This well-loved bistro, covered in vintage posters and located right behind the Place des Vosges, is now part of the Costes brothers restaurant, cafe and hotel empire. It still, however, carries an independent vibe and remains one of the city’s friendliest and vibrant brasseries, serving superb Provençal cuisine. You may need to wait for a table but the line moves quickly and a pastis (aperitif) at the bar with bottomless pots of black olives passes the time nicely. Be sure to save room for dessert – the chocolate mousse that you scoop out yourself from a communal bowl, is on another level, so don’t be shy.
The former Jewish quarter of the Marais is a melting pot of cool corners. Whether you are seeking casual bistros to watch the passing fashionparade, 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.
Chez Janou | 2 Rue Roger Verlhomme, 75003 | +33 1 4272 2841