Allard: Paris bistro serves delicious French classics for good value

If you are planning a trip to Paris, don’t panic. The euro has diminished in value against the dollar but just as importantly, the city has so many good bistros and brasseries that continue to serve very good food at reasonable prices. The French have always eaten well, during good times and bad. Visitors, however, don’t know where the locals go so they’re stuck in restaurants that serve expensive trendy, unexciting food. Thank heavens for bistros like Allard, which have been around since before the Second World War. Located in the Left Bank (6th arrondissement), they have a loyal clientele who have been coming to the restaurant regularly for years. Their specialties: canard aux olives, poulet de Bresse, escargots de Bourgogne, turbot in beurre blanc, cassoulet, foie gras, coq au vin and baba au rhum.

  • Vibe: classic French bistro, unpretentious; people come here for the food.
  • Pros: very good value for money — dinner three-course prix fixe is 32 EUR; lunch two-course menu is 24 EUR.
  • Cons: always crowded, whether lunch or dinner.

41 rue St André des Arts
75006 Paris
+33 1 43 26 48 23
Frommer’s review of Allard
Métro: Odéon

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  1. Edward Tausk says

    we somehow survived 3 years without Paris, but now it is again time to visit. Allard has been one of our favorites. Do they still serve cassoulet on Mondays?