Le Comptoir General
On Friday night me and the boys decided to find this Congolese bar/restaurant that my new friend Robyn had told me about. The place is called Le Comptoir General (80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France) and luckily for us it was only a 20 minute walk from our hotel. It was everything she said it would be. It’s situated in a back alley behind a nondescript door, she said that at first glance it would seem a bit weird and dark, but then you discover this gem of a spot when you round the corner and enter what looked like a cross between a setting where Quentin Tarantino would film a “a deal gone wrong/shoot-up between 2 rival gangs and a serial killer who dresses like a clown” and Deer Hunter (thought of you Kez).
It’s such an awesome space, the heigh ceilings are partly made out of clear perspex so you can see out and lots of it is covered in fake green plants. The inside of this place is made up of small sections using vintage/thrift furniture, each area has a theme and you can lounge around in them while you drink beer and eat. There are collectables everywhere, mostly (I think) from central Africa, which obviously I was super stoked about and there is also an upstairs shop jam packed full of all sorts of things to buy, from vintage clothing to toys to ornaments to posters, it was really really cool.
If you ever find yourself in Paris, I would definitely recommend finding this place and having a drink or 2 while you explore it’s very unusual and unique interiors.