The 10 best bistros in Paris

Dîner dans un bouillon, sortir dans un décor Art déco, s’attabler chez un routier ou mondaniser sur du formica… La canaille et l’esprit titi n’ont jamais aussi été en vogue : l’oeuf mayo, les asperges mimosa, le clafoutis et la mousse au chocolat tiennent le haut du pavé et les tables qui ont une âme s’avèrent les spots les plus prisés des Parisiens branchés. La preuve : tous les grand chefs s‘en mêlent ! Le coolness n’a décidemment pas d’âge...

Roger la Grenouille

Inside room and avocado tartare of Roger la Grenouille restaurant in Paris

The place: Roger la Grenouille? A mythical bistro where Picasso, Balthus,Saint-Exupéry, Mistinguett, and Queen Mum of England dropped by. Years later, François Pagot, associated with Laurent de Gourcuff, took over this cult address at Odéon and truly made it a socialite landmark. Matthieu Chedid, Guillaume Canet, Beigbeder, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac… The big names of the Left Bank have their habits here...

To be tested: fried snails and frogs on the menu since a century: totally wild … In a new-age version: their “Frog Burger” is a must of retro junk-food.

Roger la Grenouille, 28 Rue des Grands Augustins - 75006 Paris

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Bismark herring and inside room of the Brasserie Lipp restaurant in Paris Saint-Germain area

The place : You are at the heart of the mythical Saint-Germain-des- Prés brasserie, one of the trendiest addresses in Paris where all the hot shots of fashion, politics, continue to come and “be seen” in an unchanged decor since a century, where Guittard, master of ceremonies, brilliantly orchestrates this inimitable style.

To be tested : all the unchangeable dishes on the “classified” menu with its Bismark herring, pâté en croute, cold leg of lamb and salad. Special kudos to the choucroute and cassoulet on Thursdays! Without forgetting the Dalloyau millefeuille that always creates the house buzz.

Lipp, 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain - 75006 Paris

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Chez Georges

beef tip with a mustard sauce, french fries with the front facade of the bistrot chez George in Paris

The place : Careful, institution! At the heart of the historical center of foodes, bistros and late night suppers, Georges is considered as the resistant of trends and tackiness around Etienne Marcel. Its clientele (the teams of all the surrounding fashion houses mode) make all the local glamour quotas explode and attracts all the celebs passing through town.

To be tested : the salad with bacon bits and coddled eggs, the salmon with sorrel, the grilled andouillette, their famous beef tip with a mustard sauce and fries as well as the irresistible profiteroles au chocolat

Chez Georges, 1 Rue du Mail - 75002 Paris


Poultry with mushrooms sauce and inside room of the bistrot Astier

The place : An institution made in Oberkampf since 1956 where it’s fun to indulge with style. Taken over a few years ago by the clever gourmet wonder boy, Frédéric Hubig, a real gourmet dandy (Jeanne A, this die-hard bistro has kept its soul in a super slick decor.

To be tested : all the great classics: herring with apples and vinaigrette, sirloin tip with dauphine potato, clafoutis. And the cellar: what a cellar!

Astier, 44 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud - 75011 Paris

La Poule au Pot

Inside room and veal blanquette with vegetables from the bistrot La Poule au pot in Paris

The place : Drum rolls ! The cult rendezvous of Les Halles, where revellers came for great eats at every hour, has just been taken over by… Jean François Piège himself! Which means that this is where all the Parisian inside-trackers come to discover his interpretation of real bourgeoise cuisine. Yum!

To be tested : eggs mimosa, marrow bone, veal blanquette, kidney in the Dijon style, and an amazing cheese platter.

La Poule au Pot, 9 Rue Vauvilliers - 75001 Paris

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Sauteed squid with garlic, chorizo and inside room of the Lazare bistrot in Paris

The place : The most chic train station bistro you have ever known. Normal: it is signed Eric Fréchon, the star chef who dreamt up this new affordable formula. The original set up features a menu presented like a train panel, comfy leather banquettes and a three-star service.

To be tested : the best sausage and mashed potatoes in Paris, asparagus mimosa, mussels and fries, a croque-monsieur with truffle and his famous “Paris-Deauville” cake.

Le Lazare, Parvis de la Gare Saint-Lazare rue Intérieure - 75008 Paris


Aux Lyonnais

charcuterie avec pain et salle intérieure du bistrot les Lyonnais
©Pierre Monetta

The place : Zinc, machine with plunger, metro tiling: impossible to bypass this bistro, born in 1890, where Woody Allen filmed his famous “Midnight in Paris”. Because he has great flair, the great Alain Ducasse has taken over this cult address and make it the best bouchon lyonnais in Paris.

To be tested : pike quenelles sauce nantua, frogs legs, raviole de la Mère Maury, farm range chicken and top notch meats, praline tart…

Aux Lyonnais, 32 Rue Saint-Marc - 75002 Paris


 Jelly egg and front facade of the bistrot Buffet

The place : A real winner in the Bastille district, this “buffet” with buddy prices, gingham table cloths, formica and banquette that neither Jean Gabin nor script writer Audiard would have denied. A return to the future orchestrated by the brilliant owners of Au Passage, who placed their co ex sous chef Christopher Edwards in the kitchen to concoct great dishes. The ideal place to indulge in all the foodie whims of the local hipsters.

To be tested : in keeping with the daily specials: jellied egg, shepherd’s pie, blood sausage, mackerel-mayo, cake of French toast with apricot...

Buffet, 8 rue de la Main d'Or - 75011 Paris

Aux Bons Crus

Duck confit and front facade of the bistrot aux bons crus

The place : “Gourmet cuisine, with butter!” You knew Les Marches, the most snob trucker pit-stop of the capital? You will adore its kid brother, recently opened in the hip 11th arrondissement that offers the same equation of happiness: checked tablecloths, large banquettes, solid and affordable eats, attracting all the hipsters in the area.

To be tested : egg mayo, steak with a pepper sauce, veal head ravigote, floating island and strawberry cup. Happiness...

Aux Bons Crus, 54 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac - 75011 Paris

Bouillon Pigalle

French snails, egg with mayonnaise and bread and inside room of the bistrot Bouillon Pigalle

The place : The Moussie brothers have updated the concept of the Parisian bouillon in a vintage Belle Epoque decor. Result: the most trendy and least expensive bistro in the capital!

To be tested : All the dishes “of our ancestors” is its claim to fame! Leeks in a vinaigrette sauce, céleri rémoulade, cod brandade, veal head with its famous gribiche sauce, mousse au chocolat and cream puff with chantilly...

Bouillon Pigalle, 22 Boulevard de Clichy - 75018 Paris

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