Brunch Bazar at the Comptoir Général

by phyllisflick on March 7, 2010

I just got back from Brunch Bazar, the new monthly happening at the Comptoir Général in the 10th.  It was quite the bobo* scene and packed with very cool looking Parisians and their kids.

A DJ was spinning the Godfather of Soul as Cococook, based in the Marais, served take-away style organic salads, sandwiches, muffins, smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, coffee and the like, including a pretty kick-ass carrot cake.   Large round communal tables added to the convivial atmosphere.

There was something for everyone.  Knitting circles thanks to Wool and the Gang, the Paris based company offering ready-made knitting kits with everything needed to craft your very own scarves, hats and sweaters.

The fashionistas from Bon Debarrass (Good Ridance in English) brought together several stands of vintage and used goods, from funky American t-shirts (by LA-based The Cobra Snake) and converse sneakers (or baskets as they say in French) to second-hand Cholé bags and Prada shoes.

PetitHOOD, took care of the little ones with Playdough and craft ateliers while I Could Never Be a Dancer gave free country danse lessons.

The fun continues the first day of each month at Le Comptoir Géneral.

Brunch Bazar
80, quai de Jemmapes
Paris, 10th
Métro : République

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*bobo:  short for bourgeois-bohème or bourgeois bohemians, a term very much heard in Paris, first coined by David Brooks to describe the new affluent urban class.

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Astrid November 14, 2010 at 18:41

Sorry to say that in spite of the “bobo” atmosphere and maybe the nice meals (there are still some people who don’t come to eat fortunately !), I was very disappointed today.

Some medieval musicians and singers with a backpipe were not allowed to perform because they had not booked on internet !!!! It’s something absolutely incredible in such countries like Australia, USA even London !!!

Finally, they sung but after 15minutes the organizer came to stop them.

This behaviour is typically french ! And I won’t be back to the Comptoir General.



Phyllis Flick November 14, 2010 at 22:25

I’m sorry you didn’t have a great experience Astrid. I don’t think it was the “brunch bazar” however, because according to their Facebook page they were supposed to start holding their events elsewhere. I had heard that the Comptoir General has brunch so this must have been it.


m a April 29, 2011 at 22:47

The worst place I have ever been to in my life for service, WE went to the bar to order drinks as you do in any bar in the world and after 15 minutes waiting this prick working the till said that we had to queue up at the left hand side of the bar to be served and even though we had been there all this time and he saw us there and that other bar persons tried to serve us and he told them no and that there was no sign saying to queue up at the left hand side of the bar and that you dont queue up at the side of any bar in the world this prick ignored us and refused to serve us, please wait for some very interesting reviews coming out in some well known Anglo speaking magazines as 3 of the party are critics in Paris


phyllisflick May 1, 2011 at 09:23

Hey m a,

I have’t been back to the Comptoir General for drinks so I can’t comment , but given that bartenders don’t work for tips here, I’m not surprised the service isn’t very good. I have seen some really terrible service from bar tenders in Paris. Luckily it seems like this is changing at a few bars where they are taking their drinks seriously but not in most places. I think the Comptoir General was written up twice in Figaroscope this month and given there is not much else on the Canal, I think even a bad article in the Anglo press won’t put much of a dent in their business. But it is good to call them out on bad service when it happens. People expect lousy service here and put up with it.


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