarter, this café dates from the Second Empire of Napoleon III and has all the style of the brasseries of another era, with its shiny bar, red banquettes, tarnished mirrors and high ceilings. Underneath the bar, you’ll find magnificent wrought iron lamps liberated from a night fishing boat. DJs keep the place animated on weekends, playing gentle world, pop and electro that keeps the local bohos happy. Avoid coming on weekend evenings, as the bar is always rammed and the waiters overwhelmed. The terrace is a particularly good bet in summer.




Address: 109 rue Oberkampf
Opening hours: 9am-2am Mon,Tue & Sun; 9am-3am Thur; 9am-4am Fri, Sat. Closed Aug.

Users say (4)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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I notice that the previous reviews are not recent.  We were there yesterday, when it was practically empty.  The architecture is impressive but the food is not.  Added to that, the manager is a vulgar and unpleasant individual.

Such a lovely place to spend an evening - good food, charming waiting staff, and (if you go on the right night) lize jazz from the mezzanine! Would highly reccomend. 

This place is as eclectic as its decor - fabulous family friendly place to brunch on a Sunday, and drink with a trendy Parisian crowd on a Saturday night.

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