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Party Earth Review Owned by two New Yorkers, a Colombian, and a Mexican, Candelaria is a lively little joint that attracts a youthful, international crowd with its authentic Mexican cuisine – a tough find in Paris – as well as its quirky... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Bar: Daily 7pm–2am
    Restaurant: M–W, Su 12:30pm–11pm, Th–Sa 12:30pm–midnight
    Brunch: Sa–Su 12:30–4pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Candelaria Review

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Candelaria in Paris' Marais is a taqueria & crafted cocktail bar in one. Grab a taco & drink booze a-la Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris with Party Earth.

Owned by two New Yorkers, a Colombian, and a Mexican, Candelaria is a lively little joint that attracts a youthful, international crowd with its authentic Mexican cuisine – a tough find in Paris – as well as its quirky cocktail creations put together by a mixologist from the Experimental Cocktail Club.

At the front is the tiny taqueria, decorated with shelves of Spanish-style trinkets, a few fresh pineapples, and a neon sign reading TACOS. It’s so small that most customers eat at stools by a plain white bar overlooking the kitchen, or at the lone communal table near a window facing the quiet and unassuming Rue de Saintonge.

The simple space regularly overflows with customers sipping Sol and scarfing down tortillas stuffed with steak and fresh vegetables, but the real party is behind the unmarked door in back, which leads to an open room with rough stone walls, pillow-piled banquettes, and a tiny bar backed by square boxes stuffed with top-shelf booze.

Littered with white candles, the sultry space is normally shoulder-to-shoulder by 10pm nightly, with stylish Parisians, cool-cat connoisseurs, and savvy tourists sipping crafted drinks like gin mixed with “elixir of springtime” and tequila infused with chili.

Ideal for choosey drinkers and taco seekers, Candelaria is a hotspot with two very distinct sides – one with a side of specialty drinks and one with a side of guacamole – and both are damn tasty.

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Tip from Jonah:

Head to the bar on weekends for Jen’s Cocktail Brunch, Candelaria’s name for the few hours between 12:30 and 4pm when you can drop in to try a few Bloody Marias, breakfast martinis, spiked hot chocolates, and other crafted daytime cocktails.

  • Crowd

    International students, hip tourists, Mexican food hunters, stylishly cool Parisians with motorcycle helmets in hand, a smattering of the classy banker crowd, early 20s to mid-40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs Thursdays–Saturdays from 11:30pm, with occasional DJs early in the week. Patrons can usually expect a mellow ambient soundtrack conducive to conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small menu of Mexican fare includes pork, chicken, and steak tacos, as well as tortilla chips with fresh guacamole. Menu also available in the bar.

  • Prices

    Tacos and tostadas €3–€3.50, chips and dip €5. Beer €6–€7, cocktails €11–€12, punch €54 (serves four to six), brunch cocktails €6–€10, brunch punch €35 (serves three to four), non-alcoholic drinks and sodas €4–€8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy casual to Parisian chic: designer jeans, slick t-shirts, slacks, suit jackets, vests, skirts, nice sweaters, high heels, quirky accessories.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday through Saturday nights after 10pm for a guaranteed packed house, any day right at opening to try the cocktails without the crowd, or weekends for a boozy brunch.

  • Close By

    Grazie (91 Boulevard Beaumarchais) is a loud and packed pizza joint perfect for people looking for budget-friendly and popular Italian grub, as well as quick access to a full bar.

Candelaria User Reviews

Average rating:
Valeria D. May 25, 2013
Candelaria When you arrived to Candelaria the first thing that comes to your mind it's where will I sit. In fact, Candelaria has one of the best tacos in Paris, and it's located in the trendy: Marais. You will find all the original Mexican kitchen, from tacos, to burritos or why not a margarita. The place is a little bit small but you will be sure you will eat the best guacamole of Paris. The decoration for the restaurant part, is very pictorest and typical. Decorated with Artesanies and Handcrafted Mexican Products, some photos of Frida Kahlo, and a shared table, it's the best place to share and eat a taco. Then, like a secret place you have the bar, you have to cross all the kitchen and you arrive to a chic and classy bar, with a very good lounge music, a romantic atmosphere, some candles, little tables, and cozy lights. Perfect for a romantic date, or for drink a cocktail with your friends. The stuff? Kind and quick. A recommendation? Cocktail: La Guêpe Verte. Food: Guacamole entrée or ricotta taco.
Michaela M. Mar 30, 2013
No doubt that we still think of La Candeleria when longing for the best places for cocktails in town - the crew of this little gem, with its Swiss chalet like back room bar in the Haute Marais just opened another quirky place "to be" in the neighbourhood. Only a few steps away from La Candeleria, Le Mary Céleste welcomes the Paris in-crowd with an amazing collection of wines all matching the gourmet main attention - seafood. But not only the seasonal focusing on oysters is worth a go, also the spicy mix of Korean and French cuisine is a proper delight! As dessert try one of the extraordinary cocktails, which come much richer and creamy then their light and refreshing cousins from La Candeleria.
A Mexican Gem!
Danielle F. Feb 27, 2013
My friend and I stopped by for dinner after a day spent shopping in the Marais (there are great shops nearby!). Candelaria has two distinct sections. There's the kitchen/taco area with casual counter seating and one small table. And a cocktail den that gives off a swanky and trendy vibe. Although we had to wait before we could be seated, Candelaria exceeded all of our expectations. We started off with chips and guacamole. The chips were crunchy with just the right amount of salt and the guacamole had all the right flavors. Next came the tostadas, which were my favorite part. I ordered the cactus tostada (It was my first time ever having cactus!), which came with perfectly seasoned beans and tangy cheese, which was a nice change of pace from the typical strong, French cheese. I also had a soft shell chicken taco. The chicken was flavorful and the crisp red onions added great texture. I only wish that Candelaria had a more extensive menu with more things for me to try! I definitely want to go back and would like to have cocktails in the bar area, as the ambiance was really appealing.
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