I love Le Siffleur de Ballons so much. It’s along the lines of a cosy little wine bar, but with huge windows that make it bright and seem more spacious than it is inside. The owner has been equally cheerful and friendly each time I’ve been. He’s happy to help you choose a bottle of wine, move tables around to fit you in and communicate in Franglais with visiting friends and relatives.
On a rainy Sunday, we went there for lunch and upon entering were warned that service might be slow because they were understaffed – in fact, the service was still some of the most friendly and attentive I’ve seen in Paris. Raindrops pitter-pattered against the steamed-up windows, and we ordered from a huge selection of wine, cheese and charcuterie sharing plates, soups and a range of croques.
A glass of wine is 3,5€ and sharing plates start from 7€. They’re open 10h30 – 15h and 17h30 – 23h Tuesday to Friday, and 10h30 – 23h on Saturdays.
You can find Le Siffleur de Ballons at 34, rue de Citeaux 75012.
– Joanna York