Rosa Bonheur

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Rosa Bonheur A rustic tavern in the middle of the woods in Buttes-Chaumont Park, Rosa Bonheur – named for a 19th-century painter famed for her massive animal paintings, as well as (gasp!) wearing trousers and smoking cigarettes – has kept... Paris France 48.87983 2.385278
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Party Earth Review A rustic tavern in the middle of the woods in Buttes-Chaumont Park, Rosa Bonheur – named for a 19th-century painter famed for her massive animal paintings, as well as (gasp!) wearing trousers and smoking cigarettes – has... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

  • Address:

    Parc Buttes-Chaumont
    2 Allée de la Cascade
    75019 Paris

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  • Metro:

    Line 7: Buttes-Chaumont; Line 7: Botzaris

  • Phone:

    01 42 00 00 45

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  • Hours:

    W–Su noon–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rosa Bonheur Review

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A rustic tavern in the middle of the woods in Buttes-Chaumont Park, Rosa Bonheur – named for a 19th-century painter famed for her massive animal paintings, as well as (gasp!) wearing trousers and smoking cigarettes – has kept...

A rustic tavern in the middle of the woods in Buttes-Chaumont Park, Rosa Bonheur – named for a 19th-century painter famed for her massive animal paintings, as well as (gasp!) wearing trousers and smoking cigarettes – has kept the eccentric spirit of its namesake alive, catering to a casual crowd of local bohemians and hipsters.

Reached by a leafy path leading directly to its doors, the breezy wood-and-glass café draws groups of friends and joggers by day that gather on outdoor picnic tables to admire the view or just take their goodies and sprawl on the grass for an impromptu picnic.

Long white tables and benches in the dining room – charmingly offset by pink and green accents, chalkboard menus, and abstract art – provide plenty of space for the chatty patrons to nibble on pâté over a pitcher of sangria or a bottle of champagne.

Once the park closes, the café puts on its party face and uncorks the wine as DJs get the boisterous mix of gay and straight hipsters on their feet for a brief but wild time on the dance floor.

An oasis of cool set within an actual oasis, Rosa Bonheur is a cabin in the woods that nobody should be afraid to knock on.

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Tip from Emma:

Keep in mind that the park may close at sundown, but Rosa Bonheur stays open. To get in after 10pm, you have to use the gate at 7 Rue Botzaris.

  • Crowd

    All types during the day. Hipsters, bobos, university students, and artsy types later on, 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music during the day. Around 10pm, DJs begin spinning a wide range of dance music from Annie Cordy to Daft Punk. Occasional classical musicians and live bands.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A selection of picnic items includes small meat dishes, cheeses, sardines, and pâté. Rotisserie meats and carving items at lunch. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Menu €2–€8. Beer €3–€5, wine €3/glass or €18/bottle, cocktails €9, champagne €8/glass or €60/bottle, sangria €4, coffee €2+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual picnic garb including jeans, shorts, and t-shirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays through Sundays when the park is at its busiest by day and the crowds show up for the DJs by night.

Rosa Bonheur User Reviews

Average rating:
Escape from the city with the most urbaine
Alex W. Apr 9, 2013
As Party Earth’s ratings make clear, Rosa Bonheur is a bit of a “love it or hate it” place. If you use “hipster” as an insult, steer clear. If you take it as a compliment, go right ahead. Nestled in the wooded Buttes-Chaumont park, a worthwhile sight in it’s own right, Rosa Bonheur provides a relaxing refuge from the city during the day and transforms into a bumping bar scene after dinner. For a bar of its type, Rosa Bonheur is rather affordable, offering cheap wine and inexpensive tapas. Don’t expect rock-bottom prices though; this is more of a chill night out than a watering hole and your 7-nights-a-week party friends will be disappointed. The food is more of the picnic variety than bistro fare so it’s best for a pre-dinner snack. Sipping wine in the park is a favorite activity of young travellers on a budget, but if you feel like making it a little classier this is the place to go. Obviously more of a summer spot, you can enjoy a pitcher of sangria or bottle of rosé while watching the sunset (in the summer the sun stays up until almost 10 pm in Paris). At night there’s dancing on an old-fashioned dance floor and you’ll really feel like you’re in a New Wave movie. Though it definitely caters to a young crowd (think 28 not 18), Rosa Bonheur stays pretty civilized and it’s the rare hipster spot you can take your mom for a good time (even better if she’s paying!).
Relaxing summer nights at Rosa Bonheur
Jeroen K. Apr 1, 2013
Situated at the top of a hill, surrounded by trees in the romantic Buttes Chaumont park, it’s hard to beat Rosa Bonheur’s idyllic location. This pavilion is especially enjoyed in the warmer months, when picnics are arranged on wooden benches outside and the hip visitors setting the tables give the impression of having all the time in world. Inside at the bar it’s bright, some oriental lamps and mirror balls hang from the ceiling, providing an atmospheric light when the evening falls. The place is something of a victim of its own popularity. On weekends, you should arrive no later than 6pm―fences are drawn up around the place and guarded by security. A queue to get in forms quickly, and the guards let people in at an annoyingly slow pace. But, once inside, the atmosphere is relaxed, with people simply drinking beers and tasting food, engaged in casual conversation. There’s a trick to the place as well―it is possible to get in after the park has already closed its gates. For that, you need to enter the gate opposite 74 rue Botzaris (next to Métro Botzaris), after which security will channel you through. This secret passage brings a full house in winter months, with the small indoor dance floor crammed with people. Quite a sensation!
A Day at the Park
Rachel V. Mar 26, 2013
Rosa Bonheur is a charming summer café, located at the top of one of the best parks in Paris. Bring your frisbee, bring your picnic blanket, and enjoy a pitcher of blonde beer or pastis at one of their large outdoor tables. The Parc de Buttes Chaumont is an enormous sprawling garden, with grassy hills and secret paths, patronized by families, joggers, yoga practitioners and spliff smokers alike. They do open-air film projections in the evenings sometimes and there are lots of good snacks to buy. I especially recommend spending an afternoon at Rosa Bonheur if you need to relax and lounge in the sun after a wild weekend.
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