This unconventional space is named after an unconventional 19th-century painter/sculptress. Yes, it’s a restaurant and tapas bar, but its also a sort of off-the-wall community center, hosting various expositions and events, and has its own chorus and soccer team. Located in an old buvette (refreshment pavilion) inside the Parc des Buttes Chaumont that dates from the Universal Exposition of 1900, the restaurant boasts a sprawling terrace and one of the best panoramic views in town. A huge crowd gathers to drink and nibble tapas outside, but the menu also features main dishes such as stuffed and grilled shrimp, lamb and carrot stew, and monkfish with sage sauce. The ambiance is relaxed and friendly, and coming here is a good excuse to stroll through the beautiful Buttes Chaumont park. That park, plus an indoor play area and kids’ menu, makes Rosa Bonheur a great family option.
- Margie Rynn