If you are after the quintessentially Parisian brasserie experience with friendly service and exceptional French food classics, this is it. The steak tartare is exceptional. So too is the chèvre chaud salad, and you can’t go past the globe artichoke with vinaigrette starter. What’s more, Café Charlot is open from breakfast until late and has the vibe of that former New York institution Pastis.
The people-watching on Rue de Bretagne is similarly above par. This is where you will find local Le Marais creatives scribbling into journals as they sip an aperitif come 4pm. The outdoor seating (and heaters during the cooler months) also means it is an ideal place to park a pram.
The former Jewish quarter of the Marais is a melting pot of cool corners. Whether you are seeking casual bistros to watch the passing fashion parade, local art galleries, organic supermarkets or specialty artisan stores – also note that the Marais is the only designer shopping district open on a Sunday – this arrondissement’s cobblestone streets posses style in spades.
Café Charlot | 38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 | +33 1 44 54 03 30