Hôtel du Nord

Bar / Café / Restaurant
Hôtel du Nord Built in the 1880s as a boarding house for people working along the Canal St. Martin, this historic structure was taken over in 1938 by French director Marcel Carne, who used it as the location for his film Hotel du Nord. Paris France 48.8734036 2.3641012
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Party Earth Review Built in the 1880s as a boarding house for people working along the Canal St. Martin, this historic structure was taken over in 1938 by French director Marcel Carne, who used it as the location for his film Hotel du Nord... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Café and bar daily 9am–1:30am; Restaurant daily noon–3pm and 8pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Hôtel du Nord Review

The Scene

Built in the 1880s as a boarding house for people working along the Canal St. Martin, this historic structure was taken over in 1938 by French director Marcel Carne, who used it as the location for his film Hotel du Nord.

Built in the 1880s as a boarding house for people working along the Canal St. Martin, this historic structure was taken over in 1938 by French director Marcel Carne, who used it as the location for his film Hotel du Nord. The rest, as they say, is history.

Fans and paparazzi followed, and the building continued as a hotel until 1993, when it was transformed into a trendy bar and restaurant that attracts a young and stylish crowd, many from the world of fashion.

Passing through a velvet curtain, patrons find themselves in a cozy front bar whose black-and-white floor, vintage movie memorabilia, and long zinc counter recall the Paris of the 1930s, an atmosphere extended into the elegant restaurant, which features more red velvet and candlelit tables.

A few steps lead up to a comfortable library well stocked with periodicals and books – an intimate spot for afternoon tea – while back downstairs a small salon offers chess, backgammon, and Wi-Fi access.

In the summer, meanwhile, the café opens the terrace for light meals and cocktails overlooking the peaceful canal.

Attracting a delightful mix of chic bohemians and the well-dressed bourgeoisie, Hotel du Nord creates an open and lively atmosphere that pervades every room.

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Tip from Adriana:

The hosts and staff are so accommodating – and the model waiters aren’t bad, either. Hotel du Nord is a great place for larger groups in the evening, though it’s also excellent for afternoon tea in the salon or library when you need to rejuvenate after a hectic morning in the city.

  • Crowd

    Fashionable straight and gay clientele of young professionals and jet-setters, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient contemporary music. Wi-Fi available in the salon.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Classic French appetizers, soups, and salads. Entrées feature fresh meat and fish dishes, as well as sandwiches and burgers. Large selection of teas and wines.

  • Prices

    Entrées €15–€30. Beer €3–€5, cocktails €8–€12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    There’s a consistent crowd every night of the week, though the bar area gets more crowded later in the evening.

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