NileGuide Expert Says:
A special place in a special neighbourhood
18 rue de la Butte aux Cailles
75013 Paris, France
+33 (0) 1 45 89 69 48
NileGuide Expert tip:
It's very popular and reservations are not taken, so be prepared to wait
This quaint corner of Paris has a strong revolutionary history, and this restaurant, a workers' co-operative founded in 1976, takes its name from a song ("Cherry Time") popular at the time of the Paris Commune. The area can become crowded in the evenings, with queues forming outside its many restaurants, that the local authorities have tried to ban drinking in the street. But the reason to come Le Temps des Cerises is for traditional, inexpensive bistrot food in an old-fashioned style. Sur l'ardoise (on the blackboard menu), you might find rillettes de canard, salade de joues de cochon (pork cheek salad) to start, main courses of filet de boeuf or cassoulet, with tarte tatin and gâteau au chocolat to finish. There won't be much elbow-room, and the chatter will be loud – but it's all good, honest stuff.