Award-winning screenwriter Alex Billington likes the bad Eighties music and bohemian vibe at the charming Chez Jeanette.

As far as bistros and cafes go, Paris is infamous for either super chic, or at the opposite end of the Parisian spectrum; smoke filled working men’s tabacs, rather than for hipper cafes. But if it’s the latter you want, then Chez Jeannette, an old little place in the 10th arrondissement, offers a warm, relaxed and Bohemian atmosphere with friendly staff, great food and drinks (try the cocktails) and a memorable music mix. The last time I was here they played big-hairy 80s rock tracks, including the so-bad-it’s-good Eye Of The Tiger… mix that up with a little Edith Piaf or The XX and you get the vibe going on here.

Chez Jeannette dates back to around 1900 (there are some great photos on the website) and the faded, peeling and decadently Parisian decor that reminds you that in Paris, older is always better. The clientele range from their 20s to their 40s and tend to be artsy, if now downright cool.

For a meal with drinks, Chez Jeannette is cheap to mid-range. Our group managed to drink twelve pitchers of wine. Our panic at a huge bill was completely unfounded – so to celebrate we ordered another few rounds. It was a Tuesday night and the place was packed with colourful people. A brilliant night is always to be had at Chez Jeanette.

Chez Jeannette, 47 Rue du Faubourg Sain Denis, Paris, 75010
Website www.chezjeannette.com

Photo: courtesy of www.chezjeannette.com