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Café Noir

A touch of class in the otherwise grungy area of the 20th arrondissement, on a quaint cobbled street down from the church of Saint Blaise, the all-black Café Noir is where the in-crowd of serious foodies come to eat. The seasonal menu focuses on revamped traditional French cuisine with eclectic combinations of spices and vegetables – the robust, winterly dishes include aubergine cassoulets, duck breasts with honey and lavender and cardamom mash. The setting couldn’t be more authentically Parisian bistro; a chaotic jumble of bric-à-brac (including an old motorbike) surrounds the diners, while cacti and an impressive collection of coffee makers dress the windowsills. A multitude of hats and helmets hang from the walls alongside 19th-century posters advertising long-gone brands of drink and old sepia photographs. The flirty staff are unpretentious and fun. Café Noir is a great place for lunch before embarking on the massive Père-Lachaise cemetery, or for dinner before hitting hip club La Flèche d’Or just around the corner.

15 rue Saint-Blaise,
+33 1 40 09 75 80
Opening Times
Tue-Fri 12-3.00pm, 7.30-11.00pm; Sat open 24 hours; Closed Sun & Mon.
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