Bouillon Racine

Top choice brasserie in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Inconspicuously situated in a quiet street, this heritage-listed art nouveau ‘soup kitchen’, with mirrored walls, floral motifs and ceramic tiling, was built in 1906 to feed market workers. Despite the magnificent interior, the food – inspired by age-old recipes – is no afterthought and is superbly executed (stuffed, spit-roasted suckling pig, pork shank in Rodenbach red beer, scallops and shrimps with lobster coulis).

Finish off your foray into gastronomic history with an old-fashioned sherbet. Two-course children's menus (€14.50) mean kids don't miss out.