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What are the best bistros in Paris?

The best bistrot restaurant in Paris

Dine in broth , go out in an Art Deco setting , sit down at a trucker 's or socialize on Formica... The rabble and the titi spirit have never been so fashionable: egg mayo, asparagus mimosa, clafoutis and chocolate mousse hold the upper hand and the tables with a soul turn out to be the most popular spots for trendy Parisians. The proof: all the great chefs get involved! Coolness definitely has no age...

chez fred

chez fred bistrot in Paris

The place: a former Lyonnais stopper installed since 1945, just after the war, facing the so pretty Pereire promenade, Chez Fred has just had a slight facelift with a new boss, Laurent Hullo (ex-Monsieur Bleu, Kinugawa), a new chef, Benjamin Lavenne (ex-Procope, Le Georges) and a clean sweep on the walls. We still keep the titi atmosphere with old Maigret-compatible posters, old New Year's menus from 1895, and still this almost mythical wooden bar and the obligatory red benches. Close on Sunday !

To be tested: the divine Burgundy snails (€12 for 6) and the chef's terrine (€10), the very mild Charolais tartare (€21) or the fillet of beef with pepper or Béarnaise sauce (€38) and their salad bowl of perfectly crunchy fries, or veal liver, parsley, mashed potatoes (€26), to wash down with a glass of Côtes du Rhône (€8). For dessert, we absolutely share the thin apple tart and its crunchy vanilla ice cream that takes up the entire plate (€12) or the floating island with pink pralines (€12).

Chez Fred 190 bis boulevard Pereire, Paris 17th

Café Lignac

The café Lignac Bistrot in Paris by Cyril Lignac

The place: no, 139 rue Saint-Dominique is not a new bistro. Cyril Lignac has just taken over the Christian Constant café , a “ real ” Parisian address for regulars, worthy of Claude Sautet and Emily In Paris . Café Lignac is already an institution, a place that transcends fashions with the possibility of disembarking at any time of the day to drink a coffee, have a quick lunch, chill around a little tea and 'a divine tarte tatin (€10) by making everyone over again all afternoon, order a croque and a Negroni or even a glass to toast with an aperitif.

To be tested: in the directory of entries, it canaille! Mimosa egg (€10), artichoke vinaigrette (€14), onion soup (€11), snails (€12) or squid with chorizo cream (€18). If we find the cult and too good cassoulet (signed Constant), Lignac has made its mark: vol-au-vent (€38), apple pudding and mashed potatoes (€20), stuffed cabbage (€29), fillet of beef with Darphin potatoes (€36) or salmon steak with sorrel (€25). Madeleines de Proust du titi Parisien, the desserts obviously come from the Lignac pastry shop where Benoît Couverture works wonders between the rum baba and the praline and pecan nut mille-feuille (€10). Without forgetting an eye-catching chocolate soufflé .

Café Lignac , 139 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 7th

LES ROUTIERS STYLÉS DES DUMANT

the bistrots Les Marchés, Aux bons crus et Aux Crus de Bourgogne de Margot et Félix Dumant in Paris

The places: with Les Marchés (16th), Aux Bons Crus (11th) and Aux Crus de Bourgogne (2nd), Margot and Félix Dumant have succeeded in establishing in Paris the surprising but pleasant concept of the bourgeoistraveller ”. With their usual talent, the twins bet on 1900 decor with large mirrors and sometimes white, sometimes checkered tablecloths and pleasant terraces, while bringing in a stylish clientele in search of scoundrels.

To be tested: the whole menu, very bourgeois and absolutely extra! In Les Marches: eggs mayo (€6), entrecôte béarnaise (€22) and quenelles (€20). The Aux Bons Crus crust pâté is a hit (€8.50), as is the summer truffle croque-monsieur (€18), when regulars at the Crus de Bourgogne are crazy about its pepper steak (€29) and chocolate mousse and madeleine (€10). We wash it all down with a bottle of Burgundy , for the occasion.

Markets 5 rue de la Manutention, Paris 16th, Aux Bons Crus 54 rue Godefroy Cavaignac, Paris 11th, Aux Crus de Bourgogne 3 rue Bachaumont, Paris 2nd.

