Like its mammalian namesake, Walrus is something of a rarity in Paris: a record shop that doubles up as a bar-cum-café. The concept is rooted in necessity: record sales just don't pay the rent nowadays. To judge by its spacious layout and gleaming fittings, Walrus seems designed with the coffee-drinking flâneur in mind; the impressive range of rock and indie LPs notwithstanding, people mostly come here to chat and chill rather than jam. Beer, coffee and that great emblem of Berlin rave culture Club Maté are all stocked. And if you've come for the music, fear not: listening booths are on hand for you to sample the shop's collection. A valuable addition to the capital's revitalised record scene.
34 ter rue de Dunkerque
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thu 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 2-7pm|
|Transport:||Métro : Anvers ou Gare du Nord|