When I think of Paris I think of the beautiful cafes and bistros that line the street with their brightly coloured chairs, beautiful tables and buckets of French ambience.
Their is nothing better than bunking down on a cold wintery day at a Parisian bistro with good friends and food in an unbeatable atmosphere. It feels like the occasion that French food was invented for!
As it is one of those cold winter days and I am off to lunch with friends I thought I would share a couple of my favourites addresses:
3 Rue Richer
L’Office is a super sympa local bistro in the 9th arrondissement, fabulous staff and great food. A cool new ambience out of the main tourist areas.
52 Rue de Richelieu
01 42 97 54 40
I recently dined here with French Essence and A Gift Wrapped Life and us girls were ohhhing and ahhing. A real taste sensation, wonderful tasting menu which we loved because we didn’t have to decide. Just behind the Palais Royale and delicious wines by the glass.
30 Rue Vieille du Temple
01 42 72 47 47
This is my local and I love eating a simple bistro lunch here with my girlfriends. The boys are great, some of the friendliest staff in Paris and the ambience is incredible. Old world Paris at it’s best.
129 Avenue Parmentier
Chateaubriand is a bistro that has received loads of accolades for their divine food but it is out of ‘the Michelin star dining arrondisements’ of the 1st, 8th and 16th. This is in a local neighbourhood on a busy street not far from the Canal St Martin. You will need to book well in advance but it is worth it!
131 Avenue Parmentier
01 55 28 78 88
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The boys at Chauteaubriand opened the marble encased Le Dauphin just down the road to rave reviews. My architect friends love it and when we feel like spoiling ourselves with dive into gourmandise heaven here. Please note that there is no typical French bistro atmoshere here.. More Sydney than Paris..
“Everything ends this way in France – everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs -everything is a pretext for a good dinner”. Jean Anouilh