NileGuide Expert Says:
Chartier offers all the typical French dishes in a belle époque canteen and an affordable experience for everyone
7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, Paris, France
01 47 70 86 29
NileGuide Expert tip:
Go early for dinner and miss the queues
Yes it's huge, busy and full of tourists, the waiters are often grumpy and you usually have to share a table. But if you only go to one restaurant in Paris this should be it. It's fun and you won't have to worry if you can afford it when the waiter adds up your bill on the paper tablecoth. Chartier is about the experience as much as the food that's served in this beautiful mirrored belle époque canteen. Bouillion Chartier began as a modest place serving workers' lunches more than a hundred years ago (it was named a historic monument in 1989), and the menu probably hasn't changed much since then. But if you don't know much about French food, this is an extremely inexpensive place to start. The carte features all the traditional dishes. Don't know if you like snails, andouillette or tripes à la mode de Caen? Try them here – if you hate them you won't have made much of a dent in your wallet.