The gentrification of Paris' 19th arrondissement continues with the opening of La Rotonde, a brasserie housed in an impressive neo-classical building on the Place Stalingrad, overlooking the Canal de l'Ourcq. But despite its lofty architecture, the vibe is laid back and prices are reasonable - the aim of La Rotonde is to recreate an unpretentious place to hang out, drink and eat which is accessible to all. There is a tapas bar which spills out onto the square in fine weather, a cocktail bar, a cafe and a brasserie (also serving brunch on Sundays). The upstairs space, which features balconies surrounded by columns and looking on to the canal, is available for private hire. Cultural events are also scheduled as part of the deal of bringing fun and festivities to this grand setting.
6-8, place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, 75019 Paris
all photos copyright Kim Laidlaw