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Cafe Rosa Bonheur

Cafe Rosa Bonheur

Cafe Rosa Bonheur

Address Parc des Buttes Chaumont, 2 avenue de la Cascade; 75019 Paris
Enter by the gates at 7 rue Botzaris
Neighbourhood 19th Arrondissement | See on map
Metro Botzaris [M7 bis]
Telephone +33 1 42 00 00 45
Website http://www.rosabonheur.fr/
Price Free
Hours Wed-Sun 12-24 (last admission into park at 22)
Best night Sunday (arrive before 18 to avoid queueing)

This rustic gay get-together is a laid back end to the weekend and the perfect antidote to a weekend of high-octane clubbing. The ambience is cutting edge community centre with conversation being a key element to the fun – chatter is a factor often missing in higher decibel gay joints – and the setting is beautiful with the park’s landmark twin peak hillocks looming as part of the dreamy landscaping.

The idyllic al fresco Rosa Bonheur happens to be in the picturesque Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the leafy heart of Boho-land in northern Paris. A laid-back crowd of the gay, the lesbian and the gay-friendly congregates on Sunday afternoons. This hip crowd wiles away the evening over beers and wine and food seated on benches at tables or sprawled on the grass in summer, moving inside in the colder months.

It’s slightly Woodstock meets La Guinguette – the traditional French ball with accordions and high spirited dancing. Summertime and this gay life is easy if you get there early enough. Otherwise embrace yourself for an hour-long wait. If it sounds like too much hassle, as an alternative you may want to check if the fortnightly gay Sunday @ Café Étienne Marcel rendez-vous is taking place.