Late Night Paris Highlight: Octopussy Bar

Octopussy Bar, Paris
rock and roll at Octopussy Bar, Paris

Octopussy, Paris

22 Rue de La Jonquière

75017 Paris

Metro: Guy Môquet, line 13

Hours: Monday to Friday 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Saturday 3:00 PM to 2:00 AM. Closed Sunday.

For an utterly interesting late night whiskey and beer, head to Octopussy bar in the 18th arrondissement.

Open since mid-2014, Octopussy is known for events such as blind taste tests, clothing exchanges, oyster tastings and more.  These occasions fit with the overall rock-and-roll vibe of the place.  Live bands also stop by.

Octopussy is also a great place to catch a rugby match on TV, and even just relax in the comfy lounge upstairs.

Octopus decor is all around but not overwhelming – check out the octopus lights and octopus tip jar at the bar.

Octopussy Bar, Paris
street view of Octopussy Bar, Paris
Octopussy Bar, Paris
menu at Octopussy Bar, Paris

Photos courtesy Octopussy, Paris

Sidewalk Creperie at Night: Breizh Cafe, Paris

Sidewalk Cafe at Night – Breizh Cafe, Paris. Photo Courtesy:  Breizh Cafe.

Breizh Cafe, Paris

109 rue Vieille du Temple

75003 Paris

Metro Stop: Filles du Calvaire, line 8

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Sunday 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM

A short walk northeast of Notre Dame Cathedral takes you to one of most highly acclaimed creperies in Paris: Breizh Cafe.

Breizh Cafe’s accommodating staff serves up all kinds of crepes, from lunch to late night.  Crepes here are made in the Breton style, which means they use the original recipe from the birthplace of the crepe in Brittany, France.

Breizh Cafe’s location is great for people watching – right in the heart of Marais shopping, dining and museums.

Next door to the cafe is Breizh’s own grocery store, where you’ll find ingredients for your own crepes, as well as coffee, pasta, wine and more.

As one of the more popular creperies in Paris, reservations at Breizh Cafe are a good idea.

Inside Breizh Cafe, Paris. Photo Courtesy Breizh Cafe.


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Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Iceland


Hnapavellir, 785 Öræfi, Iceland

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is perfectly placed on the East coast of Iceland, with views of spectacular waterfalls, mountains, grazing sheep, and ocean.  This is picturesque Iceland,  and a great find for hikers.

Using Fosshotel as a home base, visitors can drive just 20 minutes to the west to Skaftafell wilderness area, and 20 minutes east to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Fosshotel offers standard, deluxe, and suite accommodations.  Meeting rooms are also available.  The on-site restaurant features modern Icelandic cuisine with ocean views, and the lounge bar fireplace invites all.

Free breakfast, parking, and wi-fi are included.

Reception, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Patio View, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Lounge Bar, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Nearby Views: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Suite, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Suite, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Photo Credit: Fosshotel Ebenezer Þórarinn Einarsson

The Moose, Paris

The Moose Bar and Grill. Photo Courtesy: Claudia Cartes, The Moose.

The Moose Bar and Grill

16 rue des 4 Vents

75006 Paris

Metro Stop: Odéon, lines 4 and 10

Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM. Serving food 11:00 AM – 11:50 PM

The Moose Bar and Grill brings the American sports bar experience straight to the heart of Paris.

The Moose features live NFL, NBA and NHL programming, as well as American college sports.   European rugby matches also work well with the huge selection of beer here.

The Moose serves a generous selection of sports grill favorites: sandwiches, hamburgers, and even hot dogs.  Canadian poutines, the tailgate-like combo of french fries, cheese, and light gravy, are also a crowd favorite.

A look down the bar at The Moose. Photo Courtesy: Claudia Cartes, The Moose.

Parisian Craft Beers: Paname Brewing Company, Paris

Paname  Brewing Company , Paris
craft beer selection at Paname Brewing Company , Paris

Paname Brewing Company, Paris

41 bis Quai de la Loire

75017 Paris

Metro: Crimée, line 7

Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM daily

The waters of Basin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement provide an incredible setting for Paname Brewing Company’s Parisian craft beers.

Followers of the craft beer movement in Paris will love Paname’s selection, which includes:

  • Le Barge Du Canal, IPA
  • L’Oeil De Biche, Pale Ale
  • Un Singe En Hiver, Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • Casque D’Or Saison, Belgian Wheat
  • Bete Noire Black IPA, Black Ale

Paname also has a rock solid brewery menu serving up cheeseburgers, salads, pizza, and even cheesecake.

No reservations needed – tables are first come, first served.