L’ENTRECÔTE

The Entrecote relay bistro in Paris

The place: from Neuilly to Saint-Germain, all the beautiful Parisian people are still looking for the secret ingredient of the divine Entrecôte sauce , a historical monument of addictive meat without fuss where Americans passing through, CEO of the CAC and the actors jostle at the gate. Suffice to say that after a year of deprivation, taking a tour of this meaty historic monument in Marbeuf or Saint-Germain-des-Prés and rediscovering its atmosphere should be prescribed by prescription...

To be tested: as usual, a unique menu with a salad of walnuts as a starter then tender sirloin + a divine magical slightly green sauce + crunchy fries to perfection and to wash down with organic wines from Château de Saurs, all served in two batches by little ladies in aprons. Authentic is chic! ( Formula at €26.50).

The Relais de l'Entrecôte 20 rue Saint-Benoît, Paris 6th

© Instagram / Le Relais de l'Entrecôte

CHEZ GEORGES

bistros chez george in Paris

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The place: attention institution! In the heart of the historic district of the scoundrel, bistros and suppers, Georges acts as a resister to the trendy and old-fashioned ways of Etienne Marcel. Its clientele (teams from all the fashion houses on the block) blows up all the glamorous quotas in the area and attracts visiting celebrities like flies. Note: Chez Georges has extended its terrace onto the divine Place des Petits Pères, with its unmistakable checkered tablecloths that still make it the cutest and most picturesque table in Paris.

To be tested: the snout salad, the salmon with sorrel , the grilled andouillette, the famous beef steak with mustard sauce and fries, and the chocolate profiteroles .

Chez Georges 1 rue du Mail, Paris 2nd

À L’ÉPI D’OR

The Epi d'or Bistrot in Paris

The place: All of Paris throngs behind the retro storefront of this mythical address on rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau , not far from Louboutin . There is excitement in the air and beautiful people to inaugurate their 5th address. Elodie and Jean-François Piège have hit hard again. After their trendy rehabilitation of La Poule au Pot , a century-old brasserie in Les Halles, At the Epi d'Or is unanimous. An atmospheric address in its own juice and madly girl power with Mariola in the kitchen, Margot to manage the room and the regulars, starting with the gang of friends Aurélie Saada ( Brigitte ), Caroline de Maigret or Cécile Cassel aka Hollysiz . ..

To be tested: we like to let ourselves be guided by the weekly planner at very low prices: starter-main course or main course-dessert at €29. The total at 39 €. Otherwise, we bet on the liver mousse to spread on Poilâne bread toasted until you're hungry (€10), a green salad with a memorable vinaigrette (€10), an unforgettable croque-madame (€16) or a steak tartare served with homemade fries to dip in mayo (€20) to wash down with a glass of Coteaux d'Aix (€8). The coup de grace: the crazy desserts like the orange blossom ice cream on an exquisite cake or the rice pudding (€10). An advice ? Book quickly.

At the Epi d'Or 25 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris 1st

LES DEUX GARES

Les deux gare bistrot in Paris

The place: located in the 10th arrondissement, this real station bistro is a delicious foretaste of the imminent opening of Les Deux Gares , the highly anticipated hotel of Adrien Gloaguen, the hotel entrepreneur of Touriste ( Welcome , Beaurepaire , Panache , it's him). In addition to the chef's table service, the place is experienced as a station and neighborhood address, from 7 a.m. for a comforting coffee-croissant then non-stop all day with a good sandwich, until the evening thirsts around a balloon and a plate of dry sausage until midnight.

To be tested: the sensational Jonathan Schweizer , who had already turned heads at Sauvage in the 6th arrondissement with his brilliant sense of the auteur bistro, wields the same talent here and deploys a simple but certainly sexy baby menu , all washed down with references the most name-dropped natural wines . On the slate, the starter, main course, dessert menu changes every day (€24): roasted zucchini, sausage with a knife, skate wing, goose rillette, pigeon carrots or pastry cabbage with a sweet note.

The Two Stations 1 rue des Deux-Gares, Paris 10th

© Instagram / Café Les Deux gares

LE MAQUIS

Le bistrot the Maquis in Paris

The place: voted the best bistro in Paris by the Priceless Cities Best New Bistro x Mastercard, this charming harbor in the 18th arrondissement smells of an atmospheric rendezvous between tasteful gourmets, international fashionistas and pretty local girls... And for good reason: we drink shots in front of the Formica counter before sitting down on the skai benches , with a well-tanned playlist that comes straight from… the stoves! Because here, the gangstas like to cook with good music. It suits us well.

