The Belle Époque era is bookended by the tail end of the 19th century and World War I. The ambiance at Chartier is the epitome of Belle Époque styling. We arrived early for dinner as the restaurant is popular with tourists and people are willing to queue for a chance to eat here. At 5 pm, we were able to walk right in.
A bottle of French red did the trick.
A sort of puff pastry covered in custard cream passed for dessert.
My favorite part of the meal was watching the waiters tally up the bill on the paper tablecloths.
Even more impressive than the math skills required was their ability to read their own very poor handwriting!
We passed a long queue on the way out of Chartier. We certainly benefited from eating early when walking back to our hotel along Rue Hausmann. We turned our gaze down a side street toward Montmarte and saw the Sacré Coeur shining in the setting sun.