A bit of history ...
The road running alongside the Canal Saint-Martin was named "Quai Louis XVIII" when it was inaugurated in 1824, and was renamed "Quai de Valmy" in 1830.
L'Atmosphère restaurant is located on Quai de Valmy.
A typically Parisian place with a rich history, inaugurated in December 1825, the Canal Saint-Martin had been a project since the 16th century. However, it was only under Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 that we started to dig the canal in order to supply Paris with drinking water. Construction of the canal began in 1818 and was completed in 1822. All the bridges were built between 1860 and 1890, as showed in the plans taken from Belgrand's atlases end of the 19th century.
A unique light, a architecture typical of the Paname of yesteryear, it's no wonder it has regularly been the decor of many films such as ...
L'Atalante Jean Vigo's last film in 1934 with the great Michel Simon sailing on the canal.
Hôtel du Nord by Marcel Carné in 1938, starring Louis Jouvet and Arletty.
It was in this cult film that Arletty, with her typical Parisian glibness, would declaim her famous "Atmosphère! Atmosphère! Est-ce que j'ai une gueule d'atmosphère?" a famous line from popular culture that gave its name to the restaurant l'Atmosphère, formerly Le Valmy.
L'Ibis Rouge by Jean-Pierre Mocky in 1975 last film by Michel Simon who had agreed to shoot in memory of L'Atalante. He is seen very close to L'Atmosphère.
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain by Jean-Pierre Jeunet in 2001 where Amélie Poulain will be ricocheting down the Canal from the Arletty footbridge.
And after Amélie… Emily! – Emily in Paris – Season 3, Episode 4 The opening scene shows Emily filming Instagram reels at L'Atmosphere restaurant. Emily enjoys a giant bowl of chocolate mousse.
Today, L'Atmosphère is still steeped in this history nd continues to delight the neighbourhood with traditional home-cooked dishes making a point of using fresh, seasonal produce.