Everybody knows the french bistro, but very few
people know the art living of the french Guinguette. These taverns located along the banks of the rivers
mostly on open-air restaurants with dance-floor.
Guinguette (pronounced ‘gang-ETTE »)
exist since the end of the 18th century when parisians
went outside the city limits in order to avoid
tax (octroi) of incoming merchandise in Paris.
the word bistro, the origin of the word guinguette
is debated, but it is likely coming from the name
of a wine produced around Paris, the guiguet.
During the 19th and 20th century, the guinguettes
gathered working class, who came on sundays on
these riverside tavern along the banks of the
Marne or the
Seine river to enjoy simple meals and little wine
such as friture (fried whitebait). Thus, from
1850 to 1950, scores of them were to be found
along the banks of the Seine and especially along
the banks of the Marne river. After
lunch, people stand up to dance polka, waltz,
and of course « Valse Musette“ with
During the 50's, the rise of television almost
killed the Guinguette and so today few survive.
The Guinguette Auvergnate at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges
is one those last well alive.
It was created by Jean-Pierre Vic in 1995. Jean-Pierre
is a fourth-generation “Bougnat“,
Aveyron natives who used to come to Paris as wines
and coal merchants, and who eventually settled
there as café owners (bistrots).
Jean-Pierre runs a café near Saint-Germain
des Près, but he can no longer stand the
crowd of Paris. When he has discovered this Guinguette,
he immediatly purchased it.
enjoys giving pleasure to people. According to
him, happiness comes with a good air of accordion
(which he plays good) and a good food.
In his Guinguette Auvergnate, he manages to gather
all generations and to have fun. Grand parents
cousins, friends, children came to dance, la Guinguette
Auvergnate, according Annabel Simms, is a little
spot of paradise. Annabel author of « An
hour from Paris » a guide to 20 lesser-known
destinations reachable by train.
At la Guinguette Auvergnate, you will taste an
authentic cuisine from Auvergne and Aveyron regions.
The portions of aligot (mashed potatoes, garlic
and cheese) are generous, but there is also stuffed
cabbage, and many specialities, among them, the
calf's head of la Guinguette Auvergnate which
keeps connoisseurs coming. The dance and the music
of La Guinguette Auvergnate is perfect for the
av de Choisy
Tél : 01 43 89 04 64
Fax / 01 43 89 82 17
RER : Villeneuve-Triage (12 mn from Gare de Lyon
Menus from 12 to 18 €
Dancing lunch or dinner : from 35 to 45€
Open every day except on monday
from 11.30 AM to 18.00 PM and the evening from
19.00 PM to 2.00 AM
Reserve by email : firstname.lastname@example.org