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Jan 24, 2013 02:50 PM

BIstro on Latin Qtr

Staying in Latin Qtr in April for a few days - can anyone recommend a nice bistro or other food place to visit in the area? Nothing too upscale.

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  1. Tell us what sort of bistros on this site appeal to you; distances in Paris are no barrier.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Want to stay in Latin Qtr (walking from Hotel), as for other areas, will be near E. Tower, major site locations, Lourve, Arc, Notre Dame

      As for type of bistro no idea as I dont know much about them - would like to sit out, people watch, eat some food, noting too pricey - to get a nice dinner or late lunch - open to local cuisine.

      1. re: belferdad

        Hummm, April can still be pretty chancy here about weather; but OK I'll give it a shot even though I have not a clue where your hotel is and I'm not restricting myself to outside/people watching, etc places and I want to annoy the traditionalistes who wish we were back in 1968:
        NOT Allard, Bouquinistes, Procope, Darroze, Lipp, Polidor, Roger La Grenouille
        Maybe Cameleon, Petite Cour, Le Timbre, Monsieur Le Prince
        Definately L'Epigramme, Ferrandaise, Fish, Josephine, Mediterranee (great outside).
        There you folks, tear away at my old tired body.

        1. re: belferdad

          No fireworks or state of the art food, but basic bistro serving classic food in a glassed-in terrace: Les Fontaines

          Right in the middle of things, view of Pantheon, Eiffel if you stretch your neck.

          9,rue Soufflot
          01 43 26 42 80

          1. re: mangeur

            I know Les Fontaines gets dissed a lot on here, but I've always enjoyed good food there, and last year was n o exception. (Been going there since 97!) And whatever you do, DON'T miss the Pantheon and St. Genevieves right alongside it.

          2. re: belferdad

            Ok, since I'm feeling playful after the PSG win last night, I'll take the people-watching/ terrace bone and run with it. In the Latin Quarter, Au Petit Suisse on the rue Vaugirard/ rue Médicis across from the Luxembourg gardens; Le Rostand on the rue Médicis/ place Rostand/ boulevard St Michel; Café de la Nouvelle Mairie on the rue Fossés Saint-Jacques next to the Panthéon; the very studenty le Petit Café on the rue Descartes/ rue Montagne Sainte-Geneviève; La Bourgogne on the rue Mouffetard next to St Médard church.

            In the Louvre area, Le Nemours (but drinks and photo ops only, ok?) on the place Colette/ rue St-Honoré next to the Comédie Française; Café de l'Epoque on the rue Bouloi/ rue Croix des Petits Champs; and, for a good-value lunch (but very small terrace), Bistrot Victoires on the rue Vrillière.

            1. re: Parnassien

              Your wonderful posts, P, always remind me that bad ideas serve a purpose: they force others to come up with better ones! Thanks for this super compendium of watching spots.

              1. re: mangeur

                Appreciation from one of my most admired posters, ça me fait rougir... merci :)