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La Friche Richard-Lenoir │ Courtesy of Earnest
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Secret Pop-Up Bar To Open In Paris' 11th Arrondissement

Picture of Paul McQueen
Updated: 13 September 2016
The skies above Paris may be turning decidedly gray but there is one last burst of sunshine and summer fun on the horizon: La Friche Richard-Lenoir. Out of the wasteland (that’s the English name for those of you reaching for your translation apps) of a Mercedes garage will blossom a pop-up venue to rival La Station and the Grand Train in the 18th arrondissement.

A collaborative project from event agencies Surprize, Earnest, and Doppler and the town hall of the 11th arrondissement, La Friche will occupy a 3,000-square-meter plot at 66 Boulevard Richard-Lenoir (about five paces from the Bastille Design Center), extending through the block towards the Église Saint-Ambroise on the opposite side. All going well, this combination of a mega street food market and beer garden — something which Paris has been lacking on the kind of scale you’d expect from a major world capital — will open on Thursday, September 8th and remain free to access through to the end of October.

Crowds at La Friche │ © Alexandre Icovic, courtesy of La Friche
Crowds at La Friche │ | © Alexandre Icovic, courtesy of La Friche
Drinkers at La Friche │ © Alexandre Icovic, courtesy of La Friche
Drinkers at La Friche │ | © Alexandre Icovic, courtesy of La Friche
Refreshment stand at La Friche │ © Alexandre Icovic, courtesy of La Friche
Refreshment stand at La Friche │ | © Alexandre Icovic, courtesy of La Friche

In the place of cracked concrete and proliferating dandelions, we can expect a new social space for Paris which adheres to the city’s ecological principles. It is being constructed using recycled materials and will be furnished with reclaimed or upcycled objects.

According to Morgan Even of Earnest, in the way of things to do there will be ‘two refreshment bars set up in converted shipping containers, a selection of food trucks, an area for petanque and another for Mölkky, a ping pong table, a drawing wall, an open stage, a playground and games for children, a teaching garden, and cabanas in which associations, artisans, and traders can present their creations’. Which is to say, there is plenty to get excited about. It’s envisaged as more of a daytime venue, however exact opening times have yet to be announced.

Once autumn is upon us and La Friche has run its course, the plot will be transformed into a public garden, ready to be opened at some point in 2017. So be sure to pay this unique patch of urban paradise a visit while you have the chance!

📅 Thursday, September 8th until the end of October.

📍 La Friche Richard-Lenoir, 66 Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, 75011 Paris, France