On the occasion of the “Oktoberfest”, the largest beer festival “made in Bavaria” and currently exported to the whole world, WorldinParis wants to propose Germans and deutsche Kultur lovers a little bit of Germany in Paris. We have listed below our favourite German addresses in the City of Lights.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
1- Hôtel Beauharnais
78 Rue de Lille 75007 Paris; M. Assamblée Générale, L12 ; Vélib post #901
The Hôtel Beauharnais is the official residence of the German ambassador in France. This historic building located in Paris VII and built in the 1710s is one of the most beautiful examples of Empire architectonic style in Paris. The hôtel’s most important owners were Eugène de Beauharnais, Napoleon I’s step son, and the Prussian king Frederick William III. The latest transformed the hotel into the seat of the Prussian Legation which became later the German Empire’s embassy and finally the current Federal Republic of Germany’s embassy.
Despite its different owners, the hôtel’s architectonic style was always respected and most of the furniture decorating the different rooms is still original from that period. The hôtel’s main feature is an added portico in Egyptian style. Today the hotel can be visited all Mondays for free joining a guided visit (in French) that lasts one hour (registration here). Sometimes the hotel is also opened to visitors during big cultural events like Les Journées du Patrimoine.
A LITTLE BIT OF GERMAN CULTURE
2- Goethe Institut
17 avenue d’Iéna 75016 Paris; M. Iéna L9; Vélib post #16.015
If you want to have a full picture of the German culture, the Goethe Institut is your place. This German institute that can be found everywhere in the world always proposes interesting exhibitions, conferences and events in Paris, check their full program of events here. The Goethe Institut proposes also German language courses and a nice library with a wide choice of media.
3- Festival du Cinéma Allemand
Cinéma L’Arlequin. 76 rue de Rennes 75006 Paris. M. Saint-Sulpice L4; Vélib post #6.003
Another interesting cultural event in Paris is the Festival du Cinéma Allemand (German Cinema Festival) organized by cinema Arlequin. For one week, usually at the beginning of October, this festival proposes the best of German film production with many films premiere, usually with the assistance of its directors. Check the festival’s program here
4- German Bookshops
You can also enjoy German culture in Paris through the wide selection of books available in these two German bookshops:
Librairie Buchladen. 3 rue Burq 75018 Paris. M. Abbesses L12; Vélib post #18.114
Librairie allemande. 5 rue Frédéric Sauton 75005 Paris, M. Maubert-Mutualité L10; Vélib post #5.107
FOOD & DRINKS
5- Le Berliner
49 rue de Lappe 75011 Paris; M. Bastille L1, L5, L8 or M. Ledru-Rollin L8; Vélib post #11.004
Le Berliner is located in the young and lively Bastille district. This pub proposes a virtual trip to Berlin of the 2.000s through its decoration, (underground) music and bohemian atmosphere. The owners, Wilfried and Maxime, are French but they have spent enough time in Berlin to catch the city’s spirit. What to order? Beers (Augustiner, Kostritzer . . .) and currywurst, of course!
6- Kiez, the first Parisian Biergarten
24 rue Vauvenargues 75018 Paris; M. Guy-Moquet L13; Vélib post #18.028
What is a Biergarten ? This is another cool Bavarian invention of the XIXth century that today forms part of the landscape of every city or village in Germany. This “beer-garden” usually has long wooden tables and benches where friends usually meet to have a good time and, of course, drink beer. This concept was imported in Paris two years ago by Kiez, trying to make homesick Germans a little bit happier through its beers (Paulaner, Bitburger Pilsener, Früh Kölsch) and food (brezel, all kind of wursts or Spätzle, the local pasta). Kiez is definitely a place not to miss.
7- Le Café Titon
34 rue Titon 75011 Paris; M. Rue des Boulets, L9; Vélib post #11.009
From outside this place looks like any other Parisian café in the city but as soon as you open the door everything is 100% German inside! What to expect in Café Titon? Theme nights (Karnaval, Bundesliga matches . . ) a kid-friendly atmosphere, sometimes “beer machen” workshops and delicious Kraftbeer and food. Currywurst + pommes, Reinheitsgebot (“free style” preparation), Schnitzel, Kartoffelsalat and much more . . . mmmm, yummy !
16 rue Beaurepaire 7510 Paris; M. République L3, L5, L8, L9, L11; Vélib post #10.014
Willkommen chez Wunderbär! This Gasthaus post gemütlich proposes good wursts, Bavarian beers, Fritz sodas and other classics of the German cuisine. The owners did not forget the desserts and their Apfelstrudel will leave you more than satisfied. Wunderbär also proposes a take-away service for those who prefer to enjoy their German flavours along Canal Saint Martin. Guten apetit!
9- House of 3 brothers
25 rue de Lancry 75010 Paris; M. Jacques Bonsergent, L5; Vélib post #10.010
Leave a little space in your stomach for the dessert and House of 3 brothers won’t disappoint you. This boutique-pâtisserie, also not far from Canal Saint Martin, is waiting for you with delicious German-inspired cakes using the same recipes than auntie Léonie: Käsekuchen, chocolate Katzi, cheesecake, ginger bread . . . Using best quality ingredients and a well-designed packaging, heaven was never so close to Canal Saint Martin!
10- Le Stube
31 rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris; M. Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, L1 and L7; Vélib post #1.015
This is considered the first Germanophile place in Paris. Gherard, native from Hessen, proposes in his café-shop anything a German pure breed would like to taste in terms of cakes: Apfelstrudel, blackforest (Schwarzwälderkirschtorte), Kirschstrudel, Linzertorte . . . What else? Well, he also has currywurst! And Sauerkraut, Kassler, Frikadellen . . . everything to eat on site or take-away. Who needs to go to Germany with all these delicacies on site?
A Stube kiosk can be found inside Goethe Institut (see place #2 above for the address) with a schedule following the Institut courses and events.
11- Der Tante Emma Laden
31-33 rue du Château-d’Eau 75010 Paris, M. Jacques-Bonsergent, L5; Vélib post #10.008
Last but not least, you can do your German shopping at Der Tante Emma Laden, one of the few German stores in the capital to offer an impressive selection of beers, meats, cheeses, cakes, candy and sweets from the other side of the Rhine River. If you prefer to cook your favourite German recipes yourself, this is the place to go.
20 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette; M. Porte de la Villette, L7; Vélib post #19.115
And finally what about the Oktoberfest? Paris has its own Oktoberfest only since 2015. This second year the event will take place at La Villette, from Thursday 06 October to Sunday 09 October. During these days expect to drink (lots of) beer, eat traditional food & sing Bavarian songs. “Ach so!”
Price min 34.90€ (with 15€ on food or drinks included). All the program here
Do you know other cool German addresses in Paris? Send us a mail to bonjour [at] worldinparis [dot] com, we can include them in this post.
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