A proper taste of France: wine, cheese and oysters

Around the corner from the place d’Aligre (and the best market in Paris) is the convivial wine-bar Le Baron Rouge. Lean on an old wine barrel and enjoy a plate of rich charcuterie: salami, ham and rillettes. Ask for a recommendation for the wine, as they really know their stuff. They sell bottles as well as wine by the litre from enormous barrels. Outside, there are crates of oysters from Normandy or Brittany cracked in front of you and served with brown bread and butter. (Also available to take away for a dinner party.)

Le Baron Rouge: 1 rue Théophile Roussel, 75012; metro Ledru-Rollin, line 8

Where next? Opera buff? It is often worth queuing outside the Opéra Bastille an hour before the performance for last minute, cheap tickets. Place de la Bastille, 75011; metro Bastille, lines 1, 5, 8

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