Le Comptoir Général isn’t easy to find if you don’t know where to look. Nestled along the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement, the bar finds itself tucked away behind an inconspicuous graffiti covered half-wall. The area of the Canal Saint-Martin is one of the trendier hang out spots for young people in Paris; boutiques, restaurants, and cafés line the cute canals, and during the summer you would be pressed to find a place to sit along the water to enjoy a warm evening.
When you see a bouncer standing outside motioning the ‘OK’ for you to enter, you know you’ve found the right spot. Walk down a short walkway to a dimly lit building with a neon sign in the shape of an arrow pointing you to a doorway where you can go inside. Voila, you have successfully entered Le Comptoir Général.
The bar/restaurant is a mixture of vintage and eclectic design, with an open floor plan and a few smaller rooms coming off of a hallway that leads to the main room. When we say eclectic, we mean that there is a mishmash of lamps and plants strung from the exposed ceiling beams and there is massive old pirate ship that serves as the main bar. The seating is a collection of old couches, arm chairs, and benches, each grouped off into small sections that can fit up to 10 people comfortably. Come here on a weekend, and there is more likely 15-20 people crammed into each ‘seating area’, chatting loudly while enjoying their drinks and conversations.
We recommend the Planteur cocktail. Strong but delicious, you probably won’t need more than two.
In addition to the bar/restaurant area, during the day Le Comptoir Général also serves as a vintage boutique, selling treasures similar to their funky decor. Visit this hidden gem Monday-Sunday 11am-2am.
Le Comptoir Général, 80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris. +33 1 44 88 24 48.