Zelda is one of those neighborhood haunts that always feels like you just stumbled upon it. On a street just north of the Canal St. Martin that seems continually deserted, Zelda (inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, an art deco poster of whom graces the main space) occupies a cozy space and offers a selection of both traditional and creative cocktails. (They also sometimes have Yamazaki, my favorite Japanese whiskey, so naturally they're on my list of loves). My friend had this gin fizz-meets-jalepeño creation for 8€, while my wine was 3€:
Delish! Run by two exceedingly friendly and exceedingly cute bartenders, Zelda always has great music, fine cocktails and the kind of intimate, homey atmosphere so difficult to attain and so essential in a good bar. If I lived anywhere near here I would be a regular. They would be pouring my Yamazaki the moment they saw me walk in.
Métro: M11 to Goncourt or M3, M5, M8, M9 and M11 to République