Café Charbon

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Café Charbon A former coal merchant's shop, Café Charbon has been hosting an animated bohemian crowd for over a hundred years. This intriguing French Café manages to meld the old and new not only in its décor, but also in its customers... Paris France 48.865788 2.377617
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Party Earth Review A former coal merchant’s shop, Café Charbon has been hosting an animated bohemian crowd for over a hundred years, playing host to a chill daytime scene and cozy little late-night dance sessions most nights. The coal shop... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 9am–2am, F–Sa 10am–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Charbon Review

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A former coal merchant's shop, Café Charbon has been hosting an animated bohemian crowd for over a hundred years. This intriguing French Café manages to meld the old and new not only in its décor, but also in its customers...

A former coal merchant’s shop, Café Charbon has been hosting an animated bohemian crowd for over a hundred years, playing host to a chill daytime scene and cozy little late-night dance sessions most nights.

The coal shop’s original black iron skeleton and high ceilings have been fitted with elegant lighting, detailed wood paneling, large mirrors, and elevated murals depicting 19th-century Parisian life, all of which give the café a certain old-city authenticity even as the modern furnishings bring it into the current century.

The intriguing French café manages to meld the old and new not only in its décor, but also in its customers; a mix of young and old who create a lively atmosphere and infuse the place with local flavor throughout the week.

DJs usually start playing lounge music from 10pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, and at midnight the staff turns down the lights, a bouncer shows up at the door, and it becomes more of a dancing bar until 2 or even as late as 4am.

It all comes together into one of the most vibrant spots in the area, making Café Charbon a unique setting in which to eat, people-watch, or just to mingle and bump hips with a colorful crowd.

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Tip from Emma:

If you plan on going to a concert next door at Nouveau Casino, Charbon’s sister bar, then this place is really the best option for dinner and drinks beforehand. If you sit outside, you can watch the line start to form for the concert, so you’ll know exactly when to make your move next door.

  • Crowd

    Local personalities and friendly folk, from alternative to professional, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music during the day, mostly rock. DJ spins lounge and house music W–Sa from 10pm, which gets turned up a notch to more dance-friendly beats after midnight.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A full French menu and lots of desserts. Happy Hour daily 5–7pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch €18, Tapas €6–€16, Plates €9–€20. Beer €2.50–€4 or €11/140cl (3 pints), wine €2.80, cocktails €7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    This is one place that has a steady crowd every night of the week, with the biggest groups piling in Wednesdays through Saturdays for the late-night dancing.

Café Charbon User Reviews

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Dancefloor with no cover? Count me in!
Jennifer K. Mar 29, 2013
During kitchen hours, Café Charbon is a great spot to grab a coffee and people watch on Oberkampf. You might even make friends with some of the friendly NYU exchangers housed in the résidence across the road. Be sure not to miss the tuna tartare when it's on the (surprisingly chic) menu. When Oberkampf kicks into gear in the evening, this spot fills up fast, especially when someone big is playing at the conjoined Nouveau Casino. After 10 p.m. it's a great spot to grab a table and share a pitcher of something - their sangria's some of the best I've had in Paris - or head over to the jam-packed bar for an easy rencontre. On weekends there's a DJ nestled high up in the back of the salle, and even the locals have been known to get down on the little dancefloor. Don't mind the stares from the table-sitters, they're just working up the courage to join in.
Cold beers, good music, and rock'n'roll atmosphere
Anouchka R. Jan 10, 2013
The Cafe Charbon is located in the heart of Oberkampf district. Near to the Bataclan is the ideal place to have drinks before or after a concert. If you're lucky, you may be able to cross Robert Plant with a beer! The Café Charbon is one of the few bars close after 1am in Paris, and to propose affordable prices. No dress code imposed, but the bar is an ideal place for artists, musicians ... Cold beers, good music, and rock'n'roll atmosphere, welcome to the Cafe Charbon.
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