Share tables and save pennies at Bouillon Chartier Montparnasse
In spring 2019, the unthinkable happened. The one-of-a-kind Bouillon Chartier, a fixture in the 9th arrondissement since 1896 and known for its marvellous Belle Époque dining room and affordable food, opened a second branch in Montparnasse. Except this ‘new’ location isn’t as new as it might seem. The restaurant at this address was actually run by Edouard Chartier for nearly 20 years from 1906 until it was sold in 1924, making its reopening a return to the establishments’s origins. Miraculously, it has retained its original Art Nouveau interior – painted tiles, glowing tulip lamps, elaborate woodwork and all. The concept is simple: service continu, no reservations and paper-clothed tables shared between diners. Bottles of wine start at just €10, six escargots will set you back €7.40 (although the salade frisée aux lardons is worth ordering for the crouton-to-lettuce ratio alone), and you can stuff yourself with steak haché or choucroute alsacienne for less than €11.