In reality Le Zèbre de Belleville was built in 1945 as a cinema, but a distinct Art Deco feel reigns, making you feel like you’ve stepped back into an Années Folles nightclub where Mistinguett might appear any minute. Coined 'the smallest cabaret in Europe', it hosts nouveau circus acts, magic, music hall and cabaret, including the Cabaret Cirque Russe, which entertains the crowds over dinner. The price (€69) includes a three course, Russian-influenced meal (think Saint Petersburg chicken with tarragon and solovitch cream cake). Kids are catered for on Wednesdays and weekends, with circus workshops that include trapeze swinging, clown ateliers and acrobatics.
In the Roaring Twenties, Paris was jazz hot, glamorous and fashionable; and making merry in clubs and bars was the name of the game. This was the era that saw performers Joséphine Baker, Maurice Chevalier and Mistinguett shoot to stardom. For the first time in history automobiles drove people to picture houses, women danced the Charleston in revealing flapper dresses, and life (now that the ashes of World War I had settled) seemed to brim with new opportunity. Of course, the Wall Street crash and the Great Depression soon put a stop to that; but the legacy of the Années Folles lives today on in theatres and jazz clubs across central Paris. Here are our suggestions for a glamorous night out – Joséphine Baker style – with or without your banana belt.