Café Constant

Bistro in St-Germain & Les Invalides

Run by Michelin-starred chef Christian Constant, whose flagship Le Violon d'Ingres is on the same street, this traditional neighbourhood cafe with original bar and mosaic floor cooks up some fantastic staples: veal cordon bleu with mashed potato, herb-roasted chicken or beef stew followed by rice pudding. Breakfast is served until 11am, more substantial food continuously from noon until closing time.

No reservations: enjoy a drink at the bar or on the pavement terrace outside while you wait. More upmarket Les Cocottes, a couple of doors down on the same street, is another Constant hit.