Le Refuge des Fondus

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Le Refuge des Fondus Le Refuge des Fondus in 18ème is a Paris restaurant all about large vats of fondue & wine in baby bottles. Ride the melt all the way to Paris with Party Earth. Paris France 48.884395 2.341223
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Party Earth Review Located in famously bohemian Montmartre, Le Refuge des Fondus makes no secret of its intent – this jam-packed and kitsch-filled eatery is all about mountains of melted cheese, meat…and more cheese. A painting of a rather... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    12: Abbesses

  • Phone:

    01 42 55 22 65

  • Hours:

    Daily 7pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Le Refuge des Fondus Review

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Le Refuge des Fondus in 18ème is a Paris restaurant all about large vats of fondue & wine in baby bottles. Ride the melt all the way to Paris with Party Earth.

Located in famously bohemian Montmartre, Le Refuge des Fondus makes no secret of its intent – this jam-packed and kitsch-filled eatery is all about mountains of melted cheese, meat…and more cheese.

A painting of a rather disturbing clown weightlifting two rounds of Gruyère peers through the front window, acting as prelude to the mad chaos that awaits within this tiny venue.

Crammed along tight rows of tables, merry coworkers, boisterous birthday parties, and unapologetic cheese-hogging tourists chat loudly between dripping bites. Space is at such a premium that when a new group is seated, half the party must clamber across the table or tuck in along the graffiti-covered walls to reach the bench on the other side.

The set menu is intended to be shared, with a choice of cheese or meat fondue. Regardless of the selection, the meal takes a rather surreal turn when the perpetually grumpy waiter provides patrons with a baby bottle of wine – a signature custom at Le Refuge that nobody quite understands but everyone seems to love, despite the fact that it’s impossible not to look like an idiot drinking from those tiny bottles.

A restaurant where writing on the walls is encouraged, playing with one’s food isn’t frowned upon, and boozing from the bottle is downright cute, Les Refuges des Fondus is the kind of place that thrives on being perpetually cheesy.

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Tip from Emma:

If you want extra portions of the potatoes and bread that come with the cheese fondue, the staff will happily oblige. Well, they’ll probably just grunt, but they’ll still bring it to you. As an aside, you should wear pants. Hot cheese hurts!

  • Crowd

    Happy tourists, backpackers, local young professionals, couples, birthday groups, and more tourists, 20s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Watching people consume large vats of cheese and cook steak in hot oil while they drink wine from baby bottles.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Set three-course menu which includes an aperitif, amuse-bouche, a choice between meat or cheese fondue, a serving of wine or beer, and a small selection of cakes and pastries for dessert. Cash or checks only.

  • Prices

    Prix fixe menu €21. Beer €3.50, wine €3.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to smart casual: jeans, trainers, unbuttoned shirts, loose ties, smart dresses, birthday groups in costumes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Preferably any day before 9pm, as tables fill up fast and can make for hour-plus waits, or Fridays and Saturdays late into the night to over-indulge with throngs of happy gluttons.

  • Close By

    A short walk away is Kremlin (6 Rue André Antoine), a Russian-themed bar that serves a variety of vodkas perfect for aiding the digestion of all that cheese.

Le Refuge des Fondus User Reviews

Average rating:
Fondu Heaven
Alli H. Nov 14, 2012
Someone recommended this place to me and even though it was a trek from our hotel, I had to check it out. It's near the Montmartre district of Paris, the old artsy area where the Moulin Rouge is located so the walk up to the restaurant from the metro is very cool. The restaurant itself is a hole in the wall with writing all over the walls and ceilings. There are only two reaaaally long tables that everyone sits in and if you need to get to the other side, you have to step over the step with the help of one of the waiters. There isn't a menu here, you just say what kind of wine you want and whether you want cheese or meat fondu. The wine comes in baby bottles so you never have to worry about your drink spilling. The amount of fondu and wine you get is unreal. I literally had to give up bread and cheese for two weeks after it because i ate so much but it was just SO GOOD! And truly not that pricey for a cool experience and a great meal. I'd definitely recommend it!
Where to start...and end the night!
Rébecca O. Sep 4, 2012
Before you even think of stepping in the Refuge des Fondus, make sure that you are very hungry and ready to drink it up! It is a very tiny hole that feels like being in a chalet up in the mountain. I would definitely recommend it for winter activities because it gets really hot in there! The best is to bring a bunch of your friends to take over one of the communal tables (there are only 2 in there!) and have one half order the cheese fondue and the other half the beef fondue. Choose the color of wine that will fill up your baby bottle and this it! You will never leave this place without a full stomach and a smile on your face. Some of the best memories happened between those walls and the best part about it is that you can leave a piece of writing on these walls. Whether you're a tourist or a local, you MUST check the Refuge des Fondues!
Great place to start a night - baby bottles of wine and fondue
Chris M. Aug 16, 2012
This place is tiny and very communal, but a ton of fun. The review is right, the communal tables go wall to wall forcing half the group to literally step on top of the table to sit in the booth. But the waiters will chivalrously lend a hand to the ladies that must clamber. You will be sitting next to other groups when you finally get a seat (don't come with too big a group) and the whole place is loud. You choose either the red or white house wine and it is served to you in a baby bottle. That's a little weird and I did worry about the cleanliness, but once you hit bottle two it doesn't seem to matter. The fondue is real good and everyone gets the prix fixe menu and shares. Best for groups of friends rather than a date but a great start to a night out around Montmartre or the end of a touristy day that brings you to the area.
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