12 rue de la Butte aux Cailles
Unlike many Parisian cafés, Le Mêlécasse Brasserie in the Buttes aux Cailles area of Paris’s 13th arrondissement was not made for people watching. In fact, as you’re sitting at a sidewalk table, you’ll hardly see a soul, save for a cyclist or two enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. But it’s the neighborhood’s quietude that draws so many for a meal at Le Mêlécasse, which serves French fare like onion soup, escargots, smoked salmon, and beef tartare. The restaurant is studded with cranberry and forest green two- and four-tops and lit by tasteful crystal chandeliers.