79 Rue des Martyrs, 18th
Tel: 01 43 14 00 30
Open from 8:30am (10am on Sunday) until 2am (4am on Friday and Saturday).
Review by Aileen O'Riordan
A good cheap place with atmosphere in the 18th near La Cigale. Comfortable, loud and filled with all manner of people, it's a wonderful spot to pass an afternoon after a trek around Montmartre, or to find a neighbourhood feel in what can sometimes be pretty commercial area. The tartines and frites are tasty, however, depending on how busy it gets, service could be slow. During the summer, the terrace serves as a perfect vantage point for spotting the characters venturing around Pigalle.
Aileen O'Riordan, Irish, 31, living in Paris in the Marais for the last four years working as a lawyer. Interests include travel, music, wining and dining and meeting interesting people.
Despite the general trend of prices on Rue des Martyrs increasing in line with its growing hipness, La Fourmi remains a very reasonable and welcoming spot for a few drinks. The trendy and international clientele are drawn in by its proximity to popular music venues such as La Cigale and Le Trianon, while the decor is an eclectic fusion - check out the chandelier made of empty wine bottles!