I found this place last year by chance, while browsing TripAdvisor reviews of Parisian restaurants. I didn’t really know what I was looking for, other than something on the way to the Moulin Rouge from our hotel near the Eiffel Tower. What we found was a gorgeous little bistro, with the friendliest staff we’d encountered in Paris.

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We also found an amazing and surprisingly well priced dinner menu – from memory, it was around 30 euro for an entrée, main course and dessert each. My three courses looked like this:

Entrée: salmon, apple and fennel salad

Main: Beef bourguignon (meat so soft it really fell away at the fork!)

Dessert: apple and almond cart/cake

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting too much, because I hadn’t had a lot of positive experiences in Paris at that point. But this meal really blew me away. It was such a beautiful, warm, cosy little spot, off the main busy areas of the city. The service was so lovely, the food was incredible, and so was the wine. We dined fairly early, to allow time to get to the show, so it wasn’t very busy, so it felt like it was our own little corner of the world for that dinner time.

It was one of my most memorable travel dining experiences, and definitely a place I’d love to visit again!

Le P’Tit Troquet:
28 Rue de l’Exposition, Paris, France