Northeast Paris is a true haven for leisure-seekers and party-goers alike – although both types of Parisians are not always out at the same time of the day.
The Bassin de la Villette seems like a peaceful oasis away from the hectic traffic, a place to relax during a game of pétanque by the water, or sharing a beer with friends on a colorful peniche. And what can one say about the bucolic Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, one of the largest green spaces in the French capital? Don’t miss its most excentric features, notably the replica of an ancient Roman temple crowning a hill surrounded by water, or the hidden underground waterfall.
The environment changes drastically when venturing further north. Built over the legendary slaughterhouse district that smoked out the surrounding neighborhoods of Eastern Paris for nearly a century, the Parc de la Villette is a retrofuturistic area that always manages to surprise. Around the massive Cité des Sciences, the vast green space features a wide range of live music venues – it’s no wonder many Parisians converge from all arrondissements to party there until dawn.
Whether you’re here for a stroll along the canal or to attend a funky DJ-set, you may want to enjoy a refreshment on your way. Where are the best spots to grab a drink in the 19th arrondissement of Paris?
À la Folie
Take a relaxing break while exploring the La Villette area in one of its « Folies », the modern red buildings adorning norteast Paris’ iconic green space. One of the most popular of these pavilions, À la Folie boasts a dense cultural program and hosts popular club nights.
Parc de La Villette, Folie L2, 26 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)7 76 79 70 66
Le Bar Fleuri
Check out this unassuming neighborhood bar for a typically Parisian experience. Facing the contemporary art center Le Plateau, le Bar Fleuri is in the heart of a pleasant neighborhood south of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
1 Rue du Plateau, 75019 Paris
Drawing a constant crowd of local hipsters this bar has an ideal location by the Bassin de la Villette. A perfect spot to relax after a game of pétanque by the water.
68 Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris
A classic Parisian café close to the Bolivar métro station. Enjoy a drink on the terrace sprawling around the street corner before exploring the Canal Saint-Martin, the Bassin de la Villette or the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.
+33 (0)1 42 00 17 52
The « hidden café » is a great place to have a drink while exploring the cultural center Le Centquatre. The Café Caché has a pleasant patio and hosts regular events such as creative workshops and art exhibits.
+33 (0)1 42 05 38 40
Popular neighborhood bar with low prices, lively terrace and warm neon lightings.
44 Boulevard de la Villette, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)9 53 05 93 36
Café Mama Kin
Close to the Canal de l’Ourcq, this charming corner bar welcomes a lively crowd of locals. It features various events such as reggae nights, cervoise tastings, and art events.
13 Rue de Thionville, 75019 Paris
Lovely little café directly facing the Canal de l’Ourcq. The Café Odilon serves pizza and organic wines.
+33 (0)1 40 36 18 22
16 Quai de la Marne, 75019 Paris
A charming corner café facing a peaceful little square, the Café Parisien is the perfect spot to relax with a book while enjoying this little-known neighborhood of the French capital.
2 Place de Rhin et Danube, 75019 Paris
Les Chics Types
Ideally located between the Bassin de la Villette and the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, this pleasant eatery serves drinks, burgers and salads on a large terrace. Good to know: « the nice guys » welcome you from 9am to 2am.
20 Avenue de Laumière, 75019 Paris
Le Comité is a charming neighborhood bar facing the entrance to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Design-minded patrons will appreciate the tasteful interior decoration.
6 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
This classic Parisian bistrot is located at a street corner of the lively Rue de la Villette. A haven for residents of the Jourdain neighborhood, L’Escargot is also a restaurant serving quality comfort food.
50 Rue de la Villette, 75019 Paris
This unassuming café-bar and concert venue is just a few steps away from the Canal Saint-Denis and the Parc de La Villette. Live music enthusiasts appreciate the Espace B’s indie line-up and intimate yet vibrant setting.
16 Rue Barbanègre, 75019 Paris
A vegan classic with a surprisingly discreet exterior, diners enter into a warmly lit classical French bistrot featuring a wrap around bar. Patrons are greeted by a friendly staff and local brews at this convivial restaurant complete with a terrace. Le Faitout is a go to spot for both tapas and French vegan comfort food. Plan ahead, and you might even make it to one of their lively jazz nights!
