Chez Chartier

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Template:About Template:Use dmy dates Chez Chartier is a Bouillon (restaurant) in Paris founded in 1896, located at 7 Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre in the 9th district and classified as Monument historique in 1989. (Metro access Grands Boulevards)


The restaurant was created in 1896 by two brothers, Frédéric and Camille Chartier, in a former train station concourse under the name "Le Bouillon" (lit. broth, or stock, but in this context, a sort of brasserie; originally a cheap workers' eatery that served stew), near the Grands Boulevards, the Hôtel Drouot, the Musée Grévin, and the Palais de la Bourse. Over its hundred-and-some years of existence, the restaurant has had only four owners.

The conservation of architecture of the building and Belle Époque interior decoration has led to its classification as a historical monument in 1989.



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View of entrance of Chez Chartier in 2003.

The long dining room has a high ceiling which allows for a mezzanine, where the service is also provided. Large columns support the ceiling.


The restaurant is open 365 days a year with a menu offering traditional French cuisine. The table service is provided by waiting staff dressed in the traditional rondin, a tight-fitting black waistcoat with multiple pockets, and long white apron.

The restaurant's popularity forces patrons to wait in line in the courtyard or under the porch and sometimes on the sidewalk outside. Tables are shared between strangers. The bill is written directly on the disposable paper tablecloth. Serving stops at 10 PM.

Representation in culture

  • In 1939, the restaurant is mentioned in Albert Willemetz's song Félicie aussi, sung by Fernandel:


  • In Les beaux quartiers, Louis Aragon mentioned Le bouillon Chartier: the young medical student Edmond Barbentane has lunch there regularly.
  • The setting of the closing scene of La Chose publique by Mathieu Amalric is at Chartier.



See also

  • List of tourist attractions in Paris

External links

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