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What would Paris be without its bistros? These fun, cosy, affordable restaurants have been at the heart of French dining culture for centuries. Steak-frites, pot-au-feu, soupe à l’oignon – just three of the delicious culinary classics we can thank them for popularising the world over.
Yet in recent decades the traditional bistro has come under threat, as our obsession with old-school dining has dwindled in favour of all things nouvelle cuisine. Only in the past few years have Parisians rediscovered a love for the bistro’s more homely style of cooking and eating, albeit often now with the optional extra of natural wines and impeccably sourced ingredients.
The bistros we’ve picked here are both new and old, and stand out from other French restaurants and brasseries thanks to their informal ethos and cuisine. So order a kir, bag a comfy spot on a banquette and settle in for the menu du jour.
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