The foodie traveller on … cocktails in Paris

A new bar in Paris’s 11th arrondissement specialising in traditional French ‘coquetels’ aims to be a history lesson in alcoholic drinks

With all the burger joints, Brooklyn-style bars and buzz over brunch, one begins to wonder which country Paris is in these days. But in spite of the US invasion, one proud Gaul has opened a new bistro that not only goes by the patriotic name of A la Française, it also serves only products from France and other francophone countries. Stephen Martin, voted France’s best mixologist in 2009, is reviving the Parisian spirit through cocktails. 

After 26 years of bartending in high-profile bars, Martin realised Paris lacked a venue specialising in traditional French mixed drinks. Two years of research later, A la Française opened last month in the trendy 11th arrondissement.

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