Au Rocher de Cancale

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Au Rocher de Cancale Au Rocher de Cancale in Paris' 2ème is a historic bar/Café along Rue Montorgueil. See why Balzac hung out here & Gavarni painted here with Party Earth in Paris. Paris France 48.865627 2.347133
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Party Earth Review In a city like Paris, finding a café that dates back a century or two is hardly unusual, but Au Rocher de Cancale – est. 1846 – stands out among these enduring gastronomic sites as a reliably festive place to eat, drink... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    3: Sentier; 4: Châtelet, Etienne-Marcel; 1, 7, 14, A, B, D: Châtelet

  • Phone:

    01 42 33 50 29

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Bar: Daily 8am–2am
    Restaurant: M–F 10am–4pm and 7–11:30pm, Sa–Su 10am–11:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Au Rocher de Cancale Review

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Au Rocher de Cancale in Paris' 2ème is a historic bar/Café along Rue Montorgueil. See why Balzac hung out here & Gavarni painted here with Party Earth in Paris.

In a city like Paris, finding a café that dates back a century or two is hardly unusual, but Au Rocher de Cancale – est. 1846 – stands out among these enduring gastronomic sites as a reliably festive place to eat, drink, and meet new people.

Creaking wooden floors, slanting tables, and spindly staircases transport the diverse clientele to a classic 19th-century tavern, aided in no small part by the original frescoes of famed caricaturist Paul Gavarni preserved under plexiglass in the upstairs dining room.

Novelist Honoré de Balzac was a regular here, probably sitting out on the same sidewalk patio where today’s well-heeled shoppers relax alongside scarf-wearing bobos, observing the lively characters on Rue Montorgueil, from the shouting fruit vendors to the twenty-something fashionistas in sky-high heels who zip between high-end boutiques on their scooters.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the bar usually fills with the chatter of area young professionals, history-seeking tourists, and trendy but casual couples as everyone gets to know each other over traditional French salads, seafood, and steins of 1664.

The place is also popular for its weekend brunch, if only for the people-watching and indulging in a few liquor-filled chocolates before noon.

Ah, Paris.

Laid-back but lively, Au Rocher de Cancale perfectly embodies the sense of history that pervades the City of Light, and brings unexpected people together in appreciation of French food and culture.

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Tip from Emma:

Au Rocher de Cancale is a perfect spot to take a break from your afternoon city explorations, and enjoying a coffee on the little outdoor terrace never fails to recharge your batteries. Just be wary: there are no ashtrays, so sometimes smoke rises from the grates when lit cigarettes build up beneath the sidewalk!

  • Crowd

    Diverse blend of fashionable young couples, groups of students, bobos, history-loving travelers, area young professionals, chic shoppers, and families during the day. All ages, though mostly late 20s to 30s at night.

  • Entertainment / Music

    The sounds of the street, the chattering of clientele, and the vibrations of history. Original Gavarni frescoes upstairs and rotating local art on the ground floor. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Standard French fare with a wide range of salads including niçoise, au chevre chaud, paysanne, and gesiers, as well as international highlights like milkshakes, chicken spring rolls, and Japanese Asahi beer.

    Several free French-language newspapers available.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu €13, salads €10.50–€16, entrées €9–€22, liquor-filled chocolates €4.

    Beer €3.60–€7.50, wine €4.90/glass or €16/pitcher or €26–€32/bottle, cocktails €9–€11, champagne €7/glass or €75/bottle, shots €5, aperitifs €3.80–€6.90.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to trendy: t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers to tights, high heels, designer bags, and fatty sunglasses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the liveliest crowds, though Rocher is hardly rowdy, or Sunday afternoons for a low-key brunch among close friends.

  • Close By

    Bar/restaurant Café du Centre (57 Rue Montorgueil) is right across the street, and though it doesn’t have the same history, it does offer a chill atmosphere and a similar menu whose prices are usually a few Euros cheaper.

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