An Offbeat Restaurant-Bar in a Hip Parisian Neighborhood

An Offbeat Restaurant-Bar in a Hip Parisian Neighborhood

In a hip underground neighborhood, two steps away from the Saint Martin Canal, a bar and restaurant called the Cabinet de sa Majesté — Her Majesty's Cabinet, in English — is providing a cool new place to hang out. At this cozy establishment that also doubles as a cabinet of curiosities, patrons will discover a collection of interesting and sometime bizarre items that make for great conversation over drinks or dinner.

Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens who visit Le Cabinet de sa Majesté can expect to stumble upon microscopes and their accompanying slides, animals horns, chain mail, and insects in glass receptacles, among other strange objects. To add to the fun, diners eat on Singer sewing tables and the film 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' plays in the restrooms.

This restaurant, which just recently opened, offers a completely unique experience that visitors will not find elsewhere in Paris. Despite its newness, the Cabinet de sa Majesté, with its intentionally unfinished walls and its attic atmosphere, already seems like it has been around for ages. And this sense of age only enhances its charm.

Another special feature of the restaurant is the cocktail bar, which doles out intriguing creations that visitors can taste along with small plates of Chorizo-fried Camembert cheese  or Bresaola. Those who want a more substantial meal can opt for filet mignon in a Parmesan crust served with risotto, beef tartare or even a classic cheeseburger. For dessert, diners can enjoy treats like fresh fruit salad or chocolate and speculoos pastry.

The Cabinet de sa Majesté has a selection of dishes to suit all tastes in an area of Paris — the Oberkampf neighborhood — that is rapidly becoming very popular amongst the locals. Therefore, visitors to Paris should make sure to check out this hidden gem.

Le Cabinet de sa Majesté

4 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011

Open from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 pm. Monday and Saturday