If you’re looking to break free from the confines of conventional Parisian café culture, Brasserie Barbès has introduced a refreshing twist to the fixed roles of French venues.
Traditionally, one must make the rounds throughout the day for a cup of coffee, then dinner, followed by late night drinks. At Brasserie Barbès, located at the foot of Montmartre in the relative untouched Barbès district, guests can find a one-stop shop for all of the day’s pleasures. Open from 8am until 2am every day, this chic new establishment offers everything from morning pastries to midnight dance parties.
The Brasserie, which reopened its doors earlier this summer after years of renovation, has adopted elements of new age New York venues in both style and functionality. The wide open dining rooms and exposed pipes go against the cozy, nostalgic decor of longstanding Parisian brasseries. Also, a rooftop dance party that goes through the night, complete with music and lounge chairs, is nearly unheard of in the streets of Paris.
Although Brasserie Barbès offers a little bit of everything, the quality of their product remains of paramount importance. Choose from a diverse selection of carpaccio, including beef, bass and beet for a nice lunchtime treat. Recover from your hangover with a fiery tonic, made from the essences of grapefruit, lemon, honey and cayenne pepper.
Don’t worry – the Brasserie does not eschew tradition completely. One can still find a freshly baked croissant au jambon and enjoy a café au lait on the sidewalk. Perhaps most importantly, the staff is not reminiscent of the stereotypical rude Parisian waiter. Feel free to start your day with a fresh juice in the morning and dance, drink, and eat through the night without any bother from the welcoming crew at Brasserie Barbès.