Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
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Yes, here’s another address in the Marais, you might think we’re biased, but what can you do? This neighbourhood marks the epicentre of Paris right now, although this also comes with the flipside of a raging gentrification that wipes out the businesses that gave the quartier its charm.
Gone is the horse butcher, he went down only recently, gone are the Triperie and the crazy fish vendour on Bretagne, the Arabs who sold overpriced vegetables in a corner shop – and the boulangerie, of course, that had the best yeast bread by far, it was tucked on the corner of Rue de Bretagne and Rue Charlot and has turned into „Café Charlot“ a few years ago.
It could have been worse. It could have become yet another fashion outlet or hippy-happy-child-outfitter, so a nice café is to be preferred. And „Café Charlot“ is a very nice café. They’ve kept some of the boulangerie interior, they’ve added some tasteful furniture and a short bar, they’ve found a decent formula of food & drinks and a good quality/price ratio. It’s even cozy, although so very young, and when the sun is out on Saturdays and Sundays the sidewalks around it turn into the Parisian center stage of that play of to-see-and-be-seen.
Food is correct, you’ll find bistro classics like veal chops and tartare de boeuf, Croques and even a Bagel au saumon fumé. There are quite a few wines by the glass, they even mix cocktails here (which is, for a café in Paris, highly unusual), and you can stumble in to just enjoy a „boule“ of Berthillon ice cream.
But for whatever reason you stumble in, you won’t regret it. As said, “Café Charlot” really is nice and so are the staff. They even speak English and they treat you like humans. That is true for kids as well, so there’s really a lot of reasons to swing by once you’re around the corner.Café Charlot