Paname Brewing Company, Paris
the water views at Paname Brewing Company, Paris
Paname Brewing Company, Paris
Paname Brewing Company, Paris

Photos courtesy Paname Brewing Company

Craft Beer and Rock Music: Le Supercoin, Paris

Le Supercoin, Paris
sample of bottled beers at Le Supercoin, Paris

Le Supercoin, Paris

3 rue Baudelique

75018 Paris

Metro: Simplon, line 4

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM, Sunday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Le Supercoin is billed as a “pop rock garage bistro”, and described by most as a friendly, lively and downright cool place to enjoy a good beer and a good night.

Craft beer is Le Supercoin’s thing.  It regularly features French craft beer on tap, along with a Czech beer selection and more.  American-style pale ales and IPA’s are available too.

The backdrop of music at Le Supercoin has a rock/grunge rock leaning, but does not overpower conversations.  The occasional live band adds to the overall effect.

After sampling the beer selection, Le Supercoin also has a whiskey collection to work through.

Le Supercoin, Paris
Le Supercoin, Paris

Photos courtesy Le Supercoin

Around the World in Chocolate: Chocolat Chapon, Paris

Chocolat Chapon, Paris
Chocolat Chapon – Boutique de Neuilly

Chocolat Chapon, Paris

69 Rue du Bac

75007 Paris

Metro: Rue du Bac, line 12

Three other locations around Paris

Hours: Monday 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Chocolat Chapon brings chocolate experiences from around the world straight to Paris – even to a small shop in Saint Germain.

Chocolate Chapon roasts cocoa beans from Ecuador, Madagascar, Cuba and more to produce prize-winning pieces.  And for a chocolate twist, Chocolate Chapon whips up six different chocolate mousses at an ice-cream-parlor-like bar.

There are four Chocolat Chapon locations in and around Paris.  The Chelles location includes the new Curiosity Shop; a childlike walk through the history of chocolate.

For the hard-to-shop-for person, check out Chocolat Chapon’s online shop.

Chocolat Chapon, Paris
Roaster at Chocolat Chapon, Paris
Curiosity Shop, Chocolat Chapon, Paris
Curiosity Shop, Chocolat Chapon, Chelles

Photos courtesy of Chocolat Chapon

Rustic and Fantastic: Septime La Cave Wine Bar, Paris

Septime La Cave, Paris
Septime La Cave Wine Bar, Paris

Septime La Cave, Paris

3 Rue Basfroi

75011 Paris

Metro: Charonne, line 9

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4:00 PM -11:00 PM. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Septime La Cave wine bar is a satisfying taste of the highly successful Septime group of restaurants.  Septime La Cave’s rustic, reclaimed, cool and casual setting is a perfect place to pick your wine.

The wine list here includes French selections and more.  Wine can be ordered to go, or enjoyed along with tapas choices in the small and exclusive space.  Grab a place at the bar, or a corner of the counter and enjoy.

Septime La Cave is reasonably priced, and no reservations are taken.

Septime La Cave, Paris
Septime La Cave, Paris

Photo Credit: Benjamin Schmuck

Dining in Blue: Bissac Restaurant, Paris

Wine cellar, Bissac Restaurant, Paris. Photo Courtesy Bissac Restaurant.

Bissac Restaurant

10 Rue de la Bourse

75002 Paris

Metro Stop: Bourse, line 3

Hours: Monday to Friday 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Monday to Saturday 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Bissac Restaurant is a short walk from Paris opera house Palais Garnier.

Bissac offers a setting for just about every delight.  Guests can choose from the terrace (outdoor dining), ground floor (view of open kitchen), the balcony (a view to the outside), and special seating in the wine cellar.

The short menu includes fine french fare, and Bissac is glad to offer vegetarian choices for interested guests.

The highly responsive staff also offers tours to showcase the wine cellar and original stones of Bissac’s 400 year old building.

Dessert choices include raspberry chocolate mousse pancakes, among other gourmet treats.

The ground floor, Bissac Restaurant, Paris. Photo Courtesy: Bissac Restaurant
Bissac Restaurant, Paris.  Photo Courtesy: Bissac Restaurant
Bissac Restaurant, Paris. Photo Courtesy: Bissac Restaurant
Sidewalk dining, Bissac Restaurant, Paris.  Photo Courtesy: Bissac Restaurant
Sidewalk dining, Bissac Restaurant, Paris. Photo Courtesy: Bissac Restaurant
Dining in the wine cellar, Bissac Restaurant, Paris.  Photo
Dining in the wine cellar, Bissac Restaurant, Paris. Photo Courtesy: Bissac Restaurant