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
1 Rue Jacquard
3: Parmentier; 5, 9: Oberkampf
01 47 00 61 73
Food service begins at 8pm and ends 11pm–midnight
Bastille / Oberkampf - 11eme, Paris –
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.
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!
Trendy young bohemian hipsters, groups of casual young professionals, international backpackers, Latin expats, chatty students, and pre-clubbers, 20s to 30s.
An eclectic mix of ambient minimalist electro, vintage tunes, old-town funky soul, Motown, and alternative classics.
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.
Appetizers €5–€7, entrées €15–€18, desserts €7. Beer €4+, wine €4–€6, cocktails €5–€7, cocktail pitchers €16.
Casual and artsy trendy: jeans, t-shirts, floaty dresses, vintage skirts, some fancier duds on the pre-club crowd.
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.
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.