Buvette in the 9th

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Looking for a cosy spot to catch up on your Paris journal, have lunch with a friend, or sample wine?

Halfway between Galeries Lafayette and Pigalle, Buvette, chef Jody Williams’ year-old Paris wine bar, is off the beaten path and worth the detour.

Mismatched silverware, an impressive marble bar, tin ceilings, antique wooden tables, a chalk map of French wine country, and walls of glass all speak of tradition.

But the take on food is decidedly modern (and not for calorie counters).

Pain perdu (French toast) and gauffres (waffles) form the base of decadent sandwiches, financiers substitute pistachios for the traditional almonds. Cappuccino is served in cornflower blue and white flowered bowls that manage to be both elegant and homey.

This is as far through the menu as I got, but the aromas, the mix of old and new, and the presence of neighborhood regulars will get me back for a tartine and a glass of wine (chosen with help from the map of French wine appelations).

Have you eaten at Buvette? Let us know what you thought!

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