1. Sip Chablis at La Belle Hortense
Le Marais, the ramshackle, historical neighborhood on the right bank of the Seine, is rapidly being gentrified. But it still maintains some of its bohemian vibe.
La Belle Hortense, a ‘literary bar’ named after a nineteenth-century romantic novel, is a quiet place to chill in the afternoon, sitting on squishy sofas in the back with a café and browsing the wide range of books. You can also look over the latest art or photography exhibition on the walls.
In the evenings, peruse the wine list and take a seat at the zinc bar or one of the rickety little tables; often there will be a book signing, poetry reading, or lecture going on (albeit usually in French).
Where: 31 Rue Vieille du Temple, Metro Hotel de Ville or Saint-Paul.
When: 5 PM – 2 AM.
What: Check cafeine.com for events and exhibitions.