This Paris visit may sound like a Brasserie visit, but what else can you do on a cold and rainy Christmas Day but have a good lunch!

Brasserie Flo is situated in a secluded cobbled street in the salubrious Saint-Denis area. When Madame suggested a ‘walk to lunch’, it was corrected instantly to Uber.

Flo is French, French, French. not on the tourist schedule and the interior has not been changed much in the last 100 years – and some of the waiting staff look about that age too. However, food and service is superb.

The Flo organ

Rated no1 of the Top 10 Brasseries by Timeout magazine:

This is what they have to say:

Tucked away almost entirely out of sight on a paved courtyard off the Rue Faubourg Saint-Denis, chic restaurant, Brasserie Flo, is well worth hunting down. Here, under a shielding porch, you’ll find a world in which time has stood still. It comes as something of a surprise to find that Brasserie Flo is much less inspired by Parisian brasseries of years gone by than by the beer hall of the Alsace region, but for many years its interesting and beautiful combination of French and German dishes has delighted diners and drinkers. Equally surprising perhaps is Brasserie Flo’s very modern menu which seeks out the best international combinations to produce a creative selection of dishes with just a hint of classicism.

A quaint tradition is that any patron having a birthday is serenaded by an old barrel organ hidden inside a dark wood cabinet. Unfortunately, this time no one was having a birthday – except the obvious and He was not recognised.

a ‘sneaked’ pic – this is how the French like their Christmas -a platter piled high with sea food.

Interior of Flo.

A short taxi trip home; a nap and then some sights and sounds:

One of our favourite Paris vistas – Place de Concorde with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Dominating a corner of the Concore is the Hotel de Crillon – suitably decorated for Christmas and pricy too!

 

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