Petit fer a Cheval

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrShare on Reddit

Petit fer a Cheval

paris bars cafe restaurant petit fer a cheval marais paris

 

This Parisian zinc bar is my all time favourite in Paris.

The food is wonderful, the staff are friendly and it has a great vibe.

If you are looking for the quintessential Parisian bar … this is it, but please don’t tell everyone!

The ancient zinc bar takes its name; Petit fer a Cheval – the little horse shoe from its tiny horse-shoe shaped bar.

Nestled in the heart of the Marais around the corner from Musée Carnavalet, Musée Picasso and Musée Cognacq-Jay and a short stroll from Place des Vosges.  It makes for a great spot to stop for a coffee, lunch, dinner or a glass of wine.

 

With the marble bar at it’s heart, large mirrors dominating the tiled walls, an old converted absinthe pourer which now acts as a water fountain, former timber metro benches that fill the small restaurant area out the back, all of this adds to the charm of this tiny but popular bar and café frequented by the locals.

Secure a spot at the bar and ask what the plat du jour is (dish of the day) it will be something traditional yet simple, delicious and inexpensive or choose from the chalk board menu.

Wine is served by the glass, by the bottle or in a ‘pichet’ a small jug or carafe.

petit fer a cheval marais paris zinc bar
paris bar cafe restaurant marais
paris bar cafe marais petit fer a cheval

Expect to see on the menu confit of duck, filet mignon, steak tartare, a wonderful goats cheese salad, a selection of cold meats and a simple yet delicious dessert menu.

Although their Tarte Tatin will have you talking about it long after you have left the tiny bar.

Order a hot chocolate drink and you will get the real deal; a ‘chocolat chaud à l’ancienne’.

What is all the excitement about?

This is a traditional Parisian hot chocolate drink.  Melted chocolate, smeared around the inside of a cup and served with a steaming hot jug of milk to add as you wish.  Simply delicious!

 

In the evening you can either pop in for a plate of cold meats and a glass of wine.

Better still stay for dinner you can eat at the tiny bar, on the street, or out the back in the restaurant area.

Be sure to either get there before the crowds or book ahead.   It is popular and small, so don’t be disappointed.

Later in the evening the bar comes alive, staying open until 2am.

If you have found this information useful or interesting, please leave a comment or follow me here on facebook for daily tips, photos and anecdotes. Your feedback encourages me to keep this site up to date.  Merci!

petit fer a cheval marais paris

Paris Adèle’s Information Nécessaire:

Au Petit Fer à Cheval
30, rue Vieille du Temple
75004 Paris

01 42 72 47 47

Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday
7am – 2am

Nearest Metro:
Saint Paul or Hotel de Ville

Reservations :
Recommended if you want to sit out the back, it is small and can get busy.

Places to Explore Nearby :

