I cannot get enough of Phil Euell and Chef Eseu Lee’s stripped down import-export shop. It is one of the most exciting places to eat & drink in Paris right now for Lee’s Asian-inspired sharing plates & natural wine. Every time I go, mind, blown.
Looking for the best wine bars and restaurants in Paris or want to know where the chefs are eating? Food writer Wendy Lyn is on top of the city’s food scene from eating through it for the last twenty years and gets you to where you want to eat and drink, right now.
Join her as she takes you away from the tourist-heavy city centre and ventures into vibrant residential neighbourhoods where you’ll discover a new modern Paris full of buzzy hip small plate natural wine bars and upscale casual restaurants that pride themselves on the freshest highest-quality seasonal food and drink.
While you won’t find anything formal or fancy here, you will find everything from great steak-frites, oysters and baller sandwiches to outdoor food markets and bakeries to award-winning cocktail bars and wine shops where you can drink and buy natural wine.
Caves à manger are fun little wine shops that serve small sharing plates with their wine. They are popular with Parisians as places to socialise during apero (short for aperitif) from 6-8:30pm before and (often) after dinner.
Because you aren’t interested in every place to eat, only the places to eat, right now… these are my top picks / short list in each of Paris’ arrondissements.
where to EAT & DRINK RIGHT NOW in Paris
Septime’s chic seafood bar is WILDLY popular – join the lively crowd sharing shellfish towers, tapas, small plates, natural wine, and craft beer & cocktails. Products are so fresh that the menu changes every single day.
Grab your friends, pull up a bar stool and pop the corks at Michael Grosman’s fun natural wine bar inside the Marais’ Marché des Enfants Rouges – the popular all day hangout for drinking and eating delicious tapas & sharing plates by Chef Masahide Ikuta.
Sisters Tatiana & Katia Levha’s brand new restaurant on the same street of their popular Le Servan is literally as hot as it gets – taking its sweet & spicy cues from their backgrounds in Manila, Hong Kong, Thailand & France.
Bertrand Grebaut & Théo Pourriat’s casual little charmer is also a World’s Best 50 and a 1-star Michelin restaurant, which makes it one of Paris’ toughest rez. The set menus highlight seasonal products and the natural wine list is extraordinary.
Lucas Baur de Campos & Ninon Leconte’s rustic little spot is a local favorite for tapas like roasted chicken (Sundays only), smoked beef croquettes with chili sauce, followed by family-style platters of grilled beef bone marrow dripping jus into pureed potatoes and generous cuts of red meat & natural wine.
Even after 20 years, Bertrand Auboyneau’s classic bistrot is world-renowned for its rustic French comfort food like eggs & black truffle shavings, peppery filet mignon in Cognac butter cream sauce, house made frites, cheese platters, soufflés & bottles of natural wine. It is literally, my favorite place to eat in the world.
“Top Chef” Romain Tischenko’s cave a manger is extremely popular with the food & wine industry, especially on Sunday night – who eat & drink standing at the bar grazing on small plates and bottles of natural wine. If you like what you are drinking, definitely buy it to go, it may be the only place you’ll find it.
what to know BEFORE YOU GO
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The best meals will be found away from the city centre in unassuming locales, across bridges or tucked away in narrow grafitti-filled alleys – which are vibrant, lively and full of character.
Either you love them or are scared of them – either way, this is the one reason why you shouldn’t shy away from eating a restaurant that has them on the menu.
where to STAY & SHOP
Septime’s Chef-Owners Bertrand Great and Theo Pourriat have taken over a gorgeous country house hotel & restaurant in Normandy. Not only is getting here is half the fun – it takes my breath away.
Instagram stars USA & Ireland-born Amanda & Louis are making INSANELY delicious and decadent hand-crafted doughnuts 100% from scratch. Just for the record, I’m not a “sweet” person… but when they’ve got “boozy” hot beer and whiskey, they have my attention.
Camille Fourmont transformed this little vintage dairy shop on a sleepy street into a cult wine bar-shop that draws industry folk from all over the world who meet here for delicious tapas plates & bottles.
37 Quai de Valmy, Paris, FranceRead More
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D'une Ile, L'Aunay, Rémalard, FranceRead More
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Marché Bastille, Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, Paris, FranceRead More