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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 favorite German addresses in the City of Lights.

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Germany in Paris

FIRST THINGS FIRST

1- Hôtel Beauharnais

78 Rue de Lille 75007 Paris;  M. Assamblée Générale, L12; Vélib post #901

The Hôtel Beauharnais, located in the seventh Arrondissement, is the official residence of the German ambassador in France. This historic building 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 stepson, 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.

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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.

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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 in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris. 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

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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!

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6- Kiez, the first Parisian Biergarten

24 rue Vauvenargues 75018 Paris; M. Guy-Moquet L13; Vélib post #18.028

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What is a Biergarten? This is another cool Bavarian invention of the XIX 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.

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7- Le Café Titon

34 rue Titon 75011 Paris; M. Rue des Boulets, L9; Vélib post #11.009

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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 (“freestyle” preparation), Schnitzel, Kartoffelsalat and much more . . . mmmm, yummy!

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8- Wunderbär

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 takeaway service for those who prefer to enjoy their German flavors along Canal Saint Martin. Guten apetit!

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DESSERTS

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, gingerbread . . . Using best quality ingredients and a well-designed packaging, heaven was never so close to Canal Saint-Martin!

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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 located in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris anything a German pure breed would like to taste in terms of cakes: Apfelstrudel, black forest (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.

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SOME SHOPPING

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 favorite German recipes yourself, this is the place to go.

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OKTOBERFEST

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

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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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Men migrate with food, kitchen utensils but also with recipes and eating habits. Once in France, many keep the culinary practices of their country. During the nineteenth century, grocery stores and restaurants founded by emigrants started to appear in France. Primarily intended to serve these foreign communities, Arab and Asian grocery stores started to be appreciated also by French people, curious to discover cuisines from other parts of the world. Until now. Today it is possible to try food from any part of the world in Paris, maybe this is one of the reasons why Paris is called the Capital City of the World ;- )

 

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  • Gel
    11/25/2016 at 11:13 am

    The drinks made me want to crave for a bottle of beer since today is Friday. haha!

    • WorldInParis
      11/26/2016 at 10:13 am

      I am IN, prost! 🙂

  • Nancy
    10/10/2016 at 11:49 pm

    Oktoberfest anywhere is great but Paris looks second best after Germany. BTW your photo’s of the food has me drooling! 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:18 am

      Yummy! I will have my dose of German beer and curry soon pretty soon 🙂

  • Yenor
    10/10/2016 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, that really does look like Germany in Paris! Loved reading this. Great photos!

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:19 am

      Glad that you liked the post, Yenor 🙂

  • Nic
    10/10/2016 at 9:43 pm

    This is so cool, we have bars that do Oktoberfest in the UK and it is great to do if you can’t get over there.

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:19 am

      We need to keep Parisian-Germans happy 🙂

  • Evan Kristine
    10/10/2016 at 7:12 pm

    Amazing! You don’t even have to go far to experience Oktoberfest in France 😀

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:20 am

      We just take the metro (or by bike!)

  • Daisy J. Crawford
    10/09/2016 at 11:08 pm

    I’m sad to say I’ve never been to any of these places nor have I celebrated October fest. I must do it!! Fête des Vendanges is harsh competition, but this year they didn’t even have fireworks. Thanks for the info… I’ll have to include on my long list of things to do in Paris (even though I’ve been here 3 years!)

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:21 am

      In my opition Fête des Vendanges beats Oktoberfest 😀

  • LISA
    10/09/2016 at 10:14 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun and the food looks delicious. Would love to visit France and I don’t think it’s odd a all to see Germany in France, pretty cool!

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:21 am

      Well no, if you visit France go to French cafés and restaurants I would say!

  • Miranda
    10/09/2016 at 7:03 am

    Le Cafe Titon looks super fun! I especially like that it’s kid friendly. If I’m every in Paris and don’t have time to go to Germany, I’ll use this guide for sure 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:22 am

      Thanks for your comment Miranda!

  • Heather Cole
    10/08/2016 at 9:35 pm

    I had no idea Paris has an Oktober fest too, how cool! And it sounds like you can spend an entire day (or week?) having German experiences there, a different place for each course of dinner!

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:22 am

      Oktoberfest is here only since 2015 but it seems it is being a big success 😉

  • Tom
    10/08/2016 at 9:20 pm

    Parisians (and the French in general) drink far more beer than some people realize, and their favorite bistro snack is choucroute, sauerkraut with sausages, so it’s not surprising to see lots of German places in Paris. I must admit German food leaves me mostly cold, but the biergarten is one of their best inventions.

    • WorldInParis
      10/11/2016 at 10:23 am

      Agree, I LOVE biergartens!