Funky and Fun

I spotted an interesting interior the other day on Instagram and since I was already going to be in the Canal Saint-Martin area, I wanted to check it out. It’s a huge place, maybe a former factory or storage unit called the Comptoir General, found behind a wall down a long walk way to the entrance. It’s full of old shabby (non)Chic furniture, lots of plants and antiques and has a Caribbean vibe going on along with happy music. There were two bars, a coffee bar and even a grounded ship.I think they serve caribbean food but I forgot to look at the menu. I wish I had known about this place when my grandson had visited as it was full of young people wandering around taking photos with the iPhones, probably for Instagram too.

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The entry.

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Did Hemingway write a novel here?

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A huge room full of comfy furniture.

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Here is the “ship” made into a bar.

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Good lighting from the other direction down the hall.

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Closeup of the mermaid on the ship.
There was a very nice guy who worked there making the coffee drinks and, when he heard it was my birthday, he gave me a free hot chocolate and even put my age on the top in the decorative foam and didn’t even blink when I told him I was 48.

3 thoughts on “Funky and Fun

  1. You know how in French 70 is 60-10 and 90 is 80-10? Well, I decided that the year after 49 should be 40-10. Why not.
    This place has a certain groove to it. I used to tango in a joint like this. Same kind of brocante deco. The first time, the cab driver was going to wait to be sure I was in the right place–it was a former factory in a dicey neighborhood. Turned out fine.

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