It’s hard to decide how to spend your time in Paris, France. After you land at Charles de Gaulle you could opt to take a bite out of the decadent white truffle and roasted Piemont hazelnut slivers macaron at Pierre Hermé or maybe you want to spend your first night in a hotel that was once a former boulangerie (French bread shop). The options are endless, but there are only a few places that remain open round the clock every day which is part of the reason Au Pied de Cochon is the perfect pit stop for jet lagged travelers.
Au Pied de Cochon is a stalwart of the Parisian dining scene located in Les Halles, not far from Centre Pompidou.
The French bistro has been in existence for more than 70 years.
You’ll find attentive waiters dressed in formal attire whizzing about serving delicious classic French dishes like foie gras, French onion soup (soupe à l’oignon gratinée) and frogs’ legs (cuisse de grenouille).
A word to the wise, Au Pied de Cochon is the perfect place for foodies and adventurous eaters, but if you aren’t a fan of heads or feet attached to your dish, you may want to opt for dishes you’re familiar with.
The house dish is a number of variations on, what else, pig’s foot (pied de couchon grillé).
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You can snag a fatty pig paw smothered in Bernaise sauce or even have it stuffed (facri façon Périgourdine) with potatoes and mushrooms.
The way we see it offal (the parts of animals you won’t usually find for sale in an American grocery store like entrails, feet and internal organs) shouldn’t be cast away.
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We’re fans of making use of the full animal rather than letting it go to waste, but we also understand that some European traditions can be hard for Americans to stomach which is why we’re mentioning it.
We aren’t judging (clearly we’re fans of jamón cones and fresh Ibérian ham), but after watching a number of our table neighbors send their pig’s feet back because they couldn’t bear bite into it, we thought it best to mention this to you dear reader in hopes that you don’t order something unfamiliar and send it back because it isn’t a fit with your palate.
We loved every dish we tried at Au Pied de Cochon from the mussels (moules) to the scallops (noix de Saint Jacques) and the sea bream (daurade royale). Our absolute favorite part of the meal though was the dessert.
The pig cake (vacherin du pied de cochon) is as adorable as it is tasty and every meal ends with a pig shaped meringue for each guest. Needless to say there are a lot of smiling children and adults at the end of each meal at Au Pied de Cochon.
If you’re on the hunt for a classic taste of Paris, Au Pied de Cochon is the type of place you look forward to visiting time and time again. We hope this Parisian gem remains open both day and night, for many more decades to come.
Au Pied de Cochon
Address: 6 Rue Coquillière
75001 Paris, France
Hours: Open 24 Hours, Seven Days Per Week
Phone: +33 1 40 13 77 00
Pricing (All in Euros): Pig Foot Dishes €22.00 to €26.50, Pig Head €28.00, Oysters and Crustaceans €8.00 to €30.50, Entrées €9.00 to €21.50, Meat Dishes €22.50 to €89.00, Fish Plates €20.00 to €41.00, Salads and Tartare €17.50 to €26.50, Desserts €9.00 to €10.50