Latin Quarter, Paris
Most people seem to stumble upon Au Vieux Paris d’ Arcole while walking near Notre Dame Cathedral. I, however, stumbled upon this beautiful and reasonably priced restaurant while looking through Instagram photos! After reading lots of reviews, which were all pretty good, I decided to experience the place for myself.
I can honestly tell you, I was not disappointed. I arrived at my usual dinner hour of 6pm only to be told the restaurant wouldn’t be serving till 7pm. Since it was empty, I asked if I could take a few photos? It was just the two of us (chef and moi), so he said with a smile “yes, of course. “
Although the chef’s English was minimal, but much better than my non-existent French, he was able to explain that the building was one the oldest in Paris, built in 1512 and constructed with stones from nearby Notre Dame Cathedral. Notre Dame, being completed in 1512 as well.
He also informed me that originally, the building housed the priest and Canon (head guy) of Notre Dame. I later found out that the structure was sold to a wine merchant in 1723 and turned into a bar and café.
The interior of Au Vieux Paris is exactly what you, or at least I, want to see when I come to Paris. Walking through the petite establishment, I really felt like I had immersed myself into 18th century Paris.
Interestingly, there are two different vibes going on at Au Vieux Paris d’ Arcole. Downstairs it’s rustic and quite cozy. With upstairs looking as if they are expecting Marie Antoinette herself. I dined upstairs, of course.
The cat is a loyal staff member
Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
24 Rue Chanoinesse