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While Paris is by no means short of watering holes, with cafés, bars and brasseries on every corner, there is something inherently exciting about a place that the locals don’t want you to find. Disguised as apartment blocks, pizzerias, warehouses, these hidden gems reward any intrepid (and thirsty) traveler.
Not so much hidden as just off the beaten track, Le Comptoir Général can be found by sneaking up an alleyway just by the Canal Saint Martin. The vast barn houses a light and airy venue with several unusually and eclectically furnished rooms and gardens. The décor, drinks and food change regularly, according to the theme of the temporary exhibition. You may be surrounded by all things Franco-African, or plunged back into your teenage years with Brat Pack films and old-school video games – but the laid-back and unpretentious vibe is a permanent feature.