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Saturday, January 20, 2018


Le Carillon reopened two months after Paris attacks. A staff member raises his glass to toast with customers inside the Carillon as the popular cafe reopened on Jan. 13, 2016 exactly two months after the 2015 attacks in Paris. This week marks a year since the cafe reopened its doors after it was among the Paris sites targeted by Islamic extremists in a series of attacks that cost 130 lives and cast a shadow of fear over the city.

GUEST BLOG—By run-down, rustic aesthetic rules in this canal-side café-bar. Simple wooden tables sit alongside dilapidated sofas, on which a cool crowd sit tapping away on their MacBooks in the day and sipping cocktails in the evening. The relaxed vibe, carried by smooth jazz on the stereo – and sometimes live jazz in the evenings – all stays on the right side of insufferably hipster, preserving much of the character of a charming old watering hole. Note: it can get a bit rammed during the 6-8pm happy hour, when the local restaurant-going clientele stop by for a quick aperitif. At €3 for a pint of Amstel or €4 for a mojito, you can see why.

The review (above) seemingly reflects a return to normalcy as it was written in June 2016.  Images from Reuters and Time Out Paris.



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