May 11, 2018
If you should go down to 10 Rue Marché St-Honoré today, you’re sure of a big surprise, for it’ll seem all Paris has gathered there to kick back in style. Some say it’s the best wine bar in Paris and this is no idle boast. It specialises in wine hailing from Beaujolais and the Loire. So, if you like a spot of “the warm South” you’ve come to the right place. With its fetching 1950’s looks, complete with formica tables, neon light and inevitable “le bar zinc”, it’s the perfect spot to refuel after a night at the nearby Opera Garnier. It’s all frightfully convivial and the owner is a sterling chap. Nor are the waiters quite as supercilious as normal, which is something of a talking-point in itself in Paris. The tiny kitchen serves up some mighty fine bistro-style fare. Andouillette, herring with egg and mayonnaise, beouf bourguignon and the like. And as for the crowd, expect to see suited and booted business men and a good smattering of locals with whom you could easily strike up a conversation about Being and Nothingness.