Point Ephémère, centre artistique, concerts, Paris 2015

Top 10 Alternative Hang-outs

Abandoned factories, vacant lots, former railway stations… Over the past decade, abandoned sites in and around Paris have found new life as quirky, hybrid spaces dedicated to culture and fun.

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In Paris, you can now do yoga, brunch, attend a workshop, and mosh to a gig by the latest band all in the same space. Across the capital, a new generation of alternative spaces is changing the face of the city's lifestyle scene. Their credo? To create accessible, hybrid spaces, where different people and art forms can interact, off the beaten track.

Off the rails

Full steam ahead

At Ground Control , set in a former postal sorting office near the Gare de Lyon, the fun is super-sized: the vast 4,500m2 hall houses six food counters offering dishes from all corners of the globe, before your yoga or photography class. On fine days you can also relax in the huge terraced garden.

Ground Control

Back on track

The former Gare Saint-Ouen station, by the Porte de Clichy, has found new life as the Hasard Ludique : a buzzing space that holds weekly concerts and workshops. Whether for a bit of lunch, a weekend brunch or an evening drink, make the most of the good weather from the 300m² outdoor terrace overlooking the centre of Paris.

Urban utopia

This summer, solidarity, culture, wellbeing, urban agriculture and, above all, good mood are on the menu at Les Grands Voisins! Attend a concert or a meeting, visit an exhibition or discover designer items after being seated on one of the sunny terraces of this utopian village. This peace haven will restore your faith in humanity!

Terminus Nord

Founded by the MU arts collective in an abandoned former railway station at Porte d'Aubervilliers , the Gare des Mines showcases the edgiest names in the emerging arts scene. Be prepared for a potent cocktail of electro DJ sets , indie gigs , writing workshops , film screenings, and live performances.

Urban wilderness

City beaches

Nestled alongside the Canal de l'Ourcq in the suburb of Saint-Denis , the 6B dedicates its massive former industrial space to creativity and culture, hosting regular concerts, exhibitions and performances. In the summer, its vast terrace transforms into an urban beach, where you can dance the night away, your toes in the sand. 6-10, quai de Seine - 93200 Saint-Denis

Nature trail

At the Ferme du Bonheur , an ideas lab and rural oasis set on vacant lots next to the Paris Nanterre University , pick your way amongst the vintage furniture to a table, where you can enjoy a drink , watch a show , or join in a dance party. Nature lovers will enjoy the bee-keeping classes and tours around the poetic vegetable gardens.

Ferme du Bonheur

Cultural patchwork

Decorated with objects from across Africa, the Comptoir Général is a delightfully eclectic sanctuary, set right by the Canal Saint-Martin , filled with plants, salvaged treasures, a record store, a library, and cocktail bar – not to mention an exotic restaurant and even witchcraft workshops! Make sure to visit the luxuriant indoor garden.

Comptoir General

Concept hotel

Set in the former General Electric offices , the Mob Hotel dramatically shook up the Paris hotel scene when it opened by the Saint-Ouen Flea Market in 2017. Highlights include elegant rooms, a rooftop vegetable garden, an open-air cinema, a vegetarian restaurant and a pop-up store dedicated to the hippest new designers.

Art at the heart of the party

A stone’s throw from Opera, this former supermarket has had a refresh to become the most arty party venue in the world. Over a period of 10 months, La Grande Surface - Party gallery is hosting, on its three levels, exhibitions, performances, a restaurant, good sounds, bars, night markets… Come before the end of the year to experience this unprecedented transient venue right in the heart of Paris!

On the Waterfront

Canal concerts

With its hugeterrace garden, Dock B , in a former customs building in Pantin just north-east of Paris, is the perfect place to enjoy a summer drink with friends or listen to an outdoor concert to an unmatched backdrop over the Canal de l'Ourcq. In between gigs, why not stop off at its excellent restaurant and cosy café , or get inspired at the concept store?

Wildflower

The Point Éphémère , set on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin in a former construction supplies warehouse, has, over the years, become one of Paris's unmissable culture destinations. As well as regular exhibitions , concerts , performances , festivals and parties , it also boasts a great downstairs bar and a roof terrace , Le Top : the perfect space for a summer drink and a bite with stunning views over the canal.

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Le Hasard Ludique
Drink, eat, learn, have fun, chill out..Le Hasard Ludique is a new kind of venue that will enchant you!
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La ferme du bonheur - Nanterre
La Ferme du bonheur
A laboratory of ideas, culture and urban farming, La Ferme de Bonheur is a joyfully zany place that sprung up on the wasteland near Paris Nanterre University. It's alternative and one of a kind where visitors can enjoy a drink amongst random second-hand…
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Les Grands Voisins
Les Grands Voisins
An idyllic village nestled in the former Saint-Vincent de Paul hospital, Les Grands Voisins offers a whole new experience centred on community economy, culture, well-being and even urban farming.
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La Grande surface
La Grande Surface - Galerie Festive
A newcomer when it comes to hybrid venues, in the heart of the Opera district, the party gallery La Grande Surface is causing a stir on the Parisian summer scene. Between arty bar, party restaurant and daring art gallery, we love this 'new art house'!
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