Côté Place

When the smiling server at Ma Bourgogne, under the arcades at Place des Vosges, didn’t have room for our group of 6, he sent us across the side street to Côté Place, adding that it was the “continuation” of their restaurant.

I wondered, looking at the simple wooden exterior and small red awning, if this was really the case. But I needn’t have worried. On a sunny day, the terrace at Ma Bourgogne is hard to beat. But for a thoroughly enjoyable meal indoors, Côté Place is perfect.

You can see the Place des Vosges from the window of Côté Place, but otherwise, you would swear you were far from Paris, in a Burgundy bistro. Dark leather banquettes, small wooden tables, etched glass, and Art Nouveau lamps gives the restaurant a cozy, elegant feel.

Specialties include snails, saucisson from Beaujolais, and steak tartare – traditional fare, served in copious amounts. Our server suggested excellent, affordable wines, and his friendly manner made us feel at home.

2, rue des Francs Bourgeois 75003, tel 01 42 71 27 40