Café Varenne

bar inside Paris café Varenne
Photo by Landen Kerr
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Classically Parisian Corner Café


  • 36 Rue de Varenne ,
  • 75007 Paris

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Café Varenne is a neighborhood staple that you’ll want to return to time and time again, even if it isn’t in your neighborhood. It feels like a Paris of long ago thanks in large part to the homemade food, friendly service, and classic Parisian décor.

The restaurant is filled with life and energy, and waiters dressed in black and white who seem to always have smiles on their faces. 

Everything fits together, from the frosted light fixtures and crown molding to the tiled floors, without forgetting the red banquettes, dark woods, and walls covered with vintage signs and posters. Be sure to take an extra look at the bar filled with a beautiful collection of bottles – it’s just Paris. 

Classic Parisian café with zinc bar.
A meal or even just a coffee at this classic Parisian bar and restaurant is like being in that idealized vision of life in Paris. Photo by Landen Kerr.

Seeking more spots which will make you feel like you stepped back in time or onto the set of a movie? See our picks for the most “Classic Paris” places.

Thanks to the excellent food, atmosphere, and service, you’ll find the terrace crowded rain or shine, in the heat of summer or during the coldest winter months. Owners, husband and wife team Sylvain and Agnès Didier, do a wonderful job making everyone feel welcome at Café Varenne. 

The menu changes slightly twice a year to feature seasonal dishes. In the winter, we love the onion soup that comes with an entire bowl of cheese. In the warmer months, there’s nothing better than the cold ratatouille with a poached egg and a glass of ice-cold rosé.

Simple French cuisine at Café Varenne in Paris.
For a good French dish on a warm Paris day, try the delicious cold ratatouille at Café Varenne. Photo by Landen Kerr.

No matter the season, you’ll always find French bistro classics like duck confit and roasted chicken that come with a heaping side of hand-cut, homemade fries. One of Café Varenne’s greatest strengths is taking a simple dish like oeufs mayonnaise and making them truly outstanding.  

Café Varenne is a great place to start the day with a strong coffee. We also love it for lunch – no matter how crowded it is, the wait never seems to be more than five or ten minutes. They have an excellent selection of wine, which we recommend enjoying en terrasse. It really is a great Left Bank spot to have on your Paris list. 

Take a seat on the charming terrace to enjoy a strong coffee or a simple but delicious meal, a truly authentic Parisian experience. Photo by Landen Kerr.

Café Varenne is open 7:30am – 10:30pm Monday – Friday and 9:00am – 8:00pm Saturday. Café Varenne is closed Sundays.

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  • Rue du Bac
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  • 36 Rue de Varenne ,
  • 75007 Paris
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