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Les Marroniers, 18 Rue des Archives, 75004

If you're ever in the Marais area and you want somewhere to rest your weary legs, this is an ideal place to go. 

Photo taken on a Saturday afternoon in March 2011. 

We popped in for a late, light lunch. I had the most delicious onion soup I've had in a very long time. Just the right balance of wine, croutons and melted cheese. Delicious! My friend had a tartine (a kind of French open sandwich) with ham and cheese, with the bread coming from artisan boulangerie somewhere close by in the Marais. It came with a very generous side salad. Both of us very impressed by the portion sizes.

We stayed for a couple of drinks after the meal, watching the world go by. There was a TV crew here filming a piece, probably about French cafés from what we could glean. It's not cheap (our food cost about 8 euros each, and about 4 euros for a kir) but then nowhere in Paris is (apart from the cheap Chinese, that is.) However, this place offers very good value for money and good entertainment too thanks to our very charismatic waiter!

The clientèle on the day we went was relaxed and casual locals predominantly. It is also worth noting that there is a spacious seating  area upstairs in this café, where I saw a few friends meeting up but it was virtually empty, so if you ever need a place to get a group of people together, this is worth remembering.

One little tip, don't scrimp on the espresso after the meal here. It's a sexily strong roasted coffee. Total coffee heaven! :)

I would happily return here and I recommend it to anyone.

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