  • Bastille Markets
    Bastille Markets
    The Bastille Markets are everything you could hope for in a typical Parisian Market; vibrant, colourful, delicious and intoxicating.
  • Clown Bar
    Clown Bar
    Tucked away in the high Marais you will find this sweet little belle époque zinc bar with painted glass ceilings, wall tiles depicting clowns frolicking around and good food.
  • Maison de Victor Hugo
    Maison de Victor Hugo
    Nestled in a corner of Place des Vosges, is the former home of famous author of the Hunchback of Notre Dame; Victor Hugo.
  • Musée Cognacq-Jay
    Musée Cognacq-Jay
    This stunning home of Samaritaine Department store founder, Ernest Cognacq-Jay and his wife Marie-Louise Jay, includes Fragonard, Rembrandt, Cézanne ...
  • Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
    Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
    This wonderfully, quirky, informative, interactive museum, doesn't take itself too seriously. Exploring the history of hunting.
  • Musée Carnavalet
    Musée Carnavalet
    Located in the heart of the Marais, this museum is dedicated to the history of Paris. Boasting 600,000 pieces, ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries.
You Might Also Like :FoodFood Markets
  • Bastille Markets
    Bastille Markets
    The Bastille Markets are everything you could hope for in a typical Parisian Market; vibrant, colourful, delicious and intoxicating.
  • Marché d’Aligre
    Marché d’Aligre
    This small ancient and charming undercover, neighbourhood market which is full of friendly vendors and a sumptuous array of food also has a small flea market outside.
  • Petit Fer a Cheval
    Petit Fer a Cheval
    This charming, historic bar in the 4th arrondissement and the heart of the Marais, is my all time favourite. Great food, full of character and friendly staff.
  • Clown Bar
    Clown Bar
    Tucked away in the high Marais you will find this sweet little belle époque zinc bar with painted glass ceilings, wall tiles depicting clowns frolicking around and good food.
  • L’Hotel du Nord
    L’Hotel du Nord
    Leaving Canal St Martin, and entering through red velvet drapes, you will discover a zinc bar, black and white flagged flooring and tiled murals on the walls.
  • Ambassade d’Auvergne
    Ambassade d’Auvergne
    Mashed potatoes whipped into a silken white purée, delivered to the table and spectacularly stretched, as high as the arm will go.
  • Le Train Bleu
    Le Train Bleu
    This wonderful bustling restaurant, located in the Parisian train station, Gare de Lyon, is nothing short of spectacular, frescos, sculptures, banquette seating ...
  • Chez Gladines
    Chez Gladines
    A bright cheery & inexpensive Basque café with red & white checkered tablecloths, friendly staff, good hearty food and a bustling atmosphere.
  • Dinner with Jim Haynes
    Dinner with Jim Haynes
    If you are looking for a unique experience and fancy the idea of having dinner in a private home in Paris ...
  • Galeries Lafayette Paris
    Galeries Lafayette Paris
    With its magnificent stained glass cupola, adorning 7 storeys of fashion and luxury goods, this is shopping seduction at its best.
  • Merci
    Merci
    Sitting at the end of a cobbled lane-way, is a tiny red car with the number plate; Merci. You have just arrived at the stylish and innovative concept store.
  • Le Cordon Bleu
    Le Cordon Bleu
    Slip on the starched white apron, ensure you shout oui chef and be prepared to be taken on a culinary experience in this world famous institution.
  • Bouillon Chartier
    Bouillon Chartier
    If only these walls could talk, you would learn about 100 years of food, laughter and romance. Take a journey back in time, in the famous, historically listed dining room.
  • La Cuisine Paris
    La Cuisine Paris
    I was assigned a small chicken to de-bone, all the while, learning knife and chopping techniques.
  • La Contrescarpe
    La Contrescarpe
    Cozy nooks, comfy leather lounge chairs, timber floors and books tucked into alcoves, in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere with delicious and very affordable food.
  • Le Cochon à l’Oreille
    Le Cochon à l’Oreille
    A friendly welcome and good food is what to expect in this gorgeous tiny ancient cafe with six tables, a zinc bar, tiled murals adorning the walls. An absolute treat.
  • Au Rendez-vous de la Marine
    Au Rendez-vous de la Marine
    This unpretentious little gem, tucked away from the usual tourist circuit in the 19th, is extremely friendly and dishes up hearty, inexpensive traditional food.
  • Pain de Sucre Paris
    Pain de Sucre Paris
    If you find yourself wandering around the Marais, I encourage you to visit Pain de Sucre Paris. I doubt that you will resist leaving empty handed. This is take away food, Parisian style.
  • Jardin des Tuileries
    Jardin des Tuileries
    The Tuileries history unfolds like a terrific saga. Once home to a Palace, Kings and Queens, a riding school, menagerie, hunting, fire and massacre.
  • Musée Jacquemart-André
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    I love poking around former residences of the bourgeois and Musée Jacquemart-Andre is one of the finest you will see in Paris.
  • Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine
    Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine
    Lurking deep in the cellars of L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine is one of Paris' best kept secrets, Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine.
  • Musée d’Orsay
    Musée d’Orsay
    The former railway station, sitting on the left bank of the Seine, has the largest collection of impressionist and post impressionist art in the world.
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrShare on Reddit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.