Terms like “quintessentially French” get thrown around a lot by travel writers – usually when describing places that are simply “old”. But this place, Le Rocher de Cancale could almost get us to use that phrase.
Located on the historical Rue Montorgeuil, Le Rocher de Cancale looks typically Parisian (ie: gorgeous) and was founded way back in 1804. Back then it was popular with dandies and courtesans (and you know they are always the ones to pave the way). It closed and re-opened in a different section of the street in the mid-1800s.
Now, it’s still one of the best spots to visit – although you mightn’t be surrounded by dandies and hookers. The food is great, inexpensive and the staff is friendly and used to non-French speakers.
Try the grilled Camembert with honey or opt for a simple croissant and coffee. Sit outside and pretend you’re French!
Le Rocher de Cancale is at 78 rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris.