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Pop-ups in Paris

Eat, drink and dance at Paris's derelict railway site pop-ups — just don't go off the rails.

Published 2 Sept 2016, 09:00 BST, Updated 7 Jul 2021, 15:25 BST
Grand train pop-up in northern Paris
Grand train pop-up in northern Paris.

Join the Parisian bon vivants at pop-up bars, restaurants and galleries across the city. A series of renewal projects has seen creative spaces temporarily emerge in derelict railway sites all over the French capital.

1. Grand Train pulled into a former SNCF depot in northern Paris on 30 April. Open until 16 October, this venue features a train exhibition, live music, eight restaurants and an area to play pétanque.

2. Discover emerging local music at La Station in Gare des Mines, a former railway warehouse in the 18th arrondissement. Open until 23 October.

3. Pop-up Le Perchoir can be found at the Gare de l'Est rooftop until 15 October. The industrial iron and glass bar is nestled beneath the Belle Époque station's half-rose window, and is a great spot to peer across the city of lights.

4. Case is hosted in a series of shipping containers in the 10th arrondissement, and features exhibitions promoting sustainability. A coffee shop and burger joint keep punters satiated.

5. In the derelict Saint-Ouen train station, Le Hasard Ludique — a community-centred bar, restaurant and music venue — is set to open in early 2017.

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Published in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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