Café du Châtelet

20s and up / After Work / Bar / Breakfast / Button-downs / Café / Casual / DJ / Dance Floor / Dancing / Good for Groups / Groups / Jocks / Karaoke / Laid back / Late Night Happy Hour / Live Band / Locals / Patio / People Watching / Post Grads / Preppy / R&B / Rowdy / Sandwiches / Shots / Smoking Area / Sneakers / Students / T-shirts / TVs / Top 40 / Wi-Fi
Café du Châtelet Coffee and cigarettes is the breakfast of choice at Café du Châtelet, a Café and bar catering to a young clientele of students and post-grads. Paris France 48.8583577 2.3473197
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Party Earth Review Coffee and cigarettes is the breakfast of choice at Café du Châtelet, a café and bar catering to a young clientele of students and post-grads. Early in the day, prepsters and locals enjoy a cup of jeau and people-watching... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Lines 1, 4, 7,11, 14: Châtelet

  • Phone:

    01 40 26 83 60

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M 7:30am–1am, Tu–F 7:30am–2am, Sa 8:30am–2am, Su 9:30am–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café du Châtelet Review

The Scene

Coffee and cigarettes is the breakfast of choice at Café du Châtelet, a Café and bar catering to a young clientele of students and post-grads.

Coffee and cigarettes is the breakfast of choice at Café du Châtelet, a café and bar catering to a young clientele of students and post-grads.

Early in the day, prepsters and locals enjoy a cup of jeau and people-watching on the heated front patio, while later on groups of friends and students line up at the bar to pass the afternoon over a few pints of beer and whatever’s on the flat-screen TV.

Basic tables and shabby brown booths and chairs give patrons ample slouching space in the back room, though the furniture is cleared away on Fridays and Saturdays when the space is transformed into a small music venue featuring local live acts, DJs, occasional karaoke, and a dance floor packed with tipsy young revelers.

The scene gets a bit rowdier later on, as boisterous jocks and party girls pound shots during the late-night Happy Hour.

Progressively more riotous as the night wears on, Café du Châtelet offers everything from a laid-back after-work cocktail to a drunken dance party – and follows it all up with a hangover-curing breakfast.

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Tip from Lucas:

This is the perfect first-stop bar to load up on cheap beer during the extra-long Happy Hour. Plus, there’s an adjacent late night Tabac that makes getting cigarettes easy.

  • Crowd

    Groups of after-work guys, students, post-grads, jocks, and preppies, early 20s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist of Top 40 tunes. Occasional DJ Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm playing chart and R&B, occasional karaoke. Occasional local bands on Fridays and Saturdays from around 8pm. Flat-screen TV. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Sandwiches, steak crêpes, and appetizers including onion rings and Tex-Mex bites.

  • Prices

    Breakfast €5+, appetizers €4+, sandwiches and salads €3.90+, steaks €8.90+. Beer €4, wine €3.70+/glass or €15+/bottle, cocktails €7, shots €6 for one, €25 for five, €39 for ten.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, sports shirts, button-downs, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday nights from 9pm when the scene really starts to warm up.

  • Close By

    Café Oz (18 Rue Saint-Denis) is another option for dancing the night away.

Café du Châtelet User Reviews

Average rating:
Perfect place for Paris first-timers
Andrea M. Jun 2, 2013
The central location near Metro stop Châtelet and right off busy Rue de Rivoli makes Café du Châtelet the perfect place to get to know Paris. The drinks are reasonably priced during happy hour and the bar staff is friendly and English speaking for those too afraid to practice their French. If you are someone who is French shy, but really wants to learn the language then you should check this place out on Tuesday nights at 8PM when they offer French/English pub quiz. The bar offers drinks and dinner specials all night long for the quiz. The food is decent and can help introduce any first-timer to a tasty croque monseiur or croque madame. It is a great way to meet actual Parisians who wish to practice their English and are willing to help you learn French! Just make sure to come early as the bar fills up fast and their is limited space available. If you wish to express yourself in a different way, Café du Châtelet is one of the few places in Paris to host proper karaoke nights. The atmosphere is fun and lively and the party often spills out onto the patio when Paris is offering nice weather. Don't be surprised to see a long line wrapping around the café as a busy tabac store operates next door. Extra advice- If you need to use the little girls/boys room, make sure you ask the bartender for a bathroom coin to unlock the door and beware of the steep, winding steps on the way down! Overall, Café du Châtelet is a great location to have fun and feel comfortable meeting new people in the amazing City of Lights.
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