Thursday, February 25, 2010

Feel free to feel yourselves like at home


Imagine this: you're in the heart of Paris, looking for a cozy place where to treat your senses with some delicious gourmet plates and warm drinks.. Your walking around the 3rd district, the area full of crowdy bars and chic restaurants but none of them really seems to invite you in. You're passing them all... Until.. Right there, right at the back of the 404 restaurant and Andy Wahloo cocktail bar you see it.. The Place To Go. This venue, called Derrière (= back, in french) presents itself as a typical Parisian family apartment, literally, and has that special atmosphere which is hard to resist. Decoration of a French baroque house, Derriere is equipped with numerous "little touches" which makes the guests feel as if they're hanging out at a friend's place or just enjoying themselves on a small house-party.


Little wooden chairs, messy bookshelves loaded with huge piles of books, an old ‘baignoire’, a bed placed in the middle of the room space and lots of other objects do guarantee the place a unique coolness and an atmosphere you hardly could get from other places. Upon arrival you are welcomed by the staff and get to choose your sitting according to your mood: a settling in the traditional dining room, playing ping-pong in the salon, watching a film in the ‘movies’ designated area or having a cocktail in the boudoir. The venue also offers a more quiet area on the upstairs, which functions as a bedroom, and guests can go to relax.


Well, You think this is it? A place like this coulnd't exist without a secret room, a delicately discrete fumoir where smoking is "off the record", the entrance is from an old baroque wardrobe door covered with mirror (the one you see on the picture above). Huh, pretty exiting, imagine to meet someone you like at this restaurant and by the end of the evening, after many tickeling looks, you suddenly find yourself with that person in the secret room.. Enough of my imagination, my point is, this place is fantastic for all kinds of dates, birthdays, weddings, themed parties.. what ever you imagine to celebrate.


I personally like this idea of a venue a lot. Spending your evening in a place like this is a perfect way to enjoy a good company and just to relax in a friendly-homie ambient. No stress of have to be extra polite or extra-chic. It surely is on top of my list of places where to go in Paris.






What do you think of the place?
Would you eat there or you'd rather prefer just a cocktail or two?


69, rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris
+ 33 1 44 61 91 95
(a reservation is required at least 5 days before the date)
* the prices are circa from 45euros, a normal menu, up to 70euros for à la carte

PS! My dear french readers and especially those from Paris, have you ever been there? If so tell us about your experience:)


Gonçalo Gameiro said...

i could live here! ahah

Café Naïveté said...

Your comment kinda reminded me of how sometimes my friends throw those parties which last like 2-3 days in a row, no-one goes home and the party is 48 up to 72 hours long.. So I guess Derriere could be the PERFECT place to trow a party like that. What you guys think?;)

Lisa Petrarca said...

Very interesting place~

Would love to stop by & check it out. Adding to my dream vacation destination list!

Loving your Blog!

JMay said...

A little too chaotic to live but to have cocktails!? Most definitely, so cool!

Thanks for sharing :-)

the Citizen Rosebud said...

i LOVE it! i would, (ahem, clears throat) ANYTHING there. those bookshelves, the funky yet delightful furnishing, the whole idea of it pleases me. absolutely & utterly charming.

Café Naïveté said...

C. Rosebud- Now that's the spirit I was looking for!!

They do have a great list of wines and a great menu (traditional french gourmet plates and let's not mention the desserts!)

The Photodiarist said...

How quaint! I would live there and probably not leave for a while since there's so much to see and examine in that place!

LML said...

ohoh, see tundub eriti super feelinguga koht. ime et selline koht eksisteerida võib, lihtsalt fantastiline!! sobib pariisi täpselt ideaalselt :)

Mandy said...

I have to agree with the first comment, I would gladly move in tomorrow, so enjoyed this post,just beautiful

la flore et la faune . com said...

I went once, nice idea, but the service and the food are not so good, too bad. I'll give you other good spots when you come.
That's a real tendancy here in Paris : galleries or little shops or homemade creations sold in personal apartments. Do you find the same in Rome ? Or other cities ?

By the way, I love your imagination ;)

Eh bien j'y suis allé une fois, et l'idée est très bien, mais le service et les repas ne sont pas à la hauteur, c'est dommage.
De plus en plus à Paris, les appartements servent de galeries, de show-rooms, de boutiques : plus intimes, plus "à la maison"...
Et à Rome ?

White rabbit said...

Mulle meeldib kuidas sa kirjeldad seda kõike. Mõnus lugeda :)

Café Naïveté said...

la flore et la faune- Ohh I was just waiting for Your comment, was so curious to know if you've been there and what you think about it. so I guess it decides the issue: JUST A COCKTAIL GOES JUST AS WELL, right?:)

You know, the sad thing is in Rome there aren't much places like this which like to experiment with the interiors.. The restaurant-culture is all about the food and food only..

la flore et la faune . com said...

right, just a drink is great : like so many places actually...

about Rome : that's great cos you have something to launch there.
Hope you'll invite me for the first place designed by you ;

khammer said...

mul tuleb nutt peale!
me peame sinna kunagi koos minema..

SabinePsynopsis said...

What a find! I love the aesthetics. Ah, Paris...

Café Naïveté said...

Ohhh La flore et la faune, ohh you may be sure you're gonna hit the list of special guests!!

Sabine, yes, no words needed to describe the wonderfullness of Paris...

Kàrdu- ohhh àra parem rààgiigi, kui làhme siis mul on vàhemalt tosin kohta kuhu VAJA MINNA!!! sinna kanti muuseumid ja turisti-hotspotid...

Passport Smiles said...

I am going to Paris next week; maybe I'll stop in for a cocktail or two after reading one of the comments about how the foods and service is bad. Plus 5 days in advance for a reservation? Nein. But definitely looks like my kind of place.

Thanks for the recommendation!

Nuvola.Giacomo said...

this place it's amazing!
but can you also eat or drink something like a normal cafe?
such a great discover!