Dans mon quartier: The perfect apéro at l’Avant Comptoir

This very special place is a little out of my neighbourhood, about 10 minutes walking distance, but I’ve decided to feature it in “dans mon quartier” anyways. I also feel that no matter where you live during your stay in Paris, you should take the time to go.

L'Avant Comptoir, Paris, en facade

L’Avant Comptoir is no secret, in large part because it is owned by Yves Camdeborde, and is right next to his world-renowned and highly mediatised “Au Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain”. L’Avant Comptoir is the place for one to linger and rub elbows with strangers while nibbling on appetizers and sipping a few glasses of wine before heading for dinner – presumably next door au Comptoir.

L'avant comptoir, Paris, En facade

Don’t be mistaken, however, this apéro spot is no fancy place. It doesn’t have chairs to do people watching from the sidewalk, that oh so Parisian of pastimes. It’s tight, but in that great kitchen party type of way, a parallel universe that can – and probably will – suck you in for a few hours.

L'Avant Comptoir

By my standards it has every essential of a proper apéro: a welcoming feeling, excellent appetizers à partager, good wine, excited customers and knowing staff. You might have to squeeze past people to find a place, let alone a hook for your jacket under the counter. No matter how full it is though there always seems to be room for someone who is committed to being there.

L'Avant Comptoir, le menu au plafond

L'Avant Comptoir, the vibe

Menu options are hung on the ceiling, with most under 10$ and many under 5. Amongst my favourite entrées are the pork cheek, whose smoky taste and extreme fattiness make you feel like its meant to be part of some contest, and the warm and slightly crispy slice of black pudding served with warm pieces of caramelized cinnamon apples. Know that there is whole army of appetizers to choose from, and that I haven’t tried them all quite yet.

Le boudin de l'Avant Comptoir

Joue de porc de l'Avant Comptoir

If you too consider yourself an apostle of the sacred time of apéro, you’ll definitely thank me for this one… Unless you already knew about the place, in which case you’ll hate me for spreading the word.

L'Avant Comptoir, Le Bar à Hors d'Oeuvres

L'Avant Comptoir, breuvages

L’Avant Comptoir

3 Carrefour de l’Odeon, 75006 Paris

Open every day, no reservations, no phone.


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