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Nestled into the arches below the Parisian forerunner of New York City’s High Line (the Coulée Verte Rene-Dumont) and just steps away from Bastille, Brasserie L’Arrosoir’s location can’t be beaten.
The archways under this disused train line are now occupied by individual artisan shops and galleries. The Viaduc des Arts, as it’s called, is an attractive place to shop and while a few hours away, before or after a stroll along the elevated park/path up above. Stopping at L’Arrosoir for lunch — or even just a drink from their extensive cocktail list — is perfect for a respite and some good people-watching.
The restaurant serves up basic brasserie fare, with good croque monsieurs and madames and a seriously scrumptious goat cheese spring roll for starters. The menu offers plenty of salads and green bowls, burgers and fries, as well as a few fish and meat options. No fine dining, but that’s not what you come here for.
The main attraction of this spot is its great terrace. On the weekends, the pavement fills with people strolling by and shopping in the neighboring boutiques, so sitting here with a cool drink in hand while nibbling on a sandwich is a relaxing and entertaining way to spend an afternoon in Paris. Sitting inside under the old stone arches is also nice, and offers a cool place (literally) to escape the summer heat.