Party Earth Review Owned by two New Yorkers, a Colombian, and a Mexican, Candelaria is a lively little joint that attracts a youthful, international crowd with its authentic Mexican cuisine – a tough find in Paris – as well as its quirky... ... read full review
52 Rue de Saintonge
8: Filles du Calvaire
01 42 74 41 28
Bar: Daily 7pm–2am
Restaurant: M–W, Su 12:30pm–11pm, Th–Sa 12:30pm–midnight
Brunch: Sa–Su 12:30–4pm
Marais - 3eme / 4eme, Paris –
Owned by two New Yorkers, a Colombian, and a Mexican, Candelaria is a lively little joint that attracts a youthful, international crowd with its authentic Mexican cuisine – a tough find in Paris – as well as its quirky cocktail creations put together by a mixologist from the Experimental Cocktail Club.
At the front is the tiny taqueria, decorated with shelves of Spanish-style trinkets, a few fresh pineapples, and a neon sign reading TACOS. It’s so small that most customers eat at stools by a plain white bar overlooking the kitchen, or at the lone communal table near a window facing the quiet and unassuming Rue de Saintonge.
The simple space regularly overflows with customers sipping Sol and scarfing down tortillas stuffed with steak and fresh vegetables, but the real party is behind the unmarked door in back, which leads to an open room with rough stone walls, pillow-piled banquettes, and a tiny bar backed by square boxes stuffed with top-shelf booze.
Littered with white candles, the sultry space is normally shoulder-to-shoulder by 10pm nightly, with stylish Parisians, cool-cat connoisseurs, and savvy tourists sipping crafted drinks like gin mixed with “elixir of springtime” and tequila infused with chili.
Ideal for choosey drinkers and taco seekers, Candelaria is a hotspot with two very distinct sides – one with a side of specialty drinks and one with a side of guacamole – and both are damn tasty.
International students, hip tourists, Mexican food hunters, stylishly cool Parisians with motorcycle helmets in hand, a smattering of the classy banker crowd, early 20s to mid-40s.
DJs Thursdays–Saturdays from 11:30pm, with occasional DJs early in the week. Patrons can usually expect a mellow ambient soundtrack conducive to conversation.
Small menu of Mexican fare includes pork, chicken, and steak tacos, as well as tortilla chips with fresh guacamole. Menu also available in the bar.
Tacos and tostadas €3–€3.50, chips and dip €5. Beer €6–€7, cocktails €11–€12, punch €54 (serves four to six), brunch cocktails €6–€10, brunch punch €35 (serves three to four), non-alcoholic drinks and sodas €4–€8.
Trendy casual to Parisian chic: designer jeans, slick t-shirts, slacks, suit jackets, vests, skirts, nice sweaters, high heels, quirky accessories.
Thursday through Saturday nights after 10pm for a guaranteed packed house, any day right at opening to try the cocktails without the crowd, or weekends for a boozy brunch.
Grazie (91 Boulevard Beaumarchais) is a loud and packed pizza joint perfect for people looking for budget-friendly and popular Italian grub, as well as quick access to a full bar.