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My favorite bistros in Paris

Here, I’ve listed 11 bistros I like very much in Paris. I tended to make the info brief rather than detailed, for those people who need a quick review. I’ve also uploaded a lot of photos to my Flickr albums which might be helpful as a reference.

Price range –
Lunch set – 30€ to 40€
Dinner – 30€ to 60€

Paris 75001

Les Fines Gueules

Les Fines Gueules

Check my report about Les Fines Gueules.

Hours:  Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.  Bar hour till late night.
Address:  43 Rue Croix des Petits Champs, Paris 75001 (Map)
Metro:  Palais Royal, Bourse, Sentier, or Pyramide
Tel :  +33 1 42 61 35 41
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Just started in this year, Yam’Tcha has been a big hit in Paris. Every gourmand friend of mine is talking about it. I went it once this summer and found it intriguing. The female chef Adeline Grattard has an impressive resume: worked with Yannick Alléeno at the Hotel and Pascal Barbot at L’Astrance-l’Astrance in Paris and then spent 2 years working in Hong Kong, including at the restaurant BO. IMO, her cuisine is full of Asian touch, the presentation is very French however. Please make a reservation as early as possible.

Open Hours:   Wednesdays to Sundays
Add: 4 rue Sauval, Paris 75001  (Map)
Metro:  Louvre Rivoli
Tel: +33 1 40 26 08 07
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Paris 75004




Founded in 1912, Benoit has kept its well-known traditional cuisine well till now. It’s a bistro very comfortable and very Parisian. Benoit has been acquired by Alain Ducasse Group in 2005 from the ex-proprietor Petit family. It’s a Michelin one star restaurant, but the price is pretty fair – lunch set costs 38€ and a la carte at dinner costs around 60€. Delicious food and cheerful ambiance.

Open Hours: Mondays to Sundays. Annual closed: July 26th to August 25th and Feburary 25th to March 2nd.
Add: 20, Rue St-Martin, Paris 75004  (Map)
Metro:  Chatelet or Hotel de Ville
Tel: +33 1 42 72 25 76
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Paris 75005




The owner Nadège Varigny had worked with Yves Camdeborde for around 10 years before. It’s a place for those who love offals (les abats): Instines, tripe, cheeks, tongues, kidneys, and the rest. The wine list is a very brief but well selected one. The food is hearty and yummy.

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays. Annual closed: From Aug 9 to Aug 31 and December 27th to January 4th.
Add: 10 Rue St-Julien le Pauvre, Paris 75005  (Map)
Metro: Saint-Michel, Cluny La Sorbonne, or Maubert Mutualite
Tel: +33 1 46 33 98 80
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The chef Sylvain Sendrais is from the famous bistro le Temps en Temps. The interior deco is very modern and bright. The service is inviting and friendly. The food here is delicious and contemporary. Of course, make sure that you book a table in advance.

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays. Annual closed: From Aug 4 to Aug. 25 and December 20th to 29th.
Add: 5, Rue de Pontoise, Paris 75005  (Map)
Metro: Maubert Mutualite
Tel: +33 1 46 33 60 11
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Papilles is definitely for those who love both drinking and eating. Very good wine selection. The price of the wine you drink here is the same as take-out. The food served here is in a bit rustic style but doesn’t dismiss its genuine deliciousness.

Open Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays. Annual closed: August 1st to August 21st and January 1st and 8th.
Add: 30, Rue Gay Lussac, Paris 75005  (Map)
Metro:  Luxembourg
Tel: +33 1 43 25 20 79

Paris 75006

Le Timbre

Le Tembre

Le Timbre

The Chef Chris Wright is from the UK. He runs this very small bistro Le Timbre with a very compact team. Last time when I had lunch there, he was alone at kitchen with a waitress taking care of the guests. Service is friendly. The millefeuille du timbre is very very good, please don’t miss it. It’s a bistro that you would like to visit from time to time if it was in your neighborhood.

Open Hours: Tuesday to Saturday. Annual closed – May 1st to May 7th, July 27th to August 23rd, and X’mas holiday.
Add: 3 Rue Sainte-Beuve, Paris 75006  (Map)
Metro:  Notre-Dame des Champs or Vavin
Tel: +33 1 45 49 10 40
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Le J’Go

J Go

J Go

J’Go serves southwest cuisine. The outdoor ambiance is very nice and lively. The service, honestly, is sometimes a bit disappointing (so please don’t expect too much). The food is very delicious though. Make sure you get the grilled duck heart, yum yum.

Open Hours:  Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
Add: Marché St Germain, Rue Clément 75006 Paris  (Map)
Metro:  Mabillon or Odeon
Tel: +33 1 43 26 19 02
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Paris 75007

Chez l’Ami Jean

Chez lAmi Jean

Chez l'Ami Jean

The chef of Chez l’Ami Jean, Stephane Jégo is from La Régalade. Its Southwestern France style cuisine (from la Basque) is very hearty and delicious. Chez l’Ami Jean is renowned for its game specialty. The decoration is warm, rustic, and very Basque.

Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday. Closed on Saturday, and Sunday. Closed from July 25th. to August 20th
Add: 27, Rue Malar, Paris 75007  (Map)
Metro:  La Tour Maubourg
Tel: +33 1 47 05 86 89
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Paris  75009


Springs Chef Daniel Rose

Spring's Chef Daniel Rose

The very talented chef Daniel Rose is from the US. Daniel Rose learned his cooking at L’Institut Paul Bocuse and then he went to work at Hotel Le Meurice. Spring has been a very popular bistro in Paris. It’s quite difficult to get a table there, because there’re only 16 seats at this place. It’s necessary to make a reservation in advance.

P.S. Spring will move to 75001 area in October. Please check the correct address when making a reservation.
Open hours: Tuesday and Wednesday (dinner only), Thursday and Friday.
Add: 28 rue Tour d’Auvergne, Paris 75009  (Map)
Metro:  Cadet
Tel: +33 1 45 96 05 72
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Paris 75014

La Régalade

La Regalade

La Regalade

This bistro isn’t located in the center of Paris, but it’s definitely worth a trip to go there. The chef is Bruno Doucet who bought La Régalade from the ex-chef/owner Yves Camdeborde who is the owner of Le Comptoir du Relais. La Régalade serves very hearty food and the ambiance is animating. Don’t miss its signature all-you-can-eat pork terrine and cornichons. My favorite dessert at La Régalade is “Souffle chaud au Grand Marnier”. You’ll regret if you didn’t try it.

Open hours: Monday (dinner only), Tuesday to Friday. Closed on Saturday, and Sunday. Closed from July 25th. to August 20th
Add: 49 Avenue J. Moulin, Paris 75014  (Map)
Metro: Porte d’Orléans
Tel: +33 1 45 45 68 58
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