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Cafe Charlot

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Le Marais
Bistro
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38 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
33 1 44 54 03 30
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7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 31
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Recommended bistro

Cafe Charlot is a nice looking version of a classic French bistro. Food is good, above average but not outstanding cuisine, but it's the atmosphere and location that are particularly good. We had breakfast and a late night snack and drinks after cocktails at Little Red Door. If you want to try a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
tunbridgewells
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kent
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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kent
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Cafe Charlot is a nice looking version of a classic French bistro. Food is good, above average but not outstanding cuisine, but it's the atmosphere and location that are particularly good. We had breakfast and a late night snack and drinks after cocktails at Little Red Door. If you want to try a bistro in the marais, then we would... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If you want to experience a place with locals - then go go go to cafe charlot. The food is above average, the people have great coolness factor and the atmosphere is great. You might have to wait 1/2 hour for a table, but do it!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Maybe it's because this place is busy or maybe because this is how things are on a busy Friday night - but being squeezed onto a tiny table to eat some sub-standard food isn't an ideal way to spend a Friday evening. While waiting for the food I was able to overhear all the conversations in my close proximity and... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

A trendy café at the heart of Le Marais. Beautiful people hang out for a coffee, un verre du vin or for lunch or dinner.

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sydney
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I really, really want to like Cafe Charlot. I was here last time I was in Paris (18 months ago) and returned twice on this visit, so believe me, I gave it my best...I truly tried. The aesthetic is lovely, really authentic and dripping with atmosphere. The place has a true Parisian charm about it accompanied with an extensive (French... More 

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Paris, France
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Good-looking (and unpretentious!) gay guys, locals and only the occasional tourist pack this bistro day and night, and for good reason. The small, horseshoe-shaped zinc bar, white tile walls and dark wood interior veritably invite you to come in and enjoy a very decent bistro meal of a delicious steak-frites or a roast chicken, but the star is the people-watching... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The food here is excellent. If Pot Au Feu is on the menu, order it. It is absolutely the best. Overall, this cafe gets high marks for food quality and variety, but it is very crowded (too many tables for the space), the staff are run off their feet trying to keep up, and the prices are on the upper... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

Had a quick evening meal with the family and found the food to be of good quality compared to many of the local bistros. The staff were very helpful with good English explanations of the menu and quick service. Prices were reasonable (for the area!) Definitely the best local bistro we found.

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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Located in the heart of the Le Maris district of Paris 3rd Ar. This busy cafe has great atmosphere , with the Markets located directly opposite is well located. Friendly staff who provide good service This has been our place for coffee and croissants at the Bar, this week. The coffee is one of the best in Paris for us... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Make sure you go here, this place is where local Parisians eat their breakfast. Don't think that you are going to get great coffee (you are not in Italy ) but the breakfast and the juice is just how you imagine it.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 38 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Le Marais
  • Neighborhood: Le Marais
  • Phone Number: 33 1 44 54 03 30

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 37 - 51
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Things to do Nearby

Neighborhood Profile
Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.