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“Fantastic set menu evening”
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Le Zimmer
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Ranked #1,281 of 17,292 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Les Halles
Description: Just after the war of 1870, Alsatian families wanting to remain French settled in Paris and created large breweries (cafés) according to their tradition: Le Zimmer, Wepler, Dreher, Bofinger and others still testify today. At its creation in 1896, Le Zimmer of the Place du Chatelet is the most beautiful of the three cafés belonging to the company of taverns Zimmer. The ground floor room with its elegant ceiling, differs by the finesse and sobriety of its floral decoration from other Parisian brasseries of the same era. An upstairs bar welcomes guests to chairs and sofas. The success is such that the establishment needs to be rapidly expanded. On the eve of the First World War, it developed on four levels. In the entresol, a dining room can accommodate one hundred and fifty guests. On the upper floors, lounges and private cabinets are arranged for more intimate meetings... The history of Le Zimmer is closely linked to that of the Théâtre du Châtelet: doors used to allow spectators to go directly to the ground floor room and the living room on the first floor. Le Zimmer attracts many artists and writers: Jules Verne, Emile Zola, Sarah Bernhardt, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Edmond Rostand, Marcel Proust, Serge de Diaghilev, Guillaume Apollinaire, Igor Stravinski, Vaslav Nijinski, Pablo Picasso and many others attended this café. During the "dark years", the network of resistance "Honor of the Police" gathered in the vast basements where a cache, whose access is unknown today, would have allowed several families to escape the antisemitic persecutions . During the occupation period, Le Zimmer hosted some secret meetings of a network of police resistance. In this sense, the mayor of Paris and the prefect of police have affixed a commemorative plaque to the names of Edmond Dubent (commissioner of police and founder of the group "The honor of the police"), Charles Henri Porte (commissioner of police) , Paul Turgne and Raymond Boudier (national security police inspector), as well as Marcel Pruvost and Raymond Micheli (policemen), all were arrested in this place and then deported. In 2000, its owner, Jean Luc Gintrand, entrusted the renovation to the talented decorator Jacques Garcia who was able to restore an authentic soul to this place full of history and thus make the Place du Chatelet one of its finest Parisian café.
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“Fantastic set menu evening”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place when searching for something a bit frenchy. After being recommended to try the set menus at restaurants we chose this and it was wonderful. A great fresh selection Of French food with a twist. Good selection of wines. A great evening out. We recommend this place. We went with our 8 yr old and the children's meals are well suited. This place is good for people watching on the terrace, an evening out with your loved one at a later time or with a youngish family early in the evening. I would avoid under 7 year olds as you may spend too much time managing your kids when you need to enjoy the evening.

Visited July 2013
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“Best Breakfast Ever!”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

I'm preparing a what-not-to-miss-in-Paris list for my friend so I have added Zimmer as where-to-have-a-great-breakfast spot. So I've also decided to share my impressions with all of you. It's so nice to spend a morning there, having a versatile breakfast and preparing for hours of sightseeing in Paris.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Great dinner”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

As a curious traveler, I set out to find a restaurant in Paris where I could try steak tartare. Not only was the meal fresh, but also delicious. The service was also great, and it was a memorable dinner.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Very Good Spot!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I ate here three times over my ten day stay in Paris and enjoyed my meal every time. Waiters are your typical Parisian don't really care, but it is what it is. Meals came out right every time, and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend it and I will visit again on my next trip to Paris.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Great for a drink and quick meal”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

This restaurant is very casual, busy and has great people watching a few blocks from our hotel. We were seated quickly even though the place was busy and it was 10:30 pm.We had a good wine and beer and shared a Croque Monsieur with a side salad. It was so good. One of the best Croque Monsieur I have ever had.

  • Visited April 2013
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