Three Original Places to Check-out in Paris

When visiting a city or a country, we are often eager to discover original places that are different from what we are used to. Big cities such as Paris are filled with that kind of unexpected restaurants or bars but when we do not know where they are, we may just go by one of them without even noticing. So if you want to live an experience that is out of the ordinary, here are three unique and charming places that are worth a try.

Le Café des chats

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Most people agree that cats are one of the cutest thing there is in the world and in the past few years, several studies have shown that having a cat can also help decreasing stress and feeling more relaxed. This is the starting point of a new type of café that exists in numerous places around the world and is particularly popular in Japan. In this nice and cosy café, you will be able to drink a cup of tea and eat a piece of cake while petting a lovely little cat. It is rather strange the first time you enter the room to see the animals climbing the furniture or just taking a nap as if it was perfectly normal but you this is a great way to discover the variety of Paris’s cafés. Keep in mind that if you want to go there in the afternoon, you should give them a call to make a reservation or you may not find an available table right away.

If you’re staying in our beautiful holiday apartment for 4 guests on Boulevard Henri IV, don’t miss this coffee which is only 700 meters from the flat.

Le Café des chats

9 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris / metro station Bréguet-Sabin (line 5) or Bastille (line 1, 5 and 8)

Closed on Monday, open every other day between 12:00 and 22:30

Restaurant Dans le noir ? 

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Have you ever taken a minute to think about what things would be like if you lost one of your senses ? Sight for example, this is a sense that we use almost all of the time, when we walk, when we speak to someone and… when we eat. Now picture a room that’s absolutely dark and imagine having to eat a surprise menu without being able to see anything. This is the concept of this restaurant in which you will undoubtedly have an amazing experience that you will remember, everything is served by blind waiters who lead you to your chair and help you find your marks in this strange atmosphere. For those who have allergies or are afraid of finding something in their plate they don’t like, no worries ! Before entering, you will be asked to fill in a short information-sheet on which you will write everything that you wont eat to make sure that no accident happens.

On the same street, we own two short term rental apartment, one cosy holiday studio for 2 guests and one beautiful vacation loft for 5 guests, if you’re staying on those vacation rentals, this place is a not-to-be-missed restaurant.

Restaurant Dans le noir ?

51 rue Quincampoix 75004 / metro station : Rambuteau (line 11) or châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14)

Open every day between 19:30 and 23:00

Ice Kube Bar

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The idea of this bar is very simple : instead of sitting in a warm bar where you would be able to have a cocktail or a beer and relax, why not have that same drink but in a room which temperature is -20°C ? But don’t worry, you wont have to shop for a good coat first for you will be given everything you need to face the cold before going in and to make sure that nobody gets hurt, you will only stay in there for half an hour. To keep you warm, you will have three cocktails (which can be without alcohol for those who prefer) served in glasses made of ice and you are allowed to move as much as possible in order to stay warm. So do not hesitate to dance or run if you feel like it ! A waiter will escort you and explain the surety measures to make sure that your experience is a pleasant as possible.

If it may seem a bit odd and unpleasant at first, this experience is actually really fun and the magical setting (everything in the room is made of glass and ice, even the bar and the tables) will enable you to spend an extraordinary moment.

Before coming back to one of our short term rental apartments in the trendy Montmartre neighborhood, we advise you to take a drink in this original bar.

Ice Kube Bar

5 Passage ruelle, 75018 Paris – metro station : La chapelle (line 4) or Marx Dormoy (line 12)

Everyday from 6.30 pm to 1.30 am

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