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Wine bistro Les Papilles

Wine bistro Les Papilles

Wine bar bistro Les Papilles is in Paris 75005

I’ve just read about a marvellous wine bistro in Paris called Les Papilles, in the 5th arrondissement.

The owner, Bertrand Bluy, was originally a chef patissier in some of France’s top kitchens, and in 2003 opened his own place. He wanted to create the kind of bistro that he’d like to hang out in with his rugby friends.

By all accounts it sounds like he’s done exactly that, and is succeeding very well.

This is a bistro combined with a retail wine store where you can buy a bottle of wine at the takeaway price, and for a small additional fee you can consume it on the premises. The kitchen provides yummy robust meals, at very reasonable prices. I’ll definitely be checking out this place when I’m in Paris next!

PS – Les Papilles means ‘tastebuds’ in French :-) appropriately. On the front window are the words:

  • epicerie fin =delicatessen
  • cave a vins =wine cellar
  • vins de vignerons = wine growers

From the website:  Located in the heart of a famous Parisian area near the Luxembourg garden and the famous Pantheon, our Bistroy… Les Papilles serving gourmet French terroir cuisine in the cosy atmosphere of a wine cellar and a fine old-style grocery, has an enviable reputation for thrilling your taste buds”

How to find Les Papilles

30, rue Gay-Lussac
75005 Paris
Tel. 01 43 25 20 79
Open: Monday-Saturday,10:30 a.m.-midnight. Lunch: noon-2pm; Dinner: 7:30pm-10pm Closed Sunday.
English Website:

Credit Cards: Yes
Prices: Moderate



Vegetarian La Fourmi Ailee

Vegetarian La Fourmi Ailee

Well ok – La Fourmi Ailee is NOT a vegetarian restaurant

Although it’s not strictly vegetarian La Fourmi Ailee has some meals that any vegetarian would enjoy.

If you are a vegetarian visiting Paris I recommend having a meal there, even though I haven’t been there myself, but I have friends who’ve recommended it highly.

They tell me it’s a charming and informal “writer’s haven” filled with bookshelves of books – sounds great! It used to be a library, so it has lots of history and a real “bookish” feel to it, for those who love the written word like I do.

There’s a non-smoking section upstairs, something still very rare in Paris.

My friends said, “La Fourmi Ailée features a wonderful, varied menu including several delicious vegetarian items. One is a tofu lasagna with just enough cheese and Roma tomatoes to hold the ample noodles together.”

La Fourmi Ailee restaurant is in 75005 Paris (image)

La Fourmi Ailee

8, rue du Fouarre (between Notre Dame and the entrance to the Latin Quarter neighborhood)
Paris 75005

Metro: Maubert-Mutualite

You might also like to view the Where to Eat in Paris page and also the Famous French Food page.

Map to La Fourmi Ailee

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