Saturday, 22 August 2009

Paradise is a bar called Paradise

Walking round Paris is always a joy, but there's something extra special about being sat at the terrace of a café and watching the Parisian world go by. There's certainly plenty to see, and our favourite place to people watch is here at Le Paradis: Paradise.

It may be slightly more expensive than some places, and the terrace is rather tightly packed, but money couldn't buy the entertainment you'll get here. Strategically placed at the crossroads of a pedestrian area, with its terrace facing due south, it's a piece of paradise that will wear you neck muscles out as you look left, then right, then left, then right, laughing into your beer/wine/champagne à la violette (if you like that sort of thing).

We suggest placing yourself on the front terrace (above) for the best view, surrounded by old-style Parisian buildings. Arriving from in front of you: clueless shoppers coming from rue de Rivoli, having maxed out their credit cards at H&M and Zara (even though they have them at home)...

From behind you, countless tourists or half-lost semi-obese families piling down from the Pompidou Centre, looking for a pizza restaurant, or MacDonalds, or anything that's not too French...

To your left, pretty camp young things and flighty schoolgirls walking down to Châtelet from the BHV department store and the Marais, either scowling to look cool or laughing hysterically...

And from your right, a hilarious collection of gays making the same journey but in the other direction, from public transport hub Châtelet to the Marais ghetto.

Indeed, Le Paradis is just where rue des Lombards becomes rue de la Verrerie (at the corner of rue Saint Martin) and has a number of gay-friendly establishments very nearby (two bars, a couple of restaurants and even a gay record shop), the most notable probably being The Bear's Den, with its tiny terrace (standing room only) packed with the hairiest, big-bellied benders in the whole of France! Another reason for sitting in Le Paradis to watch it all go by.

We recommend going to Le Paradis for a pre- or after-dinner drink. If you have a sense of humour and a sense of observation, you won't regret it.

You'll find Le Paradis (and a host of other great stuff situated near the Great Apartment) on our Google map here: www.tinyurl.com/nearthegreatapartment

1 commentaires:

bruno1 said...

The grestest little bar in Paris. We have been coming to this bar from New Zealand most years since 2002. It may not be the cheapest but the best spot to sit, watch, have a laugh and restore your faith in mankind.