Just when it looked like Paris would be flooded with trendy loft-style watering holes, in came the credit crunch and out popped the idea of capitalising on the funky period features that already exist. Chez Jeannette (the bar) pioneered that idea a few years ago when Jeannette (the owner) sold her beloved joint to a young new team who promised not to change a thing – including the name. The monstrous 1940s dust-coated lights, leaky loos, tobacco-stained wallpaper and PVC-covered banquettes have finally been cleaned up (although the formica bar still gets sticky glass marks), and the café has become one of Paris’s hippest spots for an after-work bière. There’s a plat du jour at lunch and plates of cheese and charcuterie at night; at 8pm, the fluorescent lights go off and candlelight takes over to a cheer.
|Venue name:||Chez Jeannette|
47 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
|Opening hours:||8am-2am Mon-Sat; 9am-2am Sun.|