5th & 6th Arrondissement Bars & Nightlife
6-8 Place de la Bataille, 6th
This restaurant, bar, and nightclub—in an iconic rotunda built by Claude Nicolas Ledoux, the father of Neoclassical architecture—is also smack in the middle of one of the main hipster drags in Paris. Young Parisians flock here for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch under the cupola and drinks all day in the verdant and colorful terrace garden right on the Place Stalingrad. This summer, there are also different pop-in food experiences and a gallery of contemporary art exhibitions. When it gets late, you can always head back indoors to the Mini Club for some French disco.
Le Zyriab at the Institut du Monde Arabe
1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 5th
Le Zyriab, part of a chain of Lebanese restaurants in France, is nothing fancy, but the stunning views from atop the Institut du Monde Arabe set this place apart for drinks overlooking the Seine and the Ile St. Louis. Aside from being inside one of the finest cultural institutions in Paris, it's also never too busy in the afternoons before dinner, making it a standby for getting the evening started over a couple of glasses of Lebanese wine, which is actually pretty good.
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