NileGuide Expert Says:
The interior is listed as an ancient monument
151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, France
01 45 48 53 91
NileGuide Expert tip:
Admire the ambience but remember the waiters are aiming for speed not friendliness – and no reservations are accepted
Founded in 1880, this venerable brasserie has long been a haunt of the chattering classes of the Left Bank. Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre were among its customers. Today more popular with politicians and the more hard-headed intellectual than literary types, it was bought a couple of decades ago by the restaurant group Bertrand, but the interior décor remains as it was in 1900 with murals by Léon Fargues. The menu, too, has changed little in the last half-century, concentrating on Alasatian specialities such as choucroute, but including brasserie favourites such as sole menuière and blanquette de veau à l'ancienne. Its rum babas (babas au rhum) are celebrated.