Restaurant meets quirky interior meets co-working space meets cocktail bar and even a ‘speakeasy’ style space in ‘Le Shack Paris,’ a brand new concept located in the bustling and busy 9th arrondissement of the city. Here’s a quick review, as well as a little history and how to visit this vibrant space for yourself.
Please note that I was invited to le Shack as part of a press day organised to promote the ‘Eiffel Day’. All photos and opinions remain my own.
A history of Le Shack
The open-space can be found at number 4 down the classical looking impasse Sandrié in the 9th arrondissement, although what greets you next is anything but traditional. The brightly-lit building itself was brought to life by none other than Gustave Eiffel of the Eiffel Tower variety in 1892 when it was constructed to house the publishing house of Calmann-Lévy.
Old meets new in a late 19th-century publishing house turned into a functional and modern space just a few steps from the likes of the Paris opera house and grand department stores of Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.
When the building was originally constructed during the latter half of the 19th-century, it was a departure from the traditions of the day. While most publishing houses were located around Odéon on the left-bank of the city, Calmann-Lévy departed from this by setting up shop on the right-bank.
Back when the publishing house opened, the idea was that the ground floor would act as a room to showcase the publisher’s library of books, a place that the public could access. Meanwhile, the printers were located in the basement.
Perhaps most interesting about the space today is the effort that has gone into maintaining the original features of the place. From stickers which remain on the shelves from when they were used to display books to the original pulleys and levers, many of the details of the original building have been preserved for posterity.
There’s even a winding staircase that is fondly referred to as ‘Eiffel’s staircase’ on account of its narrow and low-ceiling form. Gustave Eiffel himself stood at 164 cm and many features in the building remain harder to walk-through for those who are taller.
Food and drink at Le Shack
There are two different venues to enjoy food and drinks at Le Shack. The main area is the open-space co-working/ dining room which you’ll immediately enter into after passing the golden bear (once a cloakroom back during the 19th-century) in the entryway.
Hot and cold snacks and drinks are available throughout the day. As well as a fairly pricey select menu of main dishes such as risottos, seafood salads, and the like, there are a wide array of desserts on offer such as panna cotta or fruit salad.
Though I wasn’t entirely blown away by the mushroom risotto with aged parmesan, the ambiance of the restaurant and the quality of service was fantastic. I’ve also been informed that the signature cocktails (€between 9 and €22) are simply delicious.
How to visit Le Shack Paris in the 9th arrondissement
Depending on whether you’re heading to the venue to work, organise a meeting, or simply head out for after work drinks with friends, Le Shack is open from Monday through to Friday between 8 AM and Midnight. Le Shack is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more private meetings and business events, it’s possible to rent rooms of varying sizes (depending on what your requirements are) by the hour, half day, or full-day. There’s even a fully-equipped TV studio that can be rented out.
Please note that if you want to dine in the restaurant or simply want to enjoy cocktails with friends, booking is highly recommended. Since its two-part opening in 2020 (on the 16th March prior to the first confinement and then on the 11th May 2020 following the lockdown), this space has become highly coveted and so booking in advance of your visit will help avoid disappointment!
A final note…
I personally loved my experience at Le Shack and found it to be an innovative and interesting concept that I’ve not seen in Paris before. It’s easy to see how the space will be simultaneously utilised by both businesses for work and individuals for leisure purposes.
Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, travel, pizza, and history. A fan of all things France related, she runs solosophie.com when she’s not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming something sweet. She now splits her time between London and Paris! Follow Sophie on Instagram.