Au Pied de Cochon restaurant in Paris

The Au Pied de Cochon is open 24/7 365 days of the year, and has become one of the famous restaurants in Paris that has never closed its doors in over 65 years and still serves traditional French cuisine with its specialities such as pigs trotters, oysters and the renowned cheesy onion soup.

About Au Pied de Cochon Restaurant

This is one of the very few restaurants that never closes its doors, as it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and as you will discover from the history of the Au Pied de Cochon, it was the first ever restaurant in Paris to obtain a licence to do this.
Au Pied de Cochon Paris
And since 1947, this famous and historical restaurant has never closed, yet still provides the same authentic and friendly feel as it did all those years ago, that retains its traditions but combines a sort of modernity, which attracts people from all over the world to this legendary establishment.

From politicians and artists that have made this restaurant their regular haunt, through to famous worldwide celebrities that dine here, it is an ideal meeting place, which has a friendly and warm atmosphere, with its typical Paris brasserie style decor of red wall seats and decorative gilding.

There are also two summer terraces that are appreciated by many people during the warmer months, however, as well as eating in, there are always the options of being able to take away certain dishes and delights like some of their seafood platters and shellfish that has become another speciality on top of the pork dishes available.

Cuisine at the Pied de Cochon

And so, we will now take a look at the unusual, yet famous French cuisine of the Au Pied de Cochon that still serves up the same traditional specialities like the pork dishes that made it so popular.

You will find traditional French cuisine served at this restaurant with one of their specialities being the onion soup topped with cheese at a cost of €8.50 as of 2013 that can be just as it is or enjoyed as a starter.  Seafood and shellfish are also very popular and play heavily on the menu for takeaway as well as eat in options.

Yet the most famous specialities of the Au Pied de Cochon are the Plats Canailles or pork dishes such as the Pigs trotter grilled with bearnaise sauce and served with French fries at a cost of €19.50 as of 2013 or the breaded pigs tail, ear, snout and trotter with bearnaise sauce.
Au Pied de Cochon meat
Au Pied de Cochon bar
Other specialities include calfs kidney flambeed with Cognac accompanied by fondant potatoes or grilled gilthead bream with finely sliced fennel in an orange sauce, not forgetting the sundae called La Vie en rose named after Edith Piaf, or other desserts such as the crepes flambeed in Grand Marnier.

Oysters from No1 to No3 are available along with many different choices of shellfish such as whelks, crab, prawns etc, yet there are also platters, which are renowned for their freshness and can be eaten in or taken away.

In fact, each year, just like for the summer season of 2013, you can experience one of their special seafood platters with the tender flesh and tasty shellfish on offer that includes a half Canadian lobster, half crab, a spider crab, langoustines, prawns and shrimps, which is around €58 per person.
Au Pied de Cochon seafood
However, you can still opt for other delights such as beef rump steak, a rib-eye steak, pot roasted Canadian lobster, pork chops with potato gratin, grilled Scottish salmon and much more.

And to give you an idea of costs, as of 2013 a starter and main course ranges from around €28 up to around €54 and the seafood platters start from €28, yet there is also a dedicated childrens menu for ages 12 and under that includes a main course, dessert and drink for only €8.

But in addition to these the Au Pied de Cochon provides a daily special, a breakfast special for only €6 as of 2013 and many other delights we have not mentioned, so this is definitely a place worth putting on your places to visit whilst on holiday in Paris, no matter what time of day you are in the area.

Visiting Au Pied de Cochon Restaurant in Paris

Now as we have mentioned before, this restaurant is open every single day of the year right the way through and never closes, so it does not matter whether you have been to the theatre or a night club in Paris, visiting tourist attractions in the area, or just want somewhere entirely different to go, you will never find it closed.
Au Pied de Cochon decor
Au Pied de Cochon cuisine
And being located in the 1st Arrondissement only a short walk from the Rue de Rivoli, it is close to many different tourist attractions such as the Musee du Louvre and the decorative arts museums like the Musee de la Mode et du textile, the Theatre du Chatelet, the Chacha Club, the River Seine and many more.

Now when the public transport in Paris is running, the nearest metro stations to the Au Pied de Cochon restaurant are the Les Halles stop via line 4 or the Louvre - Rivoli stop serving line 1, however, if you are utilising the RER trains, then you would need the Chatelet Les Halles stop via lines A, B or D, which also serves Metro lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14.

Yet for those of you who do have your own vehicle, then you will be pleased to know that there is car parking at the Eglise Saint-Eustace Church, which is completely free for two hours for patrons of the restaurant.