Paris-Bastille and the Marais
Mar 15, 2018
The 20th arrondissement is not one of Paris’ best loved corners and yet it is the home of one of its hippest spots, Mama Shelter, a former car park that has been converted into a stylish and innovative hotel, restaurant and bar, designed by none other than Philippe Starck. The entire ground floor is given over to the wining and dining side of the operation. There’s a large island bar surrounded by sofas, DJ decks are tucked in the corner (which come into play later in the night) and there’s a more formal dining area with predictably quirky and colourful chairs. You can even have a game of table football if you get bored, or admire the high octane wall murals. There’s a roof terrace that’s open over the summer, which is a fantastic spot for a warm evening. While the design is very much at the heart of the set up, the food and drink don’t lag far behind. The menu is simpler than the more cutting edge elements elsewhere would suggest, but this is no complaint as everything is done simply but very well indeed; there’s also an exciting wine list and the cheese plate is particularly excellent (well, this is Paris after all). There’s also a no-reservations pizzeria if you fancy something a little less formal. The bar tenders are also highly knowledgeable and can mix a killer cocktail. Should you be so entranced you wish to stay, the hotel offers a range of rooms including the seriously bling Mama Suite, in whose graffiti adorned walls you can indulge your inner rock star.