Insider’s guide to Paris micro-bars
In Paris, little places can have big appeal. While the French capital has an incredible variety of places to drink, micro-bars are doing particularly well at the moment. ‘Small is beautiful’ is definitely the latest trend when it comes to watering holes.
What exactly are micro-bars? They are small – sometimes tiny – spaces that people are willing to squeeze into because of their idiosyncratic appeal and decor and friendly, animated atmosphere.
Most people go to a micro-bar for an aperitif before heading on elsewhere, though you can also join a crowd of regulars for a quick meal, or drop in later for a nightcap. Micro-bars are not an all-new phenomenon in Paris: seasoned night owls have long been familiar with places like Chez Camille in the Abbesses district and Zéro Zéro on Rue Amelot. The reason these mini-bars have become so popular in recent times is that Parisians are increasingly seeking out lesser-known and insider-only places to meet up for a drink. Micro-bars can be quiet spots away from the city’s bustle or be heaving with people, depending on the time of day and which day of the week you choose to go, so unless you check ahead of time you should be prepared for a crowd.