A Pocket of Paris: Rue de la Huchette

st. michel metro.jpgRue de la Huchette, situated right beside the St. Michel fountain and St. Michel métro station, is a narrow street that is full of character. It boasts many cheap, but tasty, three course menus ranging from 8€ to around 30€.

As this is in the old Latin Quarter, it is a favorite among tourists but Parisians also enjoy the lively atmosphere.

The higher the prices of some restaurants generally indicate larger and higher quality portions, but there are also great deals to be found. The men at all the entrances of the restaurants will call for your attention but you must keep focused on the best meals at the best prices, which are indicated on the boards displayed at the front of the restaurant.

There are also many very fashionable bars with cool interior design, great atmospheres, and their quintessential Parisian overpriced drinks (Happy Hour is the time to hit these places in order to get a few Euros of the regular price). Also along this street are touristy shops for all your touristy needs, as well as, a very small theatre with a great line-up of classic French plays performed by talented actors.

These are my highlights for rue de la Huchette:

Best pub: ZE Bar
Here you will find a colourful bar with a cool atmosphere. The bar is very well designed with big screens to watch matches, a friendly staff, a youthful feel, and 5€ for a pint and 6€ for a cocktail during Happy Hour!

Best Meal:

This one depends on your taste. If you want typical French dishes, fish, Greek food or anything else really you will find it. Just make sure you look at the three course menus and pick the best meals at the best prices.

Best Entertainment: Theatre de la Huchette

theatre de la huchette.jpgA great little theatre showing two plays, at 19:00 and 20:00 respectively, Monday through Saturday. The first is “La Cantratrice Chauve” and a very funny performance of the classic “La Leçon”. The theater’s tiny interior makes all plays very intimate and the actors are superb. You’ll find this quaint theatre located at 23 rue de la Huchette.

Rue de la Huchette is a great evening out in Paris but also a cheap one, so head down and enjoy!

Address: Rue de la Huchette, 75005

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  1. Marywalker
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    lively and informative description of this area and what it has to offer. Will definitly give the theatre a try to experience local art and culture.

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  2. First time to paris
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I had followed this post and decided to eat at a restaurant on Rue de la huchette and it was the worst meal i had in Paris! Complete tourist trap! The food was tasteless, pasta was mushy and service was horrible. We saw the table next to us order meat fondue and the raw meat was served to the table a good 10 minutes before the cooking pot was given. As we were there on a hot day, one has to wonder whether the last piece of meat cooked was still safe for consumption.

    Afterour experience we went online and discovered this road is known by locals as “bacteria alley”. So although the street has much charcter, do NOT eat here!!

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  3. james bradley
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I am quite surprised at the comment “bacteria alley” I have been going to Paris for more than thirty years and have often eaten in this area and have never been disappointed yet. I have recommended more than one restuarant in the area to quite a few people and have always had good reports back. What I would recommend if you are disappointed is, get the owner of the restuarant, and let him know how you feel, but nicely , and get his reaction, it might surprise you.

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