Candelaria is a cocktail bar and taqueria in the haute Marais, drawing an international set of fashion types, cocktail drinkers and pretty young things.
Since its debut many moons ago, the bar has consistently ranked in the World’s 50 Best Bars, taking the #12 position in 2015. Perhaps because of this, the thing missing most at Candelaria is locals, as we have been effectively elbowed out by in-the-know tourists who can arrive at 8pm to snare a spot.
The menu stays reasonably the same, Tostada’s with cactus or queso fresco, Tacos with pork or chicken or beef, always with a vegetarian option. The food is authentically Mexican, except for the price which is decidedly Marais.
On weekends it gets a bit too packed to get a drink quickly or find a seat, but Sunday and Monday nights are great in terms of crowd to staff ratio, and DJs spin nightly.
Impress fellow hipsters: Go on a Sunday afternoon for the dedicated cocktail brunch (12:30pm-4pm), which can be consumed in the more spacious comforts of the bar.
Candelaria, 52 Rue Saintonge 75003
T. +33 (0)1 42 74 41 28
Metro: Filles du Calvaire
Open everyday, 12pm – 2am