Brasseries in Paris

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Esprit de France recommends you try one of the many neo-brasseries popping up in the capital

 

Brasseries' history in Paris​

Beer consumption in France rose in the 19th century and was finally liberated from its confinements of the Nord and Alsace regions. The brasseries, who made and distributed this beverage, soon began spreading to many towns, including Paris. They attracted a varied clientele of artists, students, laborers and even the upper class, in search of new experiences, albeit in a smoke-filled setting. The brasseries gradually evolved, eventually giving up the manufacturing side altogether to focus solely on serving beer and food. Today, a brasserie is synonymous to a typically up-market, Parisian bistro (pub) where traditional French fare is usually the order of the day. Menus include staples such as Blanquette (white meat, such as veal, cooked in a white sauce), pot au feu (meat and vegetables slowly boiled together in a large pot), œufs à la neige (meringue floating on custard)…The most well-known brasseries, opened at the end of the 19th century, were temples of Art Deco and prestigious dining haunts. Esprit de France has picked out a few such places for you to visit on your walks. At Gare de Lyon, the legendary Le Train Bleu is a joy to visit. Coco Chanel, Jean Cocteau and Marcel Pagnol were all habitués there. They tend to be located near train stations and, indeed, at Boulevard du Montparnasse, there is not one but two famous Art Deco brasseries, La Coupole and La Rotonde. Every artist of renown from the Montmartre area – Picasso, Chagall, Braque and Léger, to name but a few, were all regulars. Not far from Place Clichy, the brasserie, Wepler, inaugurated at the end of the 19th century, boasts an equally rich, literary and sultry past.

If in search of a more contemporary place, Esprit de France recommends you try one of the many neo-brasseries popping up in the capital, where traditional fare is given a contemporary interpretation, in terms of both food and the setting. Here are our three picks.

La Régalade Conservatoire

Authentic dishes by Chef Bruno Doucet include pork terrine, poule au pot (chicken hot pot) and rice pudding, all served in the voguish setting designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte

7 rue du Conservatoire, Paris 9.
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle, Cadet or Grands Boulevards.
Open everyday. Dinner menu: 37 euros without extras.
Reservations : +33 (0)1.44.83.83.60

Brasserie Barbès

Opened just one year ago, Brasserie Barbès is laid out over three floors. It includes a restaurant, a bar and a roof-terrace, where you can dance into the early hours of the morning. It is always bustling with people savoring snails, veal’s liver and strip steak – all traditional bistro fare.

2, boulevard Barbès, Paris 18.
Metro: Barbès – Rochechouart.
Open everyday, service at any time, no reservations.
Around 30 euros.

Brasserie Thoumieux

In the kitchen, Sylvestre Wahid, formerly of Oustau de Baumanière in Baux-de-Provence, focuses on quality and tradition with a modern twist. Pan-fried sweetbread in mustard and calf juices, seared red tuna with a Niçoise dressing – in short, the classics with contemporary twist.

79 Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris 7 .
Open everyday for lunch and dinner. Price around 50 euros .
Reservations: +33 1 47 05 79 00.
Metro: Pont de l'Alma, Invalides, La Tour-Maubourg