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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Marvelous French Dining: Sacrée Fleur Restaurant, Paris

Sacree Fleur, Paris
authentic French dining at Sacree Fleur, Paris

Sacrée Fleur Restaurant, Paris

50 Rue de Clignancourt

75018 Paris

Metro: Château Rouge, line 4

Hours: Monday to Friday 11:45 AM – 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM. Saturday 7:00 PM-10:30 PM.  Closed Sunday.

Just a short walk east of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre lies the highly rated Sacrée Fleur restaurant.

Guests regularly rate Sacrée Fleur (translation: Sacred Flower) among the best authentic French dining experiences in all of Paris.  The highly attentive, hard working and English speaking staff at Sacrée Fleur are determined to make each experience a positive one.

Beef, duck, lamb and fish are regular menu staples here.  The frog legs are a crowd favorite, as is the creme brûlée.

The dining room is intimate, holding no more than 15 tables, so reservations are recommended.

Sacree Fleur, Paris
côtes de bœuf at Sacree Fleur, Paris
Sacree Fleur, Paris
Sacree Fleur, Paris

Photos Courtesy of Sacrée Fleur

Teaching Pastry Perfection: Patisserie A La Carte, Paris

Patisserie a la Carte, Paris
Patisserie a la Carte, Paris

Patisserie a la Carte, Paris

9 Rue Thimonnier

75009 Paris

Metro: Anvers, line 2

Students of Patisserie a la Carte rave about the fun and friendly atmosphere – and the solid skills they gain in French baking.

Patisserie a la Carte teaches groups up to six, in English (the chef spent a year in Austin, Texas).  Students pick a class focused on their favorite delicacy, with choices including croissants, pains au chocolate (a.k.a. chocolate filled croissants), macaroons, cakes, tarts and more.

Classes fit beginning bakers, as well as folks skilled in the kitchen.  Each student will complete each baking stage on their own during the 2 1/2 to 3 hour classes.

Classes are generally scheduled Sunday through Friday, with one class in the morning, and one in the afternoon.  Check the website for current class schedules.

Napoleon at Patisserie a la Carte, Paris
Napoleon pastry at Patisserie a la Carte, Paris
workshop at Patisserie a la Carte, Paris
workshop at Patisserie a la Carte, Paris
Patisserie a la Carte, Paris
strawberry tart at Patisserie a la Carte, Paris

Photos Courtesy Patisserie a la Carte

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