Canopied by a gold-stencilled navy-blue awning, the Charbon was the first of the hip bars to catch on in Ménilmontant and remains one of the best. It’s always crowded and worth heading to for the belle époque decor (high ceilings, chandeliers and leather booths) and sociable atmosphere. Happy hour is 4.30pm to 8pm; DJs and musicians play Thursday to Saturday.