Watching the world go by at the local brasserie with a glass of vin rouge is a sanctimonious hallmark of Parisian life. While this steadfast attachment to tradition is undoubtedly part of the elegant capital's charm, it's refreshing to see a new league of contemporary watering holes cropping up.
Complete with exposed brick walls, kitsch, colourful interiors, ample greenery and vintage-inspired cocktails, they represent the diversity and exuberance of Paris' next generation of publicans and the "bobo" (bohemian borgeouis) who frequent them.
Lively rooftop cocktail bar with 360-degree views of the city
Literally translated as "the perch", Le Perchoir is a hotspot for well-heeled Parisians and the kind of place you'll want to linger all day.
Situated in the cool northeast quarter of Menilmontant, the rooftop is decked out with fairy lights, day beds, cushions and the most heavenly view. Get there before 6pm to watch the sun-sink behind the Sacre-Coeur.
14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011 Paris, France
Le Comptoir Général
An eclectic, leafy oasis filled with vintage treasures
Just steps away from the picturesque Canal Saint Martin, Le Comptoir Général is an out-of-the-ordinary bar set in an old barn. It labels itself a "temple dedicated to exoticism", a "ghetto museum" and a "true urban amusement park", housing a number of different rooms including a salon and a public library.
The exotic, eclectic décor forms a kind of urban cabinet of curiosities, and the large bar on the ground floor fills up quickly, so make sure you get there early to nab a spot.
80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France
Hidden dive bar with French spirits and hip hop beats
Tucked away behind a decrepit façade covered old band posters in the up-and-coming area near Gare du Nord, Le Syndicat is a true local's haunt. The drinks list hits the fashionable vintage spot, boasting little-known liquors (cognacs, armagnacs, eau de vie and more). The crowd is young, hip and creative and so is the décor.
51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
A quirky, imaginative bar above a laundromat
Ascending the dainty spiral staircase in a functioning laundromat near Republique, enter what feels like a true speakeasy: a bar with no signage, completely hidden from the street and situated in an unremarkable-looking apartment building.
But once inside Le Levomatic, you can curl up on brightly-coloured pop art-style sofas or hang out on swings suspended from the back of the bar. To drink, try the Drunk in Love and the Healthy Mary Detox.
30 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris, France