5 good brasseries Paris

Le Chardenoux

1 rue Jules Vallès

Marais & Bastille

+33 (0)1 43 71 49 52

www.restaurantlechardenoux.com

First opened in Paris in 1908 this is one of the last true Parisian bistros in existence and a real historical monument. Large mirrors hang on the walls and the original marble mosaic bar and floor tiles are still in place. As a result Le Chardenoux has managed to retain its old world elegance and pleasant atmosphere. A few years ago the French chef Cyril Lignac took over at the helm of the kitchen, giving pride place to French cuisine and regional products, revisiting traditional dishes and reinterpreting them with a modern twist. A delightful experience.

Le bistrot Vivienne

4 rue des Petits

Champs

Louvre & Les Halles

+33 (0)1 49 27 00 50

Location, location, location... This brasserie, which is located at the entrance of Galerie Vivienne, a covered passage which was built in 1823, has taken advantage of this to set up a few tables in this stunning covered arcade. But the dining room inside is also a nice place to enjoy a good meal, because this Paris bistro is known for its delicious traditional bistro cuisine.

Bistrot Paul Bert

18 rue Paul Bert

Marais @ Bastille

Step into this bistro and it's like stepping into a postcard, without all the clichés however. The clientele consists of a nice blend of tourists and locals, largely because this place serves exactly what they expect: reassuringly good food, which has been cooked as they should be, like a nice steak béarnaise with hand-cut French fries or an old-style créme caramel, combined with an upbeat atmosphere and impeccable service.

Le Richer

2 rue Richer

Montmartre

This place is the incarnation of the new Parisian 'bistronomy'. Against a backdrop of exposed brick walls, the emphasis is on what's on your plate which is served to you by an attentive waiter. The menu is minimal at best but it gives pride of place to seasonal products, which have been prepared with a creative twist and a light-handed approach. We recommend arriving early for lunch and dinner because they do not accept reservations and Le Richer is such a hit that it is often difficult to find a table here during peak times.

Le Baratin

3 rue Jouye-Rouve

Belleville & surroundings

+33 (0) 1 43 49 39 70

This bistro is tucked away in a discreet street in the working-class Belleville neighbourhood and comes highly recommended. Because the interior decoration is random at best and the welcome is not always as warm as you might expect people often wonder what all the fuss is about. But wait until you'be tasted their food! Chef Raquel Carena puts her heart and all her expertise in the dishes she serves. She handpicks her products, specialising in divine combinations and a nice presentation.

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