La Butte aux Piafs

Bistro in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

A cinematic cluster of cherry-red chairs flag the pavement terrace of this neighbourhood bistro, the spot to lap up the quietly fashionable vibe of La Butte aux Cailles. Inside, flip-down cinema seats mix with an eclectic jumble of vintage seating, while menus featuring burgers, meal-sized salads and creative starters come bound in the sleeve of a vinyl single.

There are ample vegetarian dishes to choose from: the croustillant de Chavignol (Crottin de Cavignol goats cheese from the Loire Valley with puff pastry) spiced up with Espelette chilli pepper and cinnamon syrup is outrageously delicious. For a full-on Parisian buzz, linger over al fresco coffee or lunch here on Tuesday, Friday or Sunday when food stalls from the neighbouring Marché Auguste-Blanqui practically spill onto the cafe terrace.