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La Belle Hortense

#3,266 of 15,040 Restaurants in Paris
$$ - $$$French,
31, rue Vielle du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good44%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
16 Mar 2018
“If you have only one evening in the Marais...”
22 Jan 2018
“Bar? Bookstore?”
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French, Wine Bar
$$ - $$$
31, rue Vielle du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

I cannot guarantee that you will go to Hortense and meet a mysterious Australian rock star who will talk about his late friend Charles Bukowski and end up sharing 300 Euro bottles of wine with you and your spouse. Or get to listen as a...More

2  Thank Frank F
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Why no one has thought of combining a bookstore and bar is a mystery, but here one is...delightful place to imbibe and linger over a glass of calvados and a good book.

Thank MWitz
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

...he would have probably hang out here a few times. Very small place but great choice of wines and a very peculiar fauna of people with whom you can discuss, argue or criticize secretly. Don't come here for food, books are what will nurture your...More

1  Thank cloe m
Reviewed 29 June 2017

A beautiful bar in a great area with excellent bar staff and cocktails. Came here late night almost around closing and the bartender was friendly and let us enjoy our cocktails while he closed up. Very enjoyable experience.

Thank Deena F
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful neighborhood locale in the 4th. Bar cum bookshop, it's a veritable Parisian leftist hangout. Great bar. Many drinks on offer. Great crowd, great vibe. I am becoming a regular. Go visit!

Thank Hristijan G
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Came here on recommendation from a local regular and ended up staying until chucking out time. Very friendly local characters and a great selection of wines in a shabby chic book shop. You can't feel much more Parisian.

Thank bignorm_qc
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Happened upon this bar/bookshop when we were out in Le Marais. As we walked in it become clear there were lots of people who knew each other but they soon welcomed us in. There were many characters in there who filled us in on their...More

1  Thank Charlotte C
Reviewed 25 March 2017

La Belle Hortense combines a bar, bookshop and restaurant, which I find appealing, but the food is the equivalent of a second rate novel. I ate the bœuf bourguignon and, while the beef was tender, the sauce was sharp, suggesting that it had not been...More

Thank Padraig l
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This is a really cool bar. The staff and locals are super nice and very tolerant of my rubbish French. Nice food. I met a very rough toxic Irish woman who was truly horrible. She was probably drunk. Unfortunate but not their fault. Sad for...More

Thank Kate B
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This bar is such a cool place to have a pre dinner wine or beer or post dinner cognac. It's cosy and kooky with a great vibe in a lively area of Paris. The library in the bar and art out back add to the...More

Thank 701David
Le Marais
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boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional
restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner,
you'll come across little gems of architecture
spanning the centuries, from understated medieval
towers to classical libraries and 17th century
splendour. This neighbourhood unites a rich mix of
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12 November 2016|
Response from 701David | Reviewed this property |
Around 11 pm. They actually get the food from the restaurant around the corner.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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French, Wine Bar
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
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Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31, rue Vielle du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Le Marais
  • Neighbourhood: Le Marais
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