Mama Shelter

Paris-Bastille and the Marais

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Mar 15, 2018

Tucked away among the winding cobbled streets of the 20th arrondissement, Mama Shelter, is a decidedly different kind of hotel bar.

The ambience is a world away from a conventional hotel bar atmosphere, with a lavishly graffitied chalkboard ceiling and colourful wall murals. The decor is an enticing blend of bohemian and urban chic that can’t fail to inspire. The bar stays open from lunchtime to 1:30am, making it the perfect place to begin or end an evening.

The customers who frequent the square island bar are a varied bunch — guests stepping out of their rooms for a slice of pizza rub shoulders with native Parisians who’ve stopped by to enjoy the lively company and sample some of Mama Shelter’s delicious cocktails. The area around the hotel is very popular with artists and writers, creative types who are naturally drawn to Mama Shelter’s effortless style.

The hotel is the brainchild of Philip Starck. As you’d expect, it’s very strong on design, with lots of waxed concrete and other inventive materials on display. The emphasis is on fun and light-heartedness, as evidenced by the football table, vending machines full of toys, and decorative touches like the straw sunhat lampshades over the bar. The space is open-plan and communal, inviting you to mingle with the varied and vibrant clientele.

The drinks on offer are an eclectic mix of classic French wines and cocktails with a Californian influence. If you’re not in the mood for a fine Bordeaux, how about a Wilcox Avenue or a Passion Ginger Fizz? The food is equally as creative, as well as being hearty and good value. Besides the impressive sharing platters (devised by none other than Guy Savoy), Mama Shelter is renowned for its pizzeria — with its traditional brick oven, it offers some of the tastiest pizza around.