Posts Tagged ‘Oberkampf’

Mojita & Bob offers a nice selection of well-prepared tapas and mains in a lively environment that won’t break the bank.

Mojita & Bob

I was looking to reconnect with some friends last weekend after we had all been traveling and running in different directions. It was Friday morning and we hadn’t made a plan for the night yet. We didn’t feel like an elaborate, multicourse French bistro dining experience, but a takeout crêpe wasn’t going to cut it either. That’s when we decided to try out Mojita & Bob, a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar on the trendy rue Oberkampf.

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Café Charbon

I’ve had a lot of visitors in Paris lately, and my last one stumped me when it came time to pick a restaurant. She said she’s not into food and just wanted a nice atmosphere. I think life is too short to ever eat bad food, especially in Paris. So I needed to find a fun, middle-of-the-road Paris brasserie whose menu would be approachable but also palatable pour moi!

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Parc de Belleville, in Paris

Belleville in Paris

Belleville is set apart from the Paris of historical landmarks and glowing monuments, and worlds away from the Paris of designer labels of the Champs Elysées. Belleville in Paris is an area that is historically home to the middle class, and now hosts pockets of various ethnicities—including Asian, Arab and Jewish—as well as bobos. “Bobo” refers to “bourgeois bohemian” and is a term used to describe yuppie hipsters. This mélange of culture also makes Belleville a great destination for delicious cuisine.

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Fennel and radicchio salad at Au Passage, a small-plates wine bar in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris

Au Passage

It’s very possible that you will second-guess your directions on the way to Au Passage. This Paris wine bar, which opened late last summer, is on a nondescript street with virtually no other visible commerce, little traffic and no character. All of which, of course, is part of its charm.

No money seems to have been put into the room.

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Aux Deux Amis

“A real neighborhood place,” I kept hearing a man say at the table next to us, at Aux Deux Amis, and he’s right. But this can have wildly different meanings, depending on the neighborhood. In this case it’s Oberkampf, lively and mixed, with plenty of unglazed cool.

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