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Ground Control – Your outdoor summer lounge

As the humid summer haze takes its hold over our city, if you can’t find a spot on a cafe terrace (or just want to avoid choking on passive cigarette smoke) the vast outdoor spaces are rather precious.

Ground Control is an annual, fleeting street food/bar/music venue that takes over an empty space in the city during the summer. This summer’s chosen spot was previously a post-sorting office on rue de Charolais just by Gare de Lyon.

Kid-friendly during the day and buzzing in the evening, as a local, you’ll probably bump into at least one person you know (my personal record is 4), as this is truly “ze place to be” this summer!

Perch around a table with your friends and soak up the atmosphere – enjoy the vegetarian burgers, patisseries or hot dogs and pick up a pint or an ice-cold bottle of rosé to battle the summer heat. Surrounded by olive trees, water features and pop-up stands, you’ll soon forget you’re in the centre of Paris, and be able to unwind after a long week.

P.S. Go during the day or early in the evening. If you go in the evening, you should be prepared to queue a good half hour!

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Details about this spot



81 rue du Charolais, Paris

Opening Times

Tue - Sat 11:00 - 23:45, Sun 11:00 - 22:00


Pint of beer: € 6


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)