Ave Maria

Fusion Restaurant / Lounge
Ave Maria Ave Maria in Paris' 11ème is a vibrant fusion restaurant/lounge with great mojitos and huge desserts. Join the artsy Paris regulars at Party Earth. Paris France 48.864438 2.373249
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Ave Maria - Fusion Restaurant | Lounge in Paris.
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Party Earth Review A festive fusion restaurant just a stone’s throw from the lively Oberkampf area, Ave Maria takes a quintessentially Parisian side street and transports it to locales all over the world. Once past the vivid green exterior... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    3: Parmentier; 5, 9: Oberkampf

  • Phone:

    01 47 00 61 73

  • Hours:

    Daily 7pm–2am
    Food service begins at 8pm and ends 11pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Ave Maria Review

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Ave Maria in Paris' 11ème is a vibrant fusion restaurant/lounge with great mojitos and huge desserts. Join the artsy Paris regulars at Party Earth.

A festive fusion restaurant just a stone’s throw from the lively Oberkampf area, Ave Maria takes a quintessentially Parisian side street and transports it to locales all over the world.

Once past the vivid green exterior, artsy types and trendy bobos enter a colorful savanna of fairy lights, paper garlands, vintage art, and bric-à-brac souvenirs that reflect the mélange of cultures this venue seeks to unify.

Tucked together on long wooden benches beneath antique lamps and artificial plants, guests take a global gastronomic journey – from Latin America and Asia to Africa and Europe – with plentiful portions of diverse fare like coconut-infused curries, and cinnamon breaded chicken, all of which come with a small tropical fruit salad.

Groups of chatty young professionals and in-the-know backpackers sling back one – or two, or five – of the fruity cocktails on offer, cleansing their palates with mojitos for the grand finale: a selection of gigantic desserts like the Big Mac cookies and cream sandwich and the raspberry Lovely Tart.

There’s not much space to wait for a table, and considering the no-reservation policy, pre-party diners are wise to arrive early before heading on to one of the many bars and clubs in this popular area of the city.

But even if patrons do have to wait, Ave Maria’s fruity booze and gut-busting desserts leave guests singing a happy tune – even if they have to loosen their pants to do it.

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Tip from Emma:

This place is all about sensory overload, so it’s easy to overlook stuff. Be sure to check out the altar by the bathroom; they’ve got everybody in this thing – Buddha, Athena, the Virgin of Guadalupe, E.T., and the Statue of Liberty. Who knows? Julia Roberts might even be in there somewhere. Talk about bringing the world together!

  • Crowd

    Trendy young bohemian hipsters, groups of casual young professionals, international backpackers, Latin expats, chatty students, and pre-clubbers, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    An eclectic mix of ambient minimalist electro, vintage tunes, old-town funky soul, Motown, and alternative classics.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Original dishes in generous portions inspired by different world cuisines, including Brazilian, French, Nepalese, and Indian, as well as a selection of cakes and desserts. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Appetizers €5–€7, entrées €15–€18, desserts €7. Beer €4+, wine €4–€6, cocktails €5–€7, cocktail pitchers €16.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual and artsy trendy: jeans, t-shirts, floaty dresses, vintage skirts, some fancier duds on the pre-club crowd.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for a lively and buzzing atmosphere as folks tank up for a long night of partying, or Sunday nights to chill with a few pitchers and forget that Monday is only a day away.

  • Close By

    Café Charbon (109 Rue Oberkampf) is a dark, dingy, and cozy little café with a distinct 1920s-era bohemian vibe and strong pick-me-up coffee for those who need a little bar-crawling boost.

Ave Maria User Reviews

Average rating:
Like a movie set by Pedro Almodóvar!
Juan O. Mar 30, 2013
Paris is often described by visitors as a rather impersonal and frivolous city. This doesn't come as a surprise considering how big the city is and, as such, the little connection between people in the same neighborhood. However, visitors are just that - people that come, take a glance, and leave. The city does count, however, with parts where the bonds between people living in the same area are just as strong as one would expect them to be in a little village, and "Ave Maria", in Belleville, exemplifies that kind of feeling - laid-back and inexpensive, you'll feel at home and it will be weird if, by the end of the night, you don't count among your files with a couple of new friends. Surely, the inebriating effects of the many attractive and exotic cocktails will have something to do with that. Its amiable atmosphere is, together with its eccentric decoration, what will draw your attention for the first time. But it will be the people you'll come back for. That, and the food, which is as varied as the clientele is eclectic and the music diverse! The restaurant's location is a plus, as you'll always be able chit chat with customers from other bars whenever you go out for a bit of fresh air, or just to get into another place for a change.
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