Party Earth Review Its gaping rotunda and centuries-old stone façade could easily be home to a museum – and in fact it used to be Louis XVI’s government customs house – but once through La Rotonde’s colonnaded... ... read full review
6-8 Place de la Bataille
Stalingrad 75019 Paris
2, 5, 7: Stalingrad
01 80 48 33 40
19eme, Paris –
Its gaping rotunda and centuries-old stone façade could easily be home to a museum – and in fact it used to be Louis XVI’s government customs house – but once through La Rotonde’s colonnaded entrance, patrons find themselves in a labyrinthine space that combines centuries of history with a series of multi-purpose drinking, dining, and event spaces.
The venue’s Bar du Coin (corner bar) offers a cozy café atmosphere for in-the-know couples looking to chill out with hearty sandwiches and frothy pints, while local office workers step inside the restaurant to lunch on traditional French fare with an international twist beneath the incredibly high-ceilinged rotunda.
Home to a calm and airy brasserie with simple modern furnishings and an open kitchen – not to mention an impressive wine and classic cocktails list – the rotunda entices creative types and moneyed professionals to sneak in some daytime drinking, while evenings attract a stylish crowd to the main dining room for a relaxed meal of salmon mousse or filet of duck.
Hipster music lovers show up later if du Coin has a small band playing – which it usually does – while the city’s fashionistas and young movers and shakers take advantage of weekend DJs and an ever-changing program of one-off shows throughout the rest of the venue that range from eclectic art-house performances to massive Ibiza-style dance parties.
Visitors never know what they might discover at La Rotonde: from calm and classy afternoons to bumping clubby evenings, it’s all under the round.
Sundays at La Rotonde are fabulous for a relaxed brunch, especially if you go for the monthly fashion event. Seriously, what could be better than a combination sample sale and brunch? Swallow your pre-judgments and head to this once shady corner of Paris – it’s well worth the trip.
Varies markedly based on event. Generally area office types and casual cool cats by day, and a savvy, smartly-dressed mix of hipsters and the fashion pack by night, early 20s to 40s.
DJs usually spin in the rotunda on Fridays and Saturdays from around 11pm, but schedules and styles vary. Small concerts from local and visiting bands often booked in Bar du Coin.
Monthly fashion brunch on first Sunday allows guests to browse and buy the latest pieces from local designers. Frequent events from fashion shows and live radio broadcasts to exclusive private parties scheduled in La Rotonde’s many hidden spaces.
Check venue calendar for latest lineup.
Traditional French brasserie menu with a modern twist that incorporates new and international sauces and flavors, including salmon mousse, duck filet, steak tartar, and snails.
Food in Bar du Coin available all day, food usually served in the brasserie from noon–3pm and 7–11pm daily.
Brunch menu €25, appetizers €6.50–€14, entrées €8–€30, desserts €7–€12. Beer €.50–€3, wine €4–€6/glass or €26+/bottle, cocktails €8–€9.50, champagne €11/glass or €57+/bottle, whiskey €5–€19.
Hipster casual to upscale: vests, sweaters, jeans, office attire, suits, sexy dresses, club wear, everything in between.
Any day midweek for a casual lunch in the brasserie or a chill drink in Bar du Coin, Friday and Saturday nights to check out whatever club event is on the docket or what cool live act is playing in du Coin, or any other night based on special bookings. Sunday is also great for brunch, especially the monthly fashion brunch.
Point Ephémère (200 Quai de Valmy), located down by the canal on the other side of the metro viaduct, is a great place for a more raucous night with the locals and a larger range of bands, DJs, and weird-and-wonderful events and exhibits.