Le Comptoir General
Looking for an alternative space to enjoy a drink? Consider this part-ethical, part-boozed-up and part-artistic hub of activity on the Quai de Jemmapes in Paris.
Oyé Oyé !
In Paris? A neo-colonial lounge set around a pirate ship is the perfect place to throw out your anchor and have a drink.
Named Le Comptoir Général this unassuming exotic temple has enough optional implementations to sate even the most creative creatives.
This is THE place for culture & wisdom seekers, fashion decorators, guides, chanteuses, DJs, photographers, barmaids, magicians, sorcerers, illustrators and dancers…(who flourish under the hypnotic sounds of Africa)
"As a curious adventurer and a voyage lover, it invites you to explore and appreciate these foreign and strange cultures, poorly known, sometimes underrated and often marginalized. Because exoticism does not only define itself through frontiers and territories, it is also rooted in history, traditions, communities, and exclusions…", well said Le Comptoir, and that's probably why the space is divided into a part-ethical, part-boozed-up and part-artistic hub of activity.
*The amazing works of the naturally gifted artist Sidibe are famous worldwide. He received many awards: i.e the Hasselblad Award for photography and the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion lifetime achievement award (a first timer for a photograper, Bravo)!
Image by Malick Sidibe
This self-proclaimed 'Ghetto Museum' is as Africolor as the creative turf of Basquiat.
Add the seaworthy woodcarvings, unpolished interieur and jazzed-up live drummers and you will find yourself instantly gravitated towards a unique kind of exoticism.
No visas required.
Le Comptoir Général covers 4 areas :
Le Snack Local (restaurant/ street-food inspired cuisine)
La Salle de Bal (bar, lounges, events)
La Salle de Classe (bar, privatization) and some offices.
Open every day
from 11.00 am to 02.00 am, even on public holidays,
with a few exceptions.
The concept-store is open from 11 am to 7 pm.
LE COMPTOIR GÉNÉRAL
80, quai de Jemmapes
Métro: République or Goncourt
Images by citizenFotofloor, unless stated otherwise