The Left Bank bistro

This Latin Quarter bistrot classic has spent more than a century dishing out unapologetically unreformed French food at excellent prices in a convivial, wood-beamed setting. Tourists, locals, and students jostle for space at the closely set tables and dig into the traditional French cuisine.

The weekday lunch menu is a particularly good value at €17.50—and generously lets you choose from among a half-dozen French classics for each course: perhaps starting with a salad with salami or deviled eggs followed by boeuf bourguignon or gigot d’agneau with frites, with a dessert of crème caramel, mousse au chocolat, or brie de Meaux.

See? No surprises: just perfectly prepared French classics.

Come early, or be prepared to wait.