To be tested: plates full of technique but without fuss. It's rare to confine yourself to such perfection… The menu changes every day, you might come across the veal brain fritot with tartar sauce, to be chow down on a plain champagne (€7) as an aperitif before a sea bream tartare royal shiso and lemon caviar (€14) and an insane black pudding pâté (€8). Only problem: now, you will have to book well in advance. But believe our experience, you will come back to it…

The Maquis 53 rue des Cloys, Paris 18th

LA RÔTISSERIE D’ARGENT

The rôtisserie d'Argent in Paris

The place: at the little brother of the Tour d'Argent , they serve the exceptional products of the mythical starred restaurant which inspired Ratatouille in an “ accessible ” version. Installed at the foot of the parent company, this vintage bistro with checkered tablecloths, old-fashioned waiters and leeks with vinaigrette has it all. Not to mention the only Parisian terrace to squat over a bridge, installed as an extension of the room above the Seine. Unbelievable.

To be tested: the house specialty is meat cooked on a spit! Yum… Starting with the crispy veal tongue with tartar sauce (€14), sautéed Challandese duck legs hunter, tarragon and mushroom (€23), veal kidneys (€25), organic snails in garlic butter (€13) and the crispy fries as an accompaniment.

La Rotisserie d'Argent 19 quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5th

LE PETIT BOUILLON PHARAMOND

The petit Bouillon bistrot in Paris

The place: a tripe institution in Les Halles , Le Petit Bouillon Pharamond is reinventing itself with Benjamin Moréel and Christopher Préchez at the helm (Café de Mars, Lefty, Little Georgette, John Weng, Le POD). Nestled in a tall half- timbered building on three floors stretches the most charming of the Belle Époque : large mirrors, red velvet benches, wooden stairs, painted mirrors, mosaics, gilding and glass paste. Not to mention the cheerful terrace on a lively square in the Ventre de Paris.

To be tested: there are of course the iconic dishes of the broth cuisine , all homemade on the spot with French meat, organic eggs and charcuterie sourced from Olivier Brosset : mimosa egg (€1.90), snails (6, €90), homemade foie gras (€8.50), truffle shell casserole (€7.50), roasted fillets of sea bream and pumpkin (€12.50), camembert (€2.90), tarte tatin (€4.50), to wash down with a glass of Côtes du Rhône (€4). It is therefore difficult to get more than €25 per person while eating really, really well.

Le Petit Bouillon Pharamond 28 rue Pierre Lescot, Paris 1st st

LE CAFÉ DU COIN

The café du coin bistrot

The place: you can meet all the foodies in Paris there, starting with Julie Gerbet and the Fooding clan . Super good, super cute, the Café du Coin of the super-taulier Florent Ciccoli (Cheval d'Or, Le Bien Venu) mixes styles with panache with a lot of Belle Époque and seventies references, with all the same the benches and the counter rigorously.

To be tested: rack of pork from the Clavisy farm in a fig leaf dress; zucchini flower pizzette; lean, snap beans, peas, new garlic stock, shiso; white asparagus, peas, mint, kale flower; veal tartare, peas, ricotta with anchovies… Seasonal plates in the style of tapas d'auteur (menu €18-20) come together to celebrate the great selection of natural wines .

Café du Coin 9 rue Camille Desmoulins, Paris 11th

© Pierre Lucet Penato

And also...

Brasserie Lipp : more for its atmosphere than for the quality of its dishes but to try once in your life for a cassoulet or sauerkraut.

151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6e

The Brasserie Lipp bistrot

© Instagram / Brasserie Lipp

Brasserie Bellanger : new darlings of the Parisian foodie scene Charly & Victor are doing the job and are returning with a new address planned for mid-July which will be called Brasserie Dubillot.

The Brasserie Bellanger bistrot

140 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris 10th

Bouillon Pigalle : between the parent restaurant with balcony-terrace and its Bouillon Service to take away from the République side or on delivery, Pierre Moussié has it all with his good little dishes at great prices.

22 boulevard de Clichy, Paris 18th

Café Constant : ex-jury of Top Chef, Christian Constant continues to manage his neighborhood bar which deals plates according to the arrival of the market.

139 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 7th

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