SFP Neighborhood Guide | 11th Arrondissement

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The 11th arrondissement has fast become one of the most popular neighborhoods for eating out in Paris. With some famous favourites such as Septime and Pierre Sang, this arrondissement has something for everyone, but with the vast amount of choices it can often be difficult to decide where to go! Allow us to help you explore the 11th like a local, and try out some of our favourite places to eat, drink, shop and stay for a weekend getaway in Paris.

Restaurants

 

Salt restaurant – Photo courtesy of SFP 

 

Salt
6 Rue Rochebrune, 75011
Located just off the charming Square Gardette in the heart of the 11th arrondissement, Salt is the creation of the British men behind the Express Bar, and Australian Abigail Snellgrove, who heads the front-of-house. Walking into Salt, you receive a lovely warm welcome from the staff and their passion for seasonal, fresh ingredients translates into the menu. Largely fish focused, beautiful plates are artfully churned out of the open kitchen with flavours influenced by Chef Daniel Morgan’s travels to Japan, Sweden, Denmark and India. Pair your courses with natural wines or artisanal beers or some of their lovely eco-juices and teas. There is a very reasonable lunch menu and even a charming private dining table for eight downstairs.

 

Cocktail bar set up for aperitivo at Ober Mamma – Photo courtesy of SFP

 

OberMamma
107 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011
Very shortly after the extremely successful opening of East Mamma,  came OberMamma by Victor and Tigrane who decided to open another branch but this time with a cocktail bar. Styled once again by Martin Brudnizki, the 2nd edition (out of 6!) to the Mamma family reveals itself little by little: a long terrace on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, a massive aperitivo each day, moldings and cured hams hung from the ceiling, and a very trattoria popolare backroom under the big glass roof bordered by hanging plants, with a view of the kitchens and the wood-fired oven. This is a great restaurant for groups and kids, and the food is deliciously authentic, you’ll feel as though you stepped into a restaurant in Italy. 

 

Bistrot Paul Bert – Photo courtesy of Bistrot Paul Bert

 

Bistro Paul Bert
18 Rue Paul Bert, 75011
When you walk into Bistro Paul Bert you immediately know you are in Paris. The classical French decor, well dressed French waiters, and a menu full of typical French and seasonal cuisine is a paradise for carnivores. Here you’re unlikely to find many non-French speakers, as it seems to have become quite the hub for lunch business meetings, or French family dinners, and we have to say the food is excellent. If you prefer, to choose something a la carte, then the options are endless. The team strive to please the old faithful clientele of Paul while broadening their culinary horizons with oyster “bon bons” and other twists on an otherwise classic menu. The option of a 21€ three course lunch is also available and is a great place to start.

 

Clamato – Photo courtesy of Hip Paris Blog

 

Clamato
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011
This casual eatery churns out some serious seafood chow. From the brains behind the famed Septime, we love little sister Clamato, a small-plate seafood haven. Decorated in all reclaimed wood, you will feel like you are below deck munching on expertly prepared clams, oysters, and whatever the fishermen caught that day. The expertise, class, and precision of the food and decor of Clamato will leave you shouting the name from the rooftops of Paris! One thing to note is that the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but you can also have one of their delicious cocktails whilst waiting for a table! 

 

Coffee shops

 

The Hood – Photo courtesy of SFP

 

The Hood
80 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011
One of the trendier coffee shops in the 11th arrondissement is the Brooklyn inspired, speciality coffee cafe, The Hood. Not only does this place serve great coffee, freshly made pastries, lunches and breakfast foods, but it’s also a great space to connect with people, and, most importantly, hosts live music sessions regularly. Not just your typical coffee shop! Anyone and everyone is welcome here to eat, work, or jam to the music, in this relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Don’t leave without tasting their banana bread, trust us!

