The Russian Origins of French Bistros

The word "bistro" refers to a small, casual restaurant serving traditional French cuisine. Bistros are typically characterised by their cosy atmosphere, friendly service and affordable prices.

However, the origin of the word "bistro" is surprising. It was first used in France in the early 19th century, during the Napoleonic Wars. Russian soldiers were stationed in France at the time, and they often visited small, informal restaurants. They would shout "bystro!" to the waiters, meaning "hurry up!

The French people eventually adopted the word "bystro" and started using it to refer to any small, informal restaurant. The word was eventually changed to "bistro" to make it sound more French.