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Bofinger

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Bofinger

Bofinger is one of the oldest brasseries or beer restaurants in the city, and deservedly belongs among the gastronomic legends of Paris. It is sited on a small side-street in the very heart of Le Marais district, a short way from the Bastille. It was opened in 1864 by Alsatian Frédéric Bofinger, who arrived to introduce Parisians to draft beer, and served it Alsatian style as well - with sauerkraut and sausages. It is one of the most popular dishes of Bofinger still now, and is said to be served on a silver plate with a flame underneath. The place features several dining halls with total capacity of about 300 seats, and has preserved its beautiful belle-epoque décor almost untouched. High ceilings, tile flooring, leather chairs and mirrors - every detail is authentic. Not for nothing it's listed as a protected national monument! The restaurant boasts an amazing dome-shaped stained glass ceiling - created in 1909, it covers the main dining room. Dressed in black and white and wearing bow-ties, waiters serve guests deftly and with dignity, easily swapping from one language to another.
Regardless of the historic significance and belle-epoque luxury, the overall ambiance of the place is democratic and unpretentious. Occasional tourists can be seen among diners, yet Bofinger is still much loved among Parisians themselves. It's a favorite meeting place of businessmen or friends, who haven't seen each other for ages, politicians, writers and scientists. Bofinger is famous for the fact alone that almost every French president and Prime Minister of modern history has eaten there.
Yet the main reason for visiting the place is food. Bofinger is one of the icons of French gastronomic culture and boasts exceptionally good sea food. There you can savor six types of oysters, including Girardeaux, which are considered to be the best ones in France. Also lamb, French onion soup and already mentioned Alsatian sauerkraut and sausages are on its menu. In spite of the historic settings, the place does not feel like a museum at all. Quite the opposite - it's as lively and vibrant as it can be, just the generations of guests have changed.

7, rue de la Bastille
75011 Paris
Phone: 33 (0) 1 42 72 87 82
www.bofingerparis.com

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