Bihan Café : a genuine wine bar in New Eastern Paris

Feeling hungry or thirsty after visiting Méliès exhibition or watching a film at Paris Cinémathèque? Le Bihan Café is waiting for you. It’s also close to Bercy Palais Omnisport, and to Cour Saint-Emilion shopping area and garden, and if you come from National Great Library, just cross the Seine by passerelle Simone de Beauvoir.

This little wine bar is the last of all the colorful cafés and restaurants that disappeared when the ancient Paris wine market was closed. You can get an idea of its red brick architecture in the new Cour Saint-Emilion area, but nothing remains of its spirit.

Except Bihan Café. It is difficult to find a place on its tiny terrasse, but indoor is a bit wider and cheerful young waiters serve good food in generous portions, coming with a good selection of wines.

It used to be a working class joint, for it’s located close to Bercy freight railway station.

Here is Mr Mauras, a retired railroader, proudly sitting at his reserved seat near the bar.

The Bihan Café, 4 rue de Bercy 75012 Paris, metro Bercy tel 33(0)1 40 19 09 95. open everyday 11 to 15 and 17 to 23, up to 2 AM from Thursday to Saturday. It’s quite easy to find a table at lunch time, but better make a reservation for dinner, it’s usually crowded.

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