Over the past several years, Le Marais has blossomed into Paris’s trendiest district. The neighborhood was once the aristocratic center of the city, and later became the center of Jewish life. Since its recent rehabilitation, the area has been filled with art galleries, hip restaurants, and some of the French capital’s best bars.
Elegant arcades and kosher restaurants still fill the neighborhood where Victor Hugo once lived, and if you’re looking for natural wines or some of the best rated cocktail bars on the planet, you’ve found the spot. In Le Marais, the crowds are hip, the clothing chic, and the ideas innovative. Here are the 8 Best Bars in the French Capital’s Most Fashionable District.
Aux Deux Amis straddles the border of Le Marais and Folie-Méricourt. Located on bustling Oberkampf, the boisterous bar specializes in natural wine and cold charcuterie. Glasses and plates are served deep into the night and young Parisians pack the joint, buzzing around and making excellent spectacles of themselves.
Dressed in pale pink and sitting underneath an awning in Paris’s fashionable Marais neighborhood, Bisou does not have a cocktail menu. Instead, the bar crafts every drink toward visitors’ preferences. The concept creates an environment of exchange and conversation, helping imbibers express what they like, rather than just ordering their usual beverage.
If you’re looking for a classic speakeasy experience along with some of Paris’s tastiest tacos, Candelaria is certainly the right spot. The beverages are top notch, the food is delicious, and it’s a kick to walk your way through the wondering eyes of the front taqueria. The crowd leans international thanks to the bar’s worldwide recognition, and the service is some of the best around. Bartenders are quick with a smile and drink.
Le Mary Celeste has seemingly everything. The cocktails are some of the city’s best, the small bites border on extraordinary, and the space seems to create its own sense of floating revelry.
Hidden behind the kitchen of Hotel 1K’s Peruvian restaurant, INKA, La Mezcaleria brings Mexican-inspired food and drinks to Paris’s always fashionable Le Marais. The speakeasy style bar’s namesake spirit sits centerstage, but the food and artful decor brings a certain je ne sais quoi that makes La Mezcaleria one of the French capital’s best hideaways.
Little Red Door delivers one of the most thoughtful and creative cocktail experiences on the planet. While many of the world’s top bars concentrate on spectacle, delivering drinks the flashiest way possible, LRD creates an experience that makes you reflect on the world outside the bar.
Martin feels like its been in Le Marais for decades. Over the past few years, the surrounding district has blossomed into one of Paris’s most fashionable, and the bar acts as one of its best meeting points. The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere jovial and laid back, and the food is hard to beat. Throw in a couple of specialty Gin & Tonics, and you’ll be feeling right at home.
Sherry Butt feels miles away from its fashionable Marais address. Warm wood fills the space. The menu is scrawled across a chalkboard behind the bar. Low chairs cover the lounge area, creating a living room-type calm. From the moment you walk into Sherry Butt, you feel like you’re at home.