We arrived in Paris hours before we could check into our hotel room. We were staying at the Hotel de l'Avre in the 15th and we were hungry. We walked down the street to the intersection of rue de L'Avre and rue de Grenelle and there before us was Le Floriale. Small, unpretentious and open, we walked in. Behind the bar stood the proprietor. At the end of the bar stood a Frenchman drinking beer. It was 6:30 in the morning, Sunday morning.
We ordered three cafe cremes. The proprietor/owner/waiter smiled and brought them to us hot and steaming. After relaxing with our coffees for a bit, we then ordered three croque monsieurs and three cokes.
The coffees at 4 euros each, the sodas at 3 euros each and the sandwiches at 4.60 euros each, all totaled the bill was 34.80 euros. The ambiance was priceless.
Five days later, we wandered into Le Florial again. This time it was about 11am, the same Frenchman was at the bar drinking a beer. What are the odds? Obviously, it was his local.
We ordered three sodas, this time they were 3.60 euros each; two ham and cheese sandwiches at 4.60 each and an assorted cheese plate at 6.80 euros and the bill totaled 26.80 euros.
Each time we visited we were the only ones eating there, but every other time we passed by there on our way somewhere it was overflowing with diners. The food is simple and filling, the atmosphere is traditional and the experience is exceptional.
Stop by if you find yourself in the 15th.
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