We love La Rotonde, but to be honest it’s hard to know what it really was or where it was going. The space at Jaures is a bar and restaurant; sometimes a design market, with private parties and vinyl sales at the same time. In fact, it seems that La Rotonde has been heading towards becoming La Grand Marché Stalingrad for a while.
There’s a huge terrace with two booths where you can buy something to eat and drink from Zarma - a very luxury Greek place. Drinks? Mojitos, softs and 1664 (€8 the pint) are all fairly mainstream considering the change of scene. At the moment the terrace is open from 4pm to 2am from Tuesday to Sunday and events will soon be held there every Thursday night.
Head inside and a huge 120-seat restaurant awaits - Trattoria. With two Napolitan chefs heading the kitchen with corsican produce, from a classic margherita to a speciality lasagne made from broccoli, grilled vegetables and parmesan. Add to that an Italian epicerie at the entrance of the Rotonde, as well as a florist specialising in japanese arrangements, whose stand sits in front.
The space offers visitors the chance to take off with the furniture (not for free, of course): from the forks on the table to the tables themselves. Prices range from €5 up to €5,000. A cubbyhole style bar is going to offer homemade lunches and boards (with corsican products we hope). And on the first floor they’ll be a concept store - La Boutique Curieuse - from September.
The exhibition area soon welcomes Taher Jaoui and the nightclub Mini Club, with several parties organized by very cool little collectives. La Rotonde will still host ‘Disk Day’, with its vinyl market and concerts. Pizzas, music and beer: everything you need to set up camp by the canal.
Where: Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, Paris 19th.
When: Tues-Sat from 9am-1am; Sun, midday-10pm. dimanche de midi à 22h. Trattoria open midday-3pm and 7pm-11pm.