Les Associés restaurant is a terrific stop for a no-frills French lunch or dinner in the trendy Marais area of central Paris, just across the street from the Arsenal on Boulevard de la Bastille. Bright red banquettes give a cheeriness that’s matched by the service and Les Associés’ young crowd, many of them university students. The literary evenings in the book-lined Library Room every Thursday are particularly popular. Familiar French classics dominate the menu, saving you the need to think hard before knowing what you want. Every Friday at 10pm the live band starts, playing songs which usually get the happy crowd singing along – Les Associés really is great fun.