The Cafe du Marche is accessed down a narrow alley next to the Malmaison hotel

One of our favourite restaurants close to the Barbican, Le Café du Marché , has announced it is due to open on October 1st, but with a slightly limited service.  Tucked away off Chartherhouse Square in a tiny alley next to the Malmaison hotel, the restaurant is long established (over 30 years) and brings a small slice of authentic rural France to our area.  The restaurant noted its re-opening as follows:

“We have been very busy over the past month getting ready for our opening on the 1st October and are very excited to be seeing some of you soon! Our revised opening hours are based on Tuesdays to Fridays for lunch (12pm-2.30pm) & dinner (6pm-9pm).

Since there is still a degree of uncertainty around us, we have decided to operate on a demand basis for the first month, based on the bookings we receive. Unpopular lunch or dinner services may be closed at short notice; this will be reflected in advance online on Open Table. Bookings made in advance will not be affected and will be honoured.

For now we will not be using our usual menu books and instead will have menus printed with around five dishes per course. We are taking this opportunity to change and update our menu much more frequently (as opposed to monthly) based on the best seasonal ingredients and produce from our suppliers.

The wine list will be very similar to before, with a lovely selection of predominately French wines; the cellar is full of beautiful tipple ready to be drunk.”


If you want to see long-established restaurants like Le Café du Marché survive the pandemic they do need your custom.  It is hard to rival this restaurant’s ambience and French cuisine anywhere in London.

For our most recent review of this exceptional restaurant, click on Café du Marché – standing the test of time