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. 

TOP PICKS

Import Export Cam Paris

Import Export C.A.M.

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.

Natural Wine Bars Paris

Best Caves à Manger for 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.

Best Paris Restaurants

Eat & Drink Paris by Neighborhood

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

Clamato Paris Wendy Lyn

Clamato

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.

Paris Restaurants

Les Enfants Du Marché

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.

Double Dragon Paris

New Opening: Double Dragon

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.

Septime Restaurant Paris Wendy Lyn

Septime

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.

steak frites

Brutos

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.

Bistrot Paul Bert

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. 

Natural Wine Bars Paris

La Cave A Michel

“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

Getting Around

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.

where to STAY & SHOP

Boneshaker doughnuts

Boneshaker

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.

La Buvette Paris Wendy Lyn

La Buvette Wine Bar

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. 

Paris Map

Clamato

Restaurant

80 Rue de Charonne, Paris, France

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Les Enfants Du Marché

Restaurant

39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France

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New Opening: Double Dragon

Restaurant

57 Rue Saint-Maur, Paris, France

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Septime

Restaurant

80 Rue de Charonne, Paris, France

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Import Export C.A.M.

Restaurant

55 Rue au Maire, Paris, France

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Brutos

Restaurant

5 Rue du Général Renault, Paris, France

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Bistrot Paul Bert

Restaurant

18 Rue Paul Bert, Paris, France

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La Cave A Michel

Restaurant

36 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010 Paris, France

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Le Verre Vole

Restaurant

67 rue de Lancry, Paris, France

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Sauvage

Restaurant

55 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris, France

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Septime’s New Country House Restaurant in Normandy: D’Une Ile

Drink, Stay, Shop

D'une Ile, L'Aunay, Rémalard, France

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Boneshaker

Drink, Stay, Shop

Boneshaker Doughnuts, Rue d'Aboukir, Paris, France

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Hero

Restaurant

289 Rue St Denis, Paris, France

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Le Mary Celeste

Restaurant

1 Rue Commines, Paris, France

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Aux Deux Amis

Restaurant

45 Rue Oberkampf, Paris, France

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Frenchie Wine Bar

Restaurant

5 Rue du Nil, Paris, France

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La Buvette Wine Bar

Drink, Stay, Shop

67 Rue Saint-Maur, Paris, France

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The Clown Bar

Restaurant

114 Rue Amelot, Paris, France

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Septime La Cave

Drink, Stay, Shop

3 Rue Basfroi, Paris, France

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Candelaria Cocktail Bar

Drink, Stay, Shop

52 Rue de Saintonge, Paris, France

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Laurent Dubois Fromager

Drink, Stay, Shop

47 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, France

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Du Pain et des Idées

Drink, Stay, Shop

34 Rue Yves Toudic, Paris, France

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Le Servan

Restaurant

32 Rue Saint-Maur, Paris, France

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Le Tagine

Restaurant

13 Rue de Crussol, Paris, France

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Bastille Market

Drink, Stay, Shop

Marché Bastille, Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, Paris, France

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Blé Sucré

Drink, Stay, Shop

7 Rue Antoine Vollon, Paris, France

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Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

Drink, Stay, Shop

23, avenue Junot, Pavillon D, paris

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Hotel Providence

Drink, Stay, Shop

90 Rue René Boulanger, Paris, France

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Mokonuts

Restaurant

Mokonuts Cafe and Bakery, Rue Saint-Bernard, Paris, France

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L’Avant Comptoir Wine Bar

Restaurant

9 Carrefour de l'Odéon, Paris, France

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Restaurant Frenchie

Restaurant

5 Rue du Nil, Paris, France

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L’Ami Jean

Restaurant

27 Rue Malar, Paris, France

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Le Baratin

Restaurant

3 Rue Jouye-Rouve, Paris, France

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Le Dauphin Wine Bar

Restaurant

131 Avenue Parmentier, Paris, France

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Saturne

Restaurant

17 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires, Paris, France

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L’Ecailler du Bistrot

Restaurant

20 Rue Paul Bert, Paris, France

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Faggio

Restaurant

72 Rue de Rochechouart, Paris, France

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Racines

Restaurant

8 passages des panorama paris

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Miznon

Restaurant

22 Rue des Ecouffes, Paris, France

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Frenchie’s To Go

Restaurant

9 Rue du Nil, Paris, France

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Restaurant AT

Restaurant

4 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, Paris, France

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Le Comptoir Bistrot & Restaurant

Restaurant

9 Carrefour de l'Odéon, Paris, France

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La Cave Du Paul Bert

Drink, Stay, Shop

16 Rue Paul Bert, Paris, France

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