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Le Zimmer

1 Place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris, France
+33 1 42 36 74 03
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good50%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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French, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris, France
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We chose to sit inside rather than on the terrace. The decor was beautiful, turn of the century with amazing ceilings. My onion soup was probably the best I have ever had. The fruit salad was a bit disappointing, but the other desserts looked great....More

Thank LondonHelenb
Reviewed 23 July 2017

A good service : the waiters know their craft and do speak english , they can translate for you the items on menu . Good food : the quality of the food served is what you would exoect from a good bistrot Prices ; good...More

Thank alm7111
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We were looking for a nice place to celebrate our last night in Paris. I read a number of reviews where people said that place should be Le Zimmer. We got a table just inside but with panoramic views of the square. The waiter didn't...More

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Well located and with nice interior, but in other respects very medium level. Especially food quality could be better.

Thank NatalieTwice
Reviewed 13 June 2017

This cafe is convenient to my hotel and that is how I discovered it years ago. It has consistently served good food and the wine selection is good as well. Whether you want seafood, chicken or just a salad or sandwich you can be sure...More

Thank barbgoodkin
Reviewed 3 June 2017

While in Paris, my hotel was right around the corner from Le Zimmer. I was pleased to find the most delightful breakfast here. It consisted of perfectly cooked eggs with salmon, bread and expresso. I enjoyed it so much the first time, that I made...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2017

We had spent ten days in the very quiet French countryside in early May when we decided on one dinner in Paris. We got off the RER B at St-Michel and almost got back on the train: crowds, thundering crowds. We fled north, off the...More

Thank Robin T
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I had the 'basic' breakfast deal which was a selection of breads and pastries as well as a coffee. All aspects were great. Would recommend.

Thank EddWLockton
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Pretty good. Food was OK but it came incredibly fast after ordering....already ready or microwave? Anyway not disappointing. Wine choice perfect. Friendly english speaking staff (!). Heated terrace.

Thank Anda M
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We have been in Paris for the past four days and have eaten at different Cafe/restaurants/bistro for brunch, lunch, and dinner and was fortunate enough to have some delicious meals delivered on our plate with today's exception. The decore inside the restaurant gives it decent...More

Thank Jack Y
David C, Directeur général at Le Zimmer, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2017

Thank you for your comment. We're very surprised that you didn't like neither our beef tartar nor our French onion soup as there are much sold in our restaurant and always enjoyed by our customers. We also regret very much that you conclude that we're...More

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houses the main shopping mall, which nestles
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churches and the old commodity exchange. Parallel to
it are the high-street stores of Rue de Rivoli and
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Response from George G | Reviewed this property |
Au Vieux comptoir 17 rue des Lavandieres Go past Zimmer on Ave Victoria and turn right at rue des Lavandieres. The restaurant is on your left on the corner with the yellow awning
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$42
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 01:00
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07:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Les Halles
  • Neighbourhood: Les Halles
  • Phone Number: +33 1 42 36 74 03
Just after the war of 1870, Alsatian families wanting to remain French settled in Paris and created large breweries (cafés) according to their tradition: Le Zimmer, Wepler, Dreher, Bofinger and others still testify today. At its creation in 1896, Le Zimmer of the Place du Chatelet is the most beautiful of the three cafés belonging to the company of taverns Zimmer. The ground floor room with its elegant ceiling, differs by the finesse and sobriety of its floral decoration from other Parisian brasseries of the same era. An upstairs bar welcomes guests to chairs and sofas. The success is such that the establishment needs to be rapidly expanded. On the eve of the First World War, it developed on four levels. In the entresol, a dining room can accommodate one hundred and fifty guests. On the upper floors, lounges and private cabinets are arranged for more intimate meetings... The history of Le Zimmer is closely linked to that of the Théâtre du Châtelet: doors used to allow spectators to go directly to the ground floor room and the living room on the first floor. Le Zimmer attracts many artists and writers: Jules Verne, Emile Zola, Sarah Bernhardt, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Edmond Rostand, Marcel Proust, Serge de Diaghilev, Guillaume Apollinaire, Igor Stravinski, Vaslav Nijinski, Pablo Picasso and many others attended this café. During the "dark years", the network of resistance "Honor of the Police" gathered in the vast basements where a cache, whose access is unknown today, would have allowed several families to escape the antisemitic persecutions . During the occupation period, Le Zimmer hosted some secret meetings of a network of police resistance. In this sense, the mayor of Paris and the prefect of police have affixed a commemorative plaque to the names of Edmond Dubent (commissioner of police and founder of the group "The honor of the police"), Charles Henri Porte (commissioner of police) , Paul Turgne and Raymond Boudier (national security police inspector), as well as Marcel Pruvost and Raymond Micheli (policemen), all were arrested in this place and then deported. In 2000, its owner, Jean Luc Gintrand, entrusted the renovation to the talented decorator Jacques Garcia who was able to restore an authentic soul to this place full of history and thus make the Place du Chatelet one of its finest Parisian café.
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