Les Pères Populaires

Les Pères Populaires (Paris)

  • Date
  • share

For the past 13 years, Greg Back (the owner of La Vierge) has been drawing in the locals to Les Pères Pop’, a dilapidated spot with leather armchairs worn down to the bone, French school chairs, a vintage radio and TV. You can drink there until two in the morning or make the most of the prix-fixe lunch menu for 17 bucks, especially since Matt Robertson (ex-Auberge de Chassignoles and Le Garde-Champêtre, and currently the chef of La Vierge) has thrown his grain of salt into the kitchen. The day we went for lunch: a generous burrata scooped up with a loaf from Ten Belles Bread; very fresh mullet served with roasted tomato and butter beans; before an orgasmic chocolate and salted caramel tart, prepared by the house pastry chef Isabelle Auzou. At night, it’s all about tapas, baby: Bayonne ham, Kalamata olives, chicharrónes, Comté cake… // J.R.

FEELING THIRSTY? Boxed wines (a natural Tarn Mauzac from Laurent Cazottes at €2.40 a glass, a red from the Cave de Saint-Chinian at €2.70…), organic lager from Craig Allan (€6 for 330 ml) or a Deck and Donohue beer on tap (€2.90 for a half-pint).

PRICE: Menu €13.50 to €17 (lunch), tapas €2-9 (dinner).

Late-night munchies?

Le Fooding’s 2023 Guide is ready to dazzle with its brilliant selection of the year’s latest hotspots, including 500 restaurants, bars, bedrooms, shops and cellars across France; a highly-anticipated award’s list; and ever-more enlightening in-depth articles sprinkled throughout the extravagant, 228-page edition of the yearly magazine, illustrated by the crème de la crème of emerging artists.

2021 Le Fooding guide frontcover


Le Fooding is a print and digital guide to all the restaurants, chefs, bars, stylish hotels and B&Bs that make up the “taste of the times,” plus an annual awards list for new establishments across France, a series of gastronomic events, a tool that allow you to make reservations at some fantastic bistros, and an agency specialized in event planning, content production and consulting… In short, something to keep you on your toes at all times!

Fooding® is a registered trademark.