Café Charlot

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Café Charlot "Eating and drinking is the heart of Paris nightlife, and one of the best places to do both is at Café Charlot._x000D_ Paris France 48.8630711 2.3623906
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Party Earth Review Eating and drinking is the heart of Paris nightlife, and one of the best places to do both is at Café Charlot. Formerly a neighborhood boulangerie, Charlot is now a lively, crowd-pleasing bistro that offers its fashionable... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 7am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Charlot Review

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"Eating and drinking is the heart of Paris nightlife, and one of the best places to do both is at Café Charlot._x000D_

Eating and drinking is the heart of Paris nightlife, and one of the best places to do both is at Café Charlot.

Formerly a neighborhood boulangerie, Charlot is now a lively, crowd-pleasing bistro that offers its fashionable patrons an authentic French café experience.

A restored 1950s zinc bar is the centerpiece of this white-tiled space, whose large mirror reflects the attractive and trendy clientele that shows up to dine on chicken and salmon burgers and the classic sandwich croque monsieur – here renamed as a more youthful Croque-Juene Homme – or just to savor a bottle of wine.

Charlot serves dinner until 11pm, but it’s also a great spot for brunch and lunch or for taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi while indulging in a mug of rich hot chocolate.

Though the café is stylish and generally full of hipsters and fashionistas, Charlot always manages to maintain a casual atmosphere perfect any time for a meal or a round of custom cocktails.

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Tip from Adriana:

Café Charlot is known for their Sunday brunch but it is only served from noon–3pm and they don’t take reservations. Don’t let that deter you – it’s worth the wait!

  • Crowd

    Fashionable international set, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Updated French classics served for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

  • Prices

    Menu €6–€15. Beer €6, wine €6+, cocktails €12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code


  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Busy every night of the week.

Café Charlot User Reviews

Average rating:
Expensive but Parisian perfect
Julia W. Jul 8, 2013
So there is this charming little café nestled in the heart of the Marais that I just can’t get enough of. I first discovered the place when I lived just a couple of blocks away and would pass a corner space under construction every day. Being a lover, as we’ve already established, of all things food (well, almost), I was excited when I saw that the space was possibly going to be a new neighborhood boulangerie, as the sign over the corner entrance was one of those wonderful old Boulangerie signs. Day after day, I watched the progress, every day hoping that it would open before I was set to move away. When I eventually realized that it was not in fact going to be a Boulangerie but rather a café, I can’t say I was disappointed. Tant mieux if it was going to be a place for me to pop down for a tasty dinner or just a drink with a friend. I finally had the chance to make my inaugural visit one day when my friend and I had spent the morning at Carreau du Temple looking for famous people attending Stella McCartney’s fashion show. Exhausted after chasing Anna Wintour et al, we found we needed a French breakfast, so at my suggestion we headed to Café Charlot. That first time I finally made it inside after all those months of anticipation, I was mesmerized by its ambiance. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not the Plaza Athenée or anything. The attraction of it for me is that it’s precisely the way I would design a café, with its white subway tiles all over, fan light fixtures, and beautiful yet understated bar. I had a delicious croissant with possibly the best hot chocolate I have ever had. It was like a melted candy bar very much reminiscent of Angelina’s hot chocolate l’Africain only better. In subsequent trips to Café Charlot, I have taken a slightly less indulgent hot drink. The first time I ordered it, I was pleasantly surprised when my order of mint tea came out in a traditional Moroccan tea pot with traditional tea cozy and, of course, real mint leaves. As if I needed one more reason to love this place. Café Charlot is a great place to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just to take a drink. If you’re in need of a place to work, you can always take your laptop and take advantage of their free WiFi.
Take a bite out of classic Paris without breaking the bank
Alex W. Apr 9, 2013
Café Charlot is found slightly outside of the central tourist section of Paris, usually a good sign that a café will be affordable and authentic. This café is exactly what you picture when you imagine a Parisian café, only without the packs of tourists. They’re very friendly with English speakers and offer a varied menu of pasta and sandwiches in addition to heartier daily specials. Perfect for lunch, also good for a casual dinner. Personally, I occasionally need a break from heavy French fare, and it’s nice to be able to enjoy a club sandwich in a classic Parisian setting. Beware of the gourmet burgers though. They’re always too messy, requiring a knife and fork. Maybe I’m just a dumb American, but that’s not how I like to eat my hamburgers. Café Charlot is popular but you won’t have trouble getting a table. An exception is Sunday brunch, which attracts quite a crowd. If you’re only in Paris for a couple days don’t waste an afternoon waiting in line here. Brunch is a pretty recent trend in Paris and the crowd is attracted more by the novelty than the food. I always stop at Café Charlot after walking up my favorite street in the Marais, Rue Vieille-du-Temple. Take a left at the end of Rue V-d-T and you’ll find it on Rue de Bretagne, across from a popular market. It’s a great place to just enjoy a coffee and they even have free wifi, quite a find in Paris!
Trendy, classy, and tasteful!
Mahika G. Aug 22, 2012
Cafe Charlot has an upscale, vintage vibe to it, making it a trendy and unique cafe to check out while in Paris. They start serving lunch a little past noon, but we arrived before then to have some croissants and coffee to get our morning started, so they weren't too crowded, and we were able to have a nice, quiet morning. With drink and food specials written on the windows and mirrors of the venue, its easy to get a good value for you're paying in this fashionable cafe. If you're planning on coming in for a relaxing snack or break, grab one of the newspapers or magazines they have for customer use!
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