This very tatty old bar once frequented students from L’Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq next door. After a big revamp it became one of the right bank hang-outs for the arty-fashion-gay crowd. The bar is located right on the Strasbourg St Denis Market opposite Passage Brady’s Indian alley – a quartier that is mid-way between gritty and oh-so-chic.
The food is decent and a solid choice for Sunday brunch – featuring “Jeannette’s burger” – most dishes are reasonably priced, up to aroun 20 euro.
The 1940s wallpaper is a throw-back to the era of the original Jeannette, an Auvergnate who passed the Bistro on to the next generation (from the region that famously produced and assisted the Costes as well as countless other Bistro and cafe owners) …on the condition that they did not radically change the décor. That’s the reason it’s a truly authentic patina – with a very slight sheen.
47 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 10th
Metro: Château d’Eau (4)