City Guide: Paris

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By Katie Mascaro

Le Clown Bar

Sip and savor modern French fare at this former hangout for off-duty clowns.

Steps from the Cirque d’Hiver winter circus, still in operation, is a sunny bar and restaurant that was originally a hangout for the off-duty clowns and other members of the troupe. The painted glass ceiling and ceramic tile depict cheerful (and less-so) clowns; the chic tables have hidden drawers for stashing silverware. The modern French menu is innovative and attracts those in the restaurant industry, with a kitchen run by a team of skillful Japanese magicians. If you want to watch the world stroll by grab a seat on the popular heated terrace. Note: The same owners run, Saturne, a popular foodie haunt.

Must try:
Aperitif / Industry Hangout
Reservations: By phone, if you can get through
Hours: Open at 8 a.m. for drinks; food service Wed-Sun 12-2:30 p.m., 7 -10:30pm; Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays
Location: 11th Arrondissement
Address: 114, rue Amelot
Phone: 01 43 55 87 35
  • Metro: Filles du Calvaire
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