Like every big city with a river flowing through it, Paris has a little feud between its left and right bank. It happens every now and then that I have to explain to people why I live on Paris’ left bank, the side of the river that was roaring up till the 1960s and has been considered asleep by many ever since. Because nowadays the Place the République is “where it happens” and where new burger restaurants open on a weekly basis. (Burgers are considered fashionable here, in case you were wondering.) But whoever is a bit nostalgic about character and appreciates the slight clichéd, but pleasant image of a cultural/intellectual Paris, can eat their hipsters’ heart out on the left bank.
One of the very typical places for this area to me is Le Lucernaire: a theatre, cinema, restaurant and café. Even if you don’t want to spend time watching an incomprehensible French arthouse film, the café is a nice place to hang out. (Admittedly I go here for the café most of the time…) The wines are not expensive and served by a cool waitress who’s certainly not of a hipster age but is unquestionably cool. The whole vibe tells you this place has been open for quite a bit longer than last season and that’s what is charming about it.
A pleasant detail: Le Lucernaire is located just next to the Jardin de Luxembourg, so when you’ve done your late afternoon stroll you know where to go!