Le Rubis Wine Bar for Lunch

Where do Parisians go for a bargain lunch and a great glass of wine in the center of Paris? Le Rubis, just a few steps off upscale rue Saint Honoré.

Regulars remember drinking here when it opened in 1946, and if you go, you’ll experience some of the original ambiance: curved pewter bar, plates strewn with ham, and curtains covering tall windows. (And a Turkist toilet.)

Wines are primarily from Beaujolais and the Loire regions, though there are outliers. I’ve been told they serve a fantastic rosé from Cairo. Midday meals include confit de canard, tarte aux légumes, and fabulous charcuterie with Poilâne bread, all for around 10 euros.

Don’t count on dinner, though. After lunch, conviviality is king, and patrons stand at the bar, pairing wine with conversation (and the popular rillettes maison). Late afternoon, the line can be out the door.

No website. 10, rue du Marché , 1st, Métro: Tuileries. Open M-F 7am – 10pm, Sat 9am-3.30pm. Closed Sunday.

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