 

The Beans on Fire coffee shop – Photo courtesy of SFP

 

The Beans on Fire
7 Rue du Général Blaise, 75011
The Beans on Fire is a popular coffee shop in the Square Gardette where you can go to learn about roastings, cuppings, and discover the world of coffee. Having opened in November 2015, they’ve only become increasingly popular. This is a great place to go for a coffee catch up with a friend, brunch at the weekend, or just a place to take your laptop and work for the day whilst drinking quality, and much needed, coffee to fuel your day!

 

Cocktail bars

 

Cocktail hour at Pas de Loup – Photo courtesy of SFP

 

Pas de loup
108 Rue Amelot, 75011
This charming little cocktail bar located just off rue Oberkampf is a great place to begin your evening with an apéro. From the outside, this place doesn’t look like much, but do not let this put you off! As you step into the bar and walk through you’ll immediately feel it’s cozy atmosphere with wooden decor and an open kitchen to watch the chefs at work! American woman, Amanda Boucher, who became famous for her cocktail work at Candelaria in the Marais, decided to open her own cocktail bar that serves cleverly creative cocktails, paired with equally thoughtful plates.  We highly recommend the When Doves Cry cocktail if you’re a fan of cachaça and if not, well, there are plenty of other choices on the menu to chose from that you will not have tried elsewhere!

 

The bar at Moonshiner’s – Photo courtesy of Paris by Mouth

 

Moonshiner
5 Rue Sedaine, 75011
A superbly convincing speakeasy bar, complete with a hidden entrance, piles of vintage barware, and Gatsby style decorations. Grab a wood-oven pizza at the Italian restaurant at the same address and then walk through the meat fridge into the hidden cocktail bar in the back for an after dinner drink. Although they specialise in whiskey, Moonshiner also offers around 20 different elaborate cocktails, with each drink served discreetly tucked inside a book. If you have difficulty choosing from their varied menu, ask mixologist to customise a cocktail for you, just the way you like it! 

 

To do:

 

Marche de Belleville – Photo courtesy of Paris ZigZag

 

Marché de Belleville
Boulevard de Belleville, 75011
One of our favourite things to do when visiting another city is discover their local markets. The Marche de Belleville is about as local as it gets in Paris, selling fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers, fabrics, and more, and is commonly known as one of the cheapest markets in Paris. Be sure to visit on a Tuesday or Friday as these are the only two days of the week that the market opens. This is a great place to discover the local Paris and see the Parisians do their weekly grocery shopping, walking past the vendors who are singing out their prices a cappella. You will certainly hear a real mix of languages spoken as you walk through the marché which is just one part of the buzzing atmosphere. You’ll be sure to pick up a few decent buys here, whether it’s a snack to eat along the way, Indian fabric at discounted prices, or local ingredients to make up your dinner that evening.

 

Le General Hotel suite – Photo courtesy of Le General Hotel

 

Le Général Hotel
5/7 rue Rampon, 75011
Tucked away in a quiet and peaceful street, just away from the buzz that comes from the Avenue de la République is the trendy Hotel Le Général. The lifestyle and contemporary hotel designed by J.P Nuel boast beautifully coloured and modern rooms and also has a massage service and a well-equipped gym available for guests to use. Being located at the cross of the Marais and the vibrant 11th arrondissement, means you are just walking distance from some of the best bars, cafes, historical monuments and museums, as well as theatres and fashion boutiques.
Price : From €130 per night

 

Club room at Hotel Fabric – Photo courtesy of SFP

 

Hotel Fabric
31 rue de la Folie Méricourt
Formerly an industrial building for textile workshops in the Oberkampf district, the Hotel Fabric kept its name true to form and transformed into a stylish hotel without losing its industrial workshop charm. The architects and interior designers have maintained a functional ambience mixed with an inspiring modernity. Not only does the boutique hotel offer spacious and comfortable rooms, but a spa, fitness room, hammam, and massage services are also at your disposal. You really couldn’t ask for more!
Price : From €192 per night

 

SFP Tip : Go have an apéritif at Le Perchoir bar on rue Crespin du Gast in the 11th and enjoy the spectacular and lesser known rooftop view of Paris. It’s best to go just before sunset so that you can watch the day fall to night before heading next door to Gossima for ping pong and beer!

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