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La Belle Hortense

#4,745 of 14,216 Restaurants in Paris
$$ - $$$
Le Marais
Wine Bar, French
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31, rue Vielle du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
17:00 - 02:00
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53 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here on recommendation from a local regular and ended up staying until chucking out time. Very friendly local characters and a great selection of wines in a shabby chic book shop. You can't feel much more Parisian.

Thank bignorm_qc
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Happened upon this bar/bookshop when we were out in Le Marais. As we walked in it become clear there were lots of people who knew each other but they soon welcomed us in. There were many characters in there who filled us in on their jobs and lives. Would recommend for a true French evening!

Thank Charlotte C
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

La Belle Hortense combines a bar, bookshop and restaurant, which I find appealing, but the food is the equivalent of a second rate novel. I ate the bœuf bourguignon and, while the beef was tender, the sauce was sharp, suggesting that it had not been slow cooked. The flavour was like that of a commercial sauce. My partner ordered lamb,... More 

Thank Padraig l
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

This is a really cool bar. The staff and locals are super nice and very tolerant of my rubbish French. Nice food. I met a very rough toxic Irish woman who was truly horrible. She was probably drunk. Unfortunate but not their fault. Sad for her husband really...

Thank Kate B
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

This bar is such a cool place to have a pre dinner wine or beer or post dinner cognac. It's cosy and kooky with a great vibe in a lively area of Paris. The library in the bar and art out back add to the atmosphere and the manager makes the bar what it is...an interesting experience all round. Well... More 

Thank 701David
Paris, France
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

PERFECT place to end an evening in the Marais. The crowd is international and intellectual. The space is intimate but quite lively and the energy often spills onto the street in from where people just take their glasses and their cigarettes and chat the night away. Good place to meet local architects, writers, curators, visiting poets, vagabond alcoholics with style... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

Escaped the Friday night madness in La Belle Hortense. We enjoyed fabulous Poulily Fuissé as well as other Maçonais white, listened to David Bowie's Black Star and thumbed through books ......... and relax!

Thank mickysutcliffe
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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528 reviews
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Reviewed 7 April 2016

Visiting this little bookshop bar was one of the highlights of my visit to Paris. Really lively atmosphere and a good range of wines on offer.

Thank PebbleL
Belgrade, Serbia
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

It is bar with book store. We entered when place was crowded with local people but they were in so good mood that we have great time; like we know them for long time. Bartender was very charming and atmosphere was great. Prices are not to high.

Thank Zoran M
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Reviewed 9 November 2015 via mobile

Book Shop and wine bar in one. What can go wrong? Nothing, as it turns out. Even though it's tiny, there is room for everyone. And the selection of organic wines is good. Cheers!

Thank FromTheNorth72

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Wine Bar, French
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31, rue Vielle du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Le Marais
  • Neighbourhood: Le Marais

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendour. This neighbourhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.
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