Au Rocher de Cancale

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Au Rocher de Cancale is the classic French bistro, from its gleaming zinc bar to its battered wooden tables. Its old-school air shouldn't be surprising – the restaurant opened in 1846. In those days, it was no casual bistro, but a grand restaurant where the likes of Stendhal and Balzac dined. Today, although it is more modest, it still serves top-rate French cuisine. Try the Saumon Rôti au Pistou (roasted salmon with pesto) or Pavé de Canard aux five Épices (duck with five spices). And remember to take a moment to stand before the restaurant to admire its beautiful neo-Renaissance façade. On Sundays, the restaurant is popular for its copious brunch.

Location:  78 rue Montorgueil

Business hours:  Mo-Su 8:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.