Bastille, Oberkampf, Menilmontant, Buttes Chaumonts
There is something very appealing about this enigmatic pseudo-Japanese ‘squat’ restaurant that has popped-up (pardon the pun) in a funky old Yakitori restaurant in the 12th. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that the ephemeral underground foodie operation could be shut down at any given moment. Perhaps it’s the particularly quirky urban grunge meets harijuku setting. Perhaps it’s the ever-evolving divinely mouth-watering tasting menu. Whatever the reason, be sure to book a table tout de suite because the only thing that is certain is that Restaurant Clandestino won’t be around for long.
Just to confuse us expats even more, the French have invented a nifty little way of inversing real words to make rad new slang words (ouf is the new fou, meuf is the new femmes and cimer is the new merci, etc). So, already bearing the name of my favourite author inversed, James Henry – Paris’ chef du moment – was destined to be cool in France from the very start.
Bistro food malaise? Say hello to Le Tiffin, the Indian joint in the Bastille neighbourhoodthat’s trying to add some colour to your drab Parisian diet.
Located in the trendy Bastille Charonne area, Lazy Dog is a key cultural figure of the neighbourhood. This is a real concept store, offering a selection of books and organizing exhibitions and meetings with known illustrators like Parra or Akroe.
Even if the name doesn‘t indicate it, this is an Italian restaurant. In a quiet street in the noisy Bastille area, this restaurant has had famous customers such as Christian Lacroix or Emma de Caunes.
This hotel designed by Starck, conceived by the French philosopher Cyril Aouizerate and the founders of the Club Med also got a restaurant.