Le Sainte Marthe
With its red walls and dark wooden tables, Le Sainte Marthe doesn’t charm you with its designer décor – but after all, it doesn’t need to – there’s enough going on outside on the place Sainte Marthe to keep your visual senses busy. The food, however, is some of the best you’ll find in the area, with its interesting take on traditional Italian-French cuisine (such as the escargot ravioli) and large salads served with mozzarella and goat’s cheese. The superior wine list makes Le Sainte Marthe somewhere locals can simply pop into for an aperitif. Wonderfully free of pretension – which can hardly be said of some of the other places in the area – it attracts an eclectic mix of diners ranging from moneyed bohemians to, erm, bohemians living on credit. The outside terrace is a dream during Paris’ sweltering summer months – but book a table, as it gets very busy.