You may already be familiar with Bouillon Chartier, the Paris institution we featured as part of our post on Historic Bars & Restaurants of Paris. Now, 122 years after the original institution first opened its doors, Bouillon Chartier opens its second location on the left bank, in the historic Montparnasse neighbourhood!
In a wonderful plot twist, this is not so much a new address for Chartier as it is a homecoming: Edouard Chartier first bought the bistrot in 1903, and it was Chartier who transformed the restaurant into the archetype of Art Nouveau design it still is today, way back in 1906. History has come full circle and over 110 years later Chartier is once again the family name over the door.
Whereas the original Chartier in the Grands Boulevards neighbourhood is famed for its vast Art Deco spaces - reminiscent of a grand train station waiting room - the newest addition to the family completes the artistic collection by being utterly Art Nouveau. The photographs in this article give a glimpse of the original bistrot - Montparnasse 1900 - an Art Nouveau tour de force boasting original tiling with the characteristic swirling organic forms of the movement, as well as beautiful mirrors with wood detail, globe lamps typical of the era and even an illuminated glass ceiling. Unsurprisingly, the renovations which the restaurant underwent in January 2019 will touch nothing of the original decor, not least because these gorgeous interiors have been a Historic Monument since 1984.
As with the original Chartier, prices are affordable, service swift and the atmosphere boisterous - so all in all the new location is set to be a great night out! The classic menu will be the same medley that has proved such a hit at Chartier - meaning you can go all out on traditional classics such as bœuf bourguignon, roasted chicken, pot-au-feu and ending with mousse au chocolat or baba au rhum. This particular dining experience certainly won't hit your wallet!
This latest opening marks a return to the fast-paced dining style that was once so common in Paris, with everyone enjoying affordable, speedy meals in large brasserie style spaces - this trend is certainly making a big comeback in Paris with addresses like Bouillon Pigalle, Bouillon Julien and now Bouillon Chartier (the sequel)! We have to say we're all for it!
The New Bouillon Chartier - 59 bd du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris
The Original Bouillon Chartier - 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
Bouillon Pigalle - 22 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018
Bouillon Julien - 16 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010