Philippe Damas is the owner behind this classic and simple restaurant. He is the creative force behind the dishes and also the guy who takes your coat at the door. His presence everywhere in the restaurant for me says ‘independent and personal’ from the moment you cross the threshold.

Philou is a typical French néo-bistro situated behind the banks of the Canal St. Martin, serving an eclectic menu. The restaurant is not at all pretentious, but operates on a strict booking system due to its popularity. So if you want a table, you MUST book.

Scribbled on two enormous, wall-covering blackboards, the menu itself adds to the décor of the interior, whilst conveniently giving every customer an equal eyeful of the starters, mains and desserts. The food is a delicate mix of French fusion in good-sized portions. Depending on your appetite you may want to operate off the two or three course set ‘formule’ (set-menu). My one tip: make sure you have a dessert. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, make sure you have a Philou dessert.

I’d describe the atmosphere in the restaurant as relaxed, made so by the laid-back but elegant Parisian clientele. For your sunnier days in the French capital, the outside terrace is perfect to test out their wine list, with additional windshields making it perfect for chillier times too. In summary, Philou bistro is classic, contemporary and has culinary charisma.

12 Avenue Richerand
75010 Paris
+33 1 42 38 00 13