Looking for unusual cafes in Paris?

I love sitting in cafes in Paris, watching the world go by, daydreaming of nothing in particular.  The babble of voices of clientele and waitstaff in the background, the aroma of fresh espresso, and the delivery of a cafe creme, served with grand panache, breaks my reverie and brings me back down to earth.

Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh … what could be better than this??

I thought it might be fun to list some cool cafes, each offering a different experience, where you can meet the Parisians and get to know them. Here goes!

Feel like singing … in a cafe?

Le piano qui chante : The Singing Piano

Like to warble a few tunes?  Le Piano qui chante enables everyone to sing their favourite songs – popular French tunes, a miscellany of others  get-together regularly to sing along with piano accompaniment by Bernard Toubiana.

Lucioles (bar-restaurant) : 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month:
102 bd M�nilmontant
75020 Paris
Metro : M�nilmontant
Booking: 01 40 33 10 24
At 9pm, admission free

Caf� de la Gare : 2nd Friday of each month:
1 place H�bert
75018 Paris
Metro : Max Dormoy
Tel : 01 46 07 19 18
7pm-10pm, admission free

Gobe Lune : 2nd Saturday of each month:
14 rue de Bagnolet
75020 Paris
M�tro : Alexandre Dumas
At 10.30pm, admission free
Come early and have dinner.

Caf� Puce (bar restaurant) : 4th Thursday of each month:
68 avenue de la R�publique
75011 Paris
M�tro : Saint Maur ou Parmentier.
Tel : 01 47 00 64 64
Admission free, 8pm-11pm

Unusual Cafes to visit

Dr�le d�Endroit Pour Une Rencontre [DEPUR] : A Strange Place for an Encounter

Drop by the Dr�le d�Endroit Pour Une Rencontre for an interesting time – on the walls you can see clothes pegs and clothes lines carry adverts for flat-shares or ideas for exchanges. Looking for love?  You can read through the identification sheets (in French and English) and maybe find ‘the one’. Try the brunches, and don’t miss the daily changing themes … soir�es �psy�, �work in progress�, �girls out�, �culture cocktail�, �Depur privatisation�, �sessions IPOD and DJ�s’. Well worth a visit.

Dr�le d�Endroit Pour Une Rencontre
46, rue Caulaincourt 75018 Paris
T�l : 01 42 55 14 25
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1.30am. Sunday from 12 midday to midnight.

La Fl�che d�or : The Golden Arrow

Would you believe this used to be a Petite Ceinture station?  This  bar hosts popular films, fashion shows, concerts, record conventions and encounters. Have a bite to eat and don’t forget to enjoy the terrace in summer.
La Fl�che d�Or
102, bis rue de Bagnolet 75020 Paris
T�l : 01 44 64 01 02


Do you like musical shows?  Then a visit to The Arambar caf�-theatre is for you.

7, rue de la Folie M�ricourt
75011 Paris
Tel: 01 48 05 57 79

La Passerelle

These premises used to house a coffee machine repair shop but now it organises weekly concerts, film screenings, storytelling evenings, debates and exhibitions. You can also visit their bookshop, a grocery store selling fair trade products and an organic market on Wednesday afternoons. It is possible to eat here too.
Open Tuesday to Thursday from 4pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 2am, Monday from 7pm to midnight.

La Passerelle
3, rue Saint-Hubert 75011 Paris
T�l : 01 43 57 04 82
Internet : http://alapasserelle.org

Le 9 Billards

There’s definitely billiars, a dance hall, and a range of other fun things to do at the 9 Billiards – try the tango, chats over the counter, or musical blind-tests, concerts, workshops, record swaps, readings, screening of short films.  You’ll never run out of things to do at the 9 Billards.

179, rue Saint-Maur 75010 Paris
T�l : 01 40 40 05 42
Open every day from 7am to 1:00am in the morning

Do you like Board Games? Visit these cafes to play along

Le caf� Titon

�A quoi tu joues? � (What are you playing?)  Want to spend an enjoyable and fun Sunday afternoon with board games?

Sundays  4pm to 10pm. Free admission and free event (but drink required).

34 rue Titon (11�me )
M� : Charonne, rue des Boulets ou Faidherbe-Chaligny
Bus : 76, 56 ou 46

Les Trois Arts

he association �A quoi tu joues?� (�What are you playing at?�) now has a reserved no-smoking area. Takes place every first Tuesday of each month at the Trois Arts from 7pm.
Admission free, but it’s best if you buy a drink.

21 rue des Rigoles (20e)
T�l : 01 43 49 36 27
M� Gambetta, Jourdain

La Taverne

Play board games at la Taverne caf� on the last Sunday of each month (except in December).
From 4pm at La Taverne
21 rue des Trois Bornes – 75011 Paris
Metro : Parmentier
Free entrance: you will need to buy a drink

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