Paris Bistros Ask For UNESCO World Heritage Status

Typical Parisian bistros and cafes could join the UNESCO "intangible cultural heritage" list in 2020 after an association of owners, actors and other individuals launched a campaign to grant these establishments "protected" status.

For many tourists and French citizens, these Paris venues have always been an emblematic part of the city.

UNESCO recognition would help boost and perpetuate the bistro tradition by adding prestige to the establishments and identifying them clearly for tourists in guide books and on front windows.

A final version of the dossier will be submitted to the French ministry of culture in December where it will be examined for potential submission to UNESCO.