Paris wouldn’t be Paris without its local bistros and bars. With their old zinc bars and animated conversation, cafes and other bars-tabacs (bar tobacconists) are typical of Paris.
Aux Folies, in Belleville, is a traditional brasserie that has become trendy over the years. At first glance, with its neon lights and mismatched chairs, this popular bar doesn’t seem particularly special, but it is a favourite with Parisians.
In the 9th arrondissement, Le Béguin transports you back in time to the 1950s. The zinc drinks bar and coal stove are authentic period pieces and the music is predominantly rock n roll and swing.
Le Zorba, a bar-PMU (betting bar) of choice for night owls along rue du Faubourg Temple, has a cheerful vibe with DJ sets, concerts and a dance floor on the lower ground floor. In recent years, vintage venues have become hip like glossy cocktail bars inspired by the past.
L’Entrée des Artistes, close to Cirque d’Hiver, is a small and friendly bar with an aura of the past.