Near the convenient, transport hub Nation is Maxam, an ideal place for grabbing a drink on a grey Friday…and if you’re already a bit peckish, you’re in for a treat!
You’ll find Maxam on the quieter end of rue de Montreuil, sheltered by its protruding, frescoed neighbouring building. The entrance is small and unassuming, so you could easily miss it, but that’s part of the charm. This shelter gifts the bar with a few tables, away from the pavement and the road.
The interior is a mix of clean, hipster-lounge and faux warehouse… I’m not convinced it works, but I can forgive them because once you’re perched at the bar on squishy doughnut stools, or tucked towards the back, you can kick back and push your worries away!
Maxam won me over with its burrata, tartines and cured meats, all presented neatly and simply. Everything can be shared, which I’ve always found relaxes people and adds another topic of conversation.
Service can be on the slow side but it’s clearly because the staff are having fun and chatting to all of their customers… which is lovely to see and far more important than getting another basket of bread quickly to polish off their delicious basque paté!
Pop in for a quick drink alone, or to catch up with a group of friends. You’ll be well watered and fed, and you won’t be disappointed.
Also, check out their Facebook page, as they have a few little concerts on every month…