Don’t laugh at the name, this historic property was once the canteen for clowns who worked the circus next door. Today, Sven Chartier & Ewen Lemoigne’s Clown Bar is the hottest address in town for the inventive a la carte sharing plates and natural wine list.
Step away from the tourist-heavy city centre and follow me across bridges into vibrant neighbourhoods to find steak-frites, oysters, onion soup, hip small plate natural wine bars, modern casual restaurants run by young up-and-coming chefs, baller sandwiches, and outdoor food market. From the perfect boutique hotel, cocktail bar, croissant, aged cheese, charcuterie and where to buy bottles of natural wine – I’ve got your Paris bucket list sorted.
Because you aren’t interested in every place to eat, only the places to eat, right now.
Top Picks my favorite spots right now
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.
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.
where to Eat Right Now in Paris
Bertrand & Théo’s World’s Best 50 Restaurant is still a fun little charmer, but it is also still one of Paris’ toughest rez