We lived in Paris for three years, once I found this place, it quickly became our second living room when we wanted to get out.
First thing up...do not go if you do not speak French, or you are not willing to learn enough French to say, "Good day" and "A glass of red (or white) wine, please" and "Thank you".
This is a true trip back in time. It opened in the early 1930's. Edith Piaff did live upstairs and often whiled away her evenings here. The Nazi's did march on Grand Armee less than 100 yards away. The place has (probably) been cleaned up a few times since opening. The sign for the bathroom stills say "Lavabos", not Toilettes. This is a wonderful French neighborhood bar/restaurant. The atmosphere is great, if you love a sense of history and being surrounded by characters. The wine is very good and fairly priced. The food includes some classic French dishes and is very good and well priced,especially compared to most spots. Zaza is a gem.
Remember, it does not try to attract tourists, but, with a little effort on your part, you will get to see a remnant of fast vanishing history. And if you stay and try to enjoy it for it's character, you may find that an amazing number of the locals will begin to speak English.
Try the Cote du Rhones.
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