Paris: Le Rubis

A favourite bistro near Les Halles. I used to go there as a student for onion soup with a splash of cognac at 5 or 6 in the morning. One of the last traditional eateries near the great market now closed for many years. Still open 24 hours a day, with hot food at lunchtime and cold platters (cheese or cold cuts) in the evening. The boisterous current owner is the fourth since it opened in 1949, and maintains the tradition of bottling his own wine.