Restaurant Reviews

Rue Paul Bert: Where To Eat In Paris’ 11eme

by Ali Postma

Rue Paul Bert and the surrounding streets of the 11th arrondissement of Paris are a gastronomic haven dominated by two well-known chefs: Bertrand Auboyneau and Cyril Lignac.

People eating out on a bistro terrace in summer in Paris.
Diana Liu

Bertrand Auboyneau’s Bistrot Paul Bert

Bertrand Auboyneau is a French restaurateur with no less than four addresses all on Rue Paul Bert: Bistrot Paul Bert, Le 6 Paul Bert, L’Ecailler, and La Cave Paul Bert.

Le 6 Paul Bert is a neo-bistro serving up elevated small plates thanks to a unique concept: young international chefs take over the kitchen for a period of time.

A specals' board outside the Bistrot Paul Bert in Paris (left). The leather banquettes and tables at the Bistrot Paul Bert with white tablecloths in Paris' 11th neighborhood (right).
Diana Liu

At the nautical L’Ecailler, the focus is fresh seafood and oysters, while cozy La Cave Paul Bert is a wine bar serving small plates. But we’re here to talk about the Bistrot Paul Bert.

A sign designating the dining room at the back of the Bistrot Paul Bert in Paris.
Diana Liu

Bistrot Paul Bert is a tried-and-true classic. This is the kind of place that is perfect to take friends or family when they’re visiting Paris when you want to show them what traditional French cuisine is all about.

Signature steak tartare at the Bistrot Paul Bert in Paris with sides of bread, salad and fries.
Diana Liu

With a chalkboard menu that’s brought to your table, Bistrot Paul Bert serves up one of the best steak frites in Paris, and a delicious light and fluffy soufflé au Grand Marnier the size of your hand. The 19€ lunch menu is a steal, but if you’re going for dinner, reservations are recommended.

The counter with bottles of wine and newspapers at the Bistrot Paul Bert (left). A waitress behind the counter at the bistro (right).
Diana Liu

Cyril Lignac’s Le Chardenoux

Cyril Lignac is a French chef whose Le Quinzieme in the arrondissement by the same name has been awarded one Michelin star. Lignac has three addresses at the end of Rue Paul Bert: Le Chardenoux, La Pâtisserie, and La Chocolaterie.

Dessert in designer boxes at La Pâtisserie in Paris 11 (left) and the cake counter (right).
La Pâtisserie – Julia Pianetti

At La Pâtisserie, Lignac teams up with pastry chef Benoît Couvrand to offer delectable breads, pastries, and desserts such as their signature creation l’Équinoxe, as well as other classics such as the rum baba, lemon tart, and vanilla flan.

La Chocolaterie's blue exterior with neon sign in Paris 11 (left). Chocolate bears in a box (right).
La Chocolaterie – Yann Deret

La Chocolaterie is Liganc and Couvrand’s very own real-life chocolate factory dedicated to all things cocoa: chocolates, brioche, muffins, cookies, spreads, and hot chocolate. But before you indulge in dessert head to Lignac’s restaurant, Le Chardenoux.  

A table with a cup of coffee (left) and the counter with a neon sign above it (right) at La Chocolaterie.
La Chocolaterie – Yann Deret

Le Chardenoux has just re-opened after a year of renovations, which have truly transformed the space. This petite Parisian bistro and classified historic monument has been given a contemporary twist, with a beautiful hand-painted green foliage ceiling and glamorous gold chandeliers.

The magnificent Art Nouveau interiors of Le Chardenoux bistro in Paris 11.
Le Chardenoux – Thomas Dhellemmes

Reflecting the pale green walls of the restaurant, the menu focuses on seafood, featuring a delicious tuna tartare with avocado, ponzu, and wasabi relish served in what looks like a fish bowl, and Lignac’s version of fish ’n’ chips with sole, eggplant tempura, and tartar sauce. For dessert? Try the most perfectly light and crisp millefeuille.

Le Chardenoux Paris bistrot Art Nouveau interiors with wooden tables, white table cloths and beautiful ceiling frescoes.
Le Chardenoux – Thomas Dhellemmes

Whether you crave the traditional cuisine of Bistrot Paul Bert, or the modern Le Chardenoux, Rue Paul Bert is a hot spot where you can’t go wrong if you’re seeking exemplary French cuisine.

Diners seated at tables inside Le Chardenoux bistrot in Paris 11.
Diana Liu

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Waiters inside the Paul Bert bistrot (left) and tables on the terrace outside (right).
Diana Liu

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The tables and wooden bistrot chairs at Bistrot Paul Bert (left) and a waitress behind the counter (right).
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Ali Postma

Ali is from Melbourne, Australia, where she studied Art History and Art Curatorship at university and worked in various art galleries. Passionate about all things arts and culture, she loves French film, Nordic noir, photography, street art and architecture. Addicted to pain au chocolat, Ali is fulfilling her dream of living in Paris. View Ali Postma's Website

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