Open Café

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Open Café
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Open café

Open Café is an institution in the Marais where the gay community congregates at night before heading off in all directions. Centrally-located among all other hotspots, it’s a no-brainer to start a soirée, or to finish if the scene is good. Young and old, sporty and chic, local and foreign all collide for a happy hour (6-10pm) on pints followed by specials on Champagne until closing that provide the perfect social lubrication for the rest of the evening. A welcoming atmosphere makes this a good meeting point for friends or for a solo drink if you’re looking to make new acquaintances. Grab a table on the sidewalk for some casual cruising and people-watching – and don’t be afraid to have a coffee or light lunch during the day when Open embraces the 'café' aspect of its name.

By: Bryan Pirolli


Venue name: Open Café
Address: 17 rue des Archives

Opening hours: 11am-2am Mon-Thur, Sun; 11am-4am Fri, Sat
Price: €€€€

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Tourists beware – bartenders are very rude and try to rip you off. Gave 20 Euros and bartender gave me change as if I had given him a 10... most tourists likely wouldn't have said anything but I did and he immediately gave me my due change, without any apology. Places like this give the French their bad reputation! 

A fun stop for sure. Service was pleasant but slow. Waited at tables for waiter then went to bar to get service. Bartenders would not provide service if seated at tables. Finally the server showed up after completing a round through a large section where regulars received preferred treatment over tourists. Seemed again to take forever to get a refill!