Les Marronniers

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Les Marronniers Les Marronniers in Paris’ Marais is a busy, gay-friendly restaurant with great people-watching along rue des Archives. Catch an eye in Paris with Party Earth. Paris France 48.8578324 2.3548092
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Party Earth Review Facing an array of shops on bustling rue des Archives, Les Marronniers offers people-watchers a stellar terrace experience in the heart of the über liberal Marais. Afternoons see the many wicker chairs under the venue... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    1, 11: Hôtel de Ville

  • Phone:

    01 40 27 87 72

  • Hours:

    Daily 8am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Les Marronniers Review

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Les Marronniers in Paris’ Marais is a busy, gay-friendly restaurant with great people-watching along rue des Archives. Catch an eye in Paris with Party Earth.

Facing an array of shops on bustling rue des Archives, Les Marronniers offers people-watchers a stellar terrace experience in the heart of the über liberal Marais.

Afternoons see the many wicker chairs under the venue’s deep red awning fill with chatty students, buff gay couples, and groups of girlfriends dissecting the day’s gossip over an inexpensive bottle of red.

As waiters navigate the sea of guests – fighting that stereotypical French aptitude for ambivalence as they josh and flirt with the local regulars – patrons watch the comings and goings of the neighborhood and snack on traditional bistro cuisine like duck confit and salmon tartare.

The restaurant’s name means The Chestnuts in English, a name no doubt inspired by the nearby chestnut trees that filter the sun on clear days, or perhaps by the requisite attendance of boisterous groups of boys with perfectly sculpted chests and finely manicured…never mind.

Large crowds perpetually fill the rows of long tables that make up the quaint downstairs bar, but those in the know head straight for the staircase lined with red candles that leads to the second level, where strawberry-red chairs surround little black tables and semicircular windows provide another vantage point on the street below.

With main courses and bottles of wine available for around €20, Les Marronniers serves up casual fare amid a busy but warm atmosphere, making it an excellent spot for a meal among close friends – or brand new ones.

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Tip from Emma:

Save room for the liqueur-filled chocolates. Or just make room. Either way, you’re ordering some.

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of gay and straight university students, trendy casual Parisians, curious tourists, shoppers taking a break from working their way down Archives, and relaxed older locals, 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    People-watching.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Simple traditional French bistro menu includes duck confit, salmon tartare, grilled sausage, burgers, and creative salads.

  • Prices

    Appetizers €7+, sandwiches and burgers €8–€9, salads €10.50–€11.80, entrées €12.50+, desserts €6+.

    Beer €4–$7, wine €5/glass or €20+/bottle, champagne €7.50/glass or €60+/bottle, apéritifs €4+, juice, coffee, tea, €2+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Neat casual: pressed slacks, V-necks, striped sweaters, skirts, silky shirts, fitted dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Venue is consistently busy, but Friday and Saturday nights are a good bet to join the biggest crowds of energetic pre-gamers, while sunny weekend afternoons usually make for the best people-watching.

  • Close By

    Le Petit Fer à Cheval (34, Rue Vieille-du-Temple) is a more intimate place to chat over cocktails, mainly because the place is so tiny patrons can’t help but get up close and personal with everyone around.

Les Marronniers User Reviews

Average rating:
One of the best places to check out in Le Marais
Andrea M. Jun 2, 2013
The bustling area near L'Hôtel de Ville offers some of the city's best areas to explore. Les Marronniers located on the awsome Rue des Archives is a place you should check when in the area! Located behind the Bazaar Hôtel de Ville (BHV) and across the street from a Daily Mono p' and Starbucks, the restaurant is impossible to miss. Just look for the patio where the patrons are having the most fun and eating the tastiest looking meals. The restaurant offers a large patio that is open all year round, but also has a hip inside and upstairs. For any veggies out there, the menu is very friendly and puts stars by any dish that may contain " peggy la cochonne" or porky the pig. The veggie burger called "NO-Burger" is one of the best in the city. For the non-veggies, you can find an array of French cuisine that can satisfy most palates. The best part about the food selection is found in the deserts. Les Marronniers brings together possibly the two best inventions to satisfy a sweet tooth with Nutella and creme brûlée. The Nutella creme brûlée could possibly make some chocolate lovers cry. If deserts are not what you are looking for, don't worry! Les Marronniers offers some of the best cocktails around and they don't skimp on the alcohol content. If you are tired from a day of touring then pick of their version of an Irish coffee. The extra strong espresso and Jameson are sure to bring you back to life! If nothing else, check out this location for the people watching. An eclectic mix of business professionals, gay couples, straight couples, students, singles, and even the sometimes older population frequent the joint and dine together in harmony. You are sure to leave this place with a full belly, a buzz and a smile on your face.
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