Ground Control calling: the new Paris arts and food hub

Its terrace is already a cool foodies’ favourite but the former rail depot turned theatre and music venue aims to attract the local community, too

A tiny sign above an anonymous-looking doorway marks the entrance to Ground Control. So it comes as something of shock after climbing a steep flight of steps to emerge onto a vast terrace, filled with plants and herbs, old buses and train carriages converted into street-food stalls, friends relaxing in deckchairs over a bottle of wine, Brittany oysters, chargrilled Argentine beef and pizzas.

Our long-term success has to be founded on the local community, attracting visitors of all ages

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