I first noticed this place while taking a casual walk south along Canal Saint Martin. Right next to Jardin Villeman public park, L’Atmosphère is graced with a significant slab of sidewalk. On a sunny day, the lucky ones are basking in their chairs outside this charming café.
Featured in the film Les Poupées Russes, where Xavier and his English friend William enjoy dinner while catching up on each other’s lives, L’Atmosphère is the perfect place for dinner with friends, followed by a stroll along the canal among the throngs of Parisian picnickers.
If you’re in the mood for apéro, order a mojito. It’s made with Havana rum and sure to have you feeling like you’re on a tropical vacation in no time. They also have a great selection of wine, and if it’s actually hot outside I suggest a carafe of the Chateau pas du Cerf rosé. As for the food, I’ve never had something here I didn’t like. The seasonal lobster is delicious, and the duck always a promising choice. In the summer, their fish such as the lemon sole (limande-sole) is served pan-fried and very fresh.
On the occasion when the weather is actually pleasant in Paris, there’s nothing more satisfying than sipping a drink next to the canal and watching the people stroll by, n’est-ce pas? The best part is that when you’re finished at L’Atmosphère but not yet ready to go home, you can order a beer à emporter and find a spot among the crowd along the canal.
49 Rue Lucien Sampaix
Metro: Jacques Bonsergent, République
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