The market is starting to get busier again with ‘la rentrée’ now… So, if you need a break after your grocery shopping at the Marché d’Aligre, head over to Le Baron Rouge where you are guaranteed to be rubbing shoulders with plenty of locals.
If you drop by while the market is in full swing, you may be put off by the sea of people spilling out onto the pavement in front of the bar. However, should you fancy a mid-week apéro, you can pull up a seat at the back facing the bar or lean across the wine casks that guard the entrance. These are not purely decorative: if you take an empty bottle along, you can buy the wines that are stored inside them.
Head up to the bar and look up – the wine list is scrawled on the blackboards for all to see. All wines are available by the bottle, carafe or glass (€ 1.50 upwards) and there are a handful of ‘wines of the month’.
The petites assiettes (€ 7/€ 8) are served up in very generous portions and are perfect accompaniments to a glass of wine. When I am feeling piggish, I easily get carried away and fill up on their delicious rillettes, saucissons and seafood dishes.
Through Autumn and Winter, thanks to its ideal location right by the market, the bar sources the fresh oysters of the day and cracks them open on the spot for you. Let the countdown for the oysters begin…!
Le Baron Rouge | Bars, Snacks | Wine (glass) € 1.50
1 Rue Théophile Roussel | +33143431432
Tue – Fri 10:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 22:00, Sat 10:00 – 22:00, Sun 10:00 – 16:00