23 Avenue Simon Bolivar, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 08 07 09
Artsy café with an ambitious events schedule including concerts, open mics and drag shows.
123 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
La Gare Jazz
Housed in a former train station of the Petite ceinture, this avant-garde venue opened in 2017. Specializing in jazz music, La Gare really comes to life after dark! Check out its ambitious event calendar to see some of the best jazz shows in Paris.
1 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris
Grand Marché Stalingrad
Set in the historic Rotonde de la Villette (built 1788) under the elevated line 2 of the Paris metro, this fancy footcourt makes for a pleasant lunch or dining experience. The outdoor terrace is a pleasant spot to have a drink when summer comes, as cheap eateries set their stands on the adjacent square.
6-8 Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, 75019 Paris
+33 (0)1 80 48 33 40
This floating bar-café is also a cultural center, featuring live art performance and regular exhibits. The péniche is managed by a local association aiming to bring together artists and residents of the neighborhood.
3 Quai de l’Oise, 75019 Paris
Le Local Rock
This unassuming little bar on the edge of the Parc de la Villette serves well-priced drinks in a chill atmosphere. Its lively terrace is perfect to take a break after a walk along the nearby canal.
206 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Popular among locals, this neighborhood dive bars has an underground floor, hosting karaoke nights and even DJ sets.
137 Rue de Crimée, 75019 Paris
This hip bar-café with a wide terrace overlooks a peaceful alley of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. The location is ideal, but prices remain above average for the neighborhood.
Avenue Darcel, 75019 Paris
Pavillon des Canaux
A lovely pavilion on the banks of the Bassin de la Villette, a popular chilling spot for the residents of Eastern Paris. The venue is furnished like a real house which patrons can explore, chosing to sit in the living room, kitchen – or even in the bathroom’s tub!
39 Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris
Péniche Antipode is a floating café-bar and concert venue moored at the Bassin de la Villette. It offers surpringly low prices, a large terrace on the water, ethical products, and even an indoor venue. Managed by the local association Abricadabra, it features regular concerts as well as community and cultural events including theatre.
Facing 55 Quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris
Le Poulpe Belleville
Set in a quiet corner street of the otherwise busy Belleville neighborhood, this classic Parisian bar draws many hip local to its pleasant terrace.
14 Rue Rampal, 75019 Paris
This historic queer « guinguette » boasts one of the best locations in Eastern Paris, sitting atop of the lush Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Surrounded with a large terrace area, this lovely venue is very popular with Parisians and visitors alike, therefore large crowds can be expected – especially in the summertime. Make sure to check out the busy events calendar!
2 Avenue de la Cascade, 75019 Paris
What’s not to love about the location of this cute neighborhood café, overlooking a tree-planted square leading to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont? The terrace is a must for those looking for a relaxing drink away from the hustle-and-bustle of the nearby Rue de Belleville.
7 Square Bolivar, 75019 Paris
This hip bar close to the Lumière métro station features regular art exhibits. It is a great neighborhood spot to chill while playing foosball or enjoying a tasty planche of cheese and charcuterie.
43 Rue Cavendish, 75019 Paris
Le Ventre de l’Architecte / Chez Samir
A lovely spot that’s easy to miss, a few steps up from the Boulevard de la Villette. Le Ventre de l’Architecte offers a cosy atmosphere and a charming terrace.
4 Rue Burnouf, 75019 Paris
This chill neighborhood bar hosts regular news-related events, with a specific focus on photojournalism. Le 61 is nicely located, close to the canal and a stone’s throw from the cultural and concert venues of the Parc de la Villette.
3 Rue de l’Oise, 75019 Paris
Located on the corner of the busy Boulevard de la Villette, this bar has a popular terrace and a basement dancefloor. Guests can enjoy regular electronic music gigs – just check the events calendar on their website.
68 Boulevard de la Villette, 75019 Paris
🏳️🌈 : Regular LGBTQ+ events
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