The perfect place for a bustling Auvergne-inspired antithesis to ‘the light lunch’.
You need to shout to be heard in this charming inner city, blue collar bistro. At the height of lunch, tradesmen line the comptoir armed with hearty charcuterie stuffed into demi-baguettes and carafes of Saint-Pourçain.
Tables are stuffed into banquettes so tight that you are forced to have lunch with your neighbours, and there is never enough room on the table for the generous servings.
The service is hectic but kind, complemented with food that is rustic but not heavy. Pot au feu, saucisses d’Auvergne, onion soup in the winter. Classic steak frites always on the menu.
Lunch is not necessarily a bargain – budget €60 for two people – but it will be oh-so-satisfying. And if price is on your mind, you can always stop by just for a takeaway baguette.
Impress fellow hipsters: frequently touted as the best sandwich in Paris, The Petit Vendome source their baguettes from lauded Boulangerie Julien.
Le Petit Vendôme, 8 Rue des Capucines 75002
T. +33 (0) 1 42 61 05 88
W. no website
Metro: Opera or Madeleine
Tuesday – Friday, 8.30am – 2.00am
Saturday & Monday, 10.30am – 4.30pm