QuickTake: L’Epicier is a cocktail bar with Arabian touches hidden behind a grocery store shelf
Remember Lavomatic, the Paris cocktail bar with an entrance hidden in a washing machine? If you like that, you’ll love their little sister bar, L’Epicier, with its entrance hidden in the shelves of a convenience store.
Stop into the miniscule little shop and check the shelves stocked with boxes of couscous, harissa and various other sundries. When you pick one particular product, the shelf swings open for entry into a fun little hidey-hole of an Arabian inspired bar. Lots of colorful Moroccan lamps cast a warm glow in the dim room, low tables are made from Arabic stop signs and rattan swinging chairs swing from the ceiling in a corner.
The menu features cocktails with exotic eastern ingredients like rose water, tonka, orange blossom, cardamom or pomegranate, with approachable prices ranging from 10 to 13 Euros – plus a bespoke option at 14 Euros. The “Tété du Bled” is a popular choice and served Moroccan mint tea style, poured from a pot into a small glass. Drinks come with a tiny bowl of lupin beans and the menu includes a few small dishes like aubergine caviar or mezze plates. There are also a couple of non- alcoholic cocktails on offer as well as softs, beer and wine by the glass and bottle.
Like the cocktails, the staff are easy going and friendly. In short: it’s a cute, fun address for a nocturnal escape from Paris.
24 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth