Paris Bistro’s

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

75010 Paris

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

75001 Paris

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.

Le Petit Fer A Cheval

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.

Le Chateaubriand

129 Avenue Parmentier

75011 Paris

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!

Le Dauphin

131 Avenue Parmentier

75011 Paris

01 55 28 78 88

All Photos via Pinterest

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..

Bon Appetit

“Everything ends this way in France – everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs -everything is a pretext for a good dinner”. Jean Anouilh

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12 Responses to Paris Bistro’s

  1. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for the heads-up on some great Parisian eating spots – shall file them for future reference! I well remember a very rainy afternoon and a memorable meeting at Le Petit fer a Cheval in July! C x

  2. Anya Adores says:

    Gorgeous and very cool post Carla – love the moods in these pictures.
    Happy weekend sweets,

  3. Janine says:

    I adore this collection Carla… Nothing beats a little local you just know will never let you down. Wishing you a cosy weekend. jxx

  4. Ginny says:

    Perfect timing for this, Carla. Very enticing photos and addresses. What more could a girl ask for on her cold and rainy November birthday :) Enjoying your talent once again!

  5. Brenda says:

    Thank you for the recommendations. I’m bookmarking them for our next trip.
    I just love the ambiance in the photos … how I wish I was there now!
    xoxo, B

  6. Anita Rivera says:

    BEAUTIFUL. BEAU. BELLISSIMO. You really know how to pick the right photos my dear! Anita

  7. Youa says:

    Carla, I love these glimpse of Paris on your blog! I am dreaming of a vacation to Paris sometime in the near future and am taking notes on all the places you’re recommending!

  8. So gorgeous these pics are and just reading the addresses brings back sweet memories of my time in Paris only a month ago. I wish I’d had your list then though as a tourist you don’t have the luxuray of time to say wow that was great lets go back or not so good give it a miss. We had a couple of average meals but wouldn’t have had a clue where to go for certain. We had some really beautiful food in the Marais, one place was under our appartment on rue Charlot called Nanashi ( I think) which was down to earth japanese inpired fusion I would call it. Simple tables with a rustic organic almost Surry Hills feel. People were lined up to eat there just about every night of the week until closing time! My Favorite was the duck with soba noodles- so moorish and the bread they served as an accompaniment to our meals was really gorgeous. We always felt relaxed, prices were reasonable and the kids were welcome. You should go there if you haven’t already. Head towards 57 rue Charlot its on a corner near there. xx Corrina.

  9. Oh Carla…these images are DIVINE….truly sublime. Your recommendations look wonderful…merci beaucoup…have already been to your “local”…such old world Parisian atmosphere (and across the road is La Belle Hortense….nice!) Have you tried Fontaine de Mars? THE (sorry for caps again, but c’est trés bon) quintessential French bistro! My favourite in Paris so far.

  10. Erica says:

    Great list Carla. I would add Pantruche and Le Mirior. But love these. Have yet to try le Dauphin but am sure it’s fabulous.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    So many wonderful suggestions! I have written them down for my trip.

    Lovely photos, the perfect images for a cold grey day.

    Have a beautiful Sunday, Elizabeth

  12. Catherine says:

    I love these photographs Carla…all going on my pinterest PARIS board;-)
    Ooh, so agree nothing much better than friend and a Parisian bistro…I can smell the atmosphere from here ;-)

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