Le belle Hortense
  • 02
  • Jul
  • 2009

For a digestif, join the assorted intellectuals crowding the classic zinc bar at La Belle Hortense (31, rue Vieille-du-temple), a cozy Old-World style wine bar.

Straight and gay, leather-bound and tweed-wrapped, thte crowd swirls wines by the glass and chats animatedly about highfalutin topics.

The place is also a bookstore, stacked with high with centuries of French and international literature. The back lounge, which has rotating art exhibitions, is the perfect spot to sip some hearty red wine and bone up on everything from Anouilh to Zola.

La belle Hortense, 31, Rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75003 Paris, M° Saint Paul, Hôtel de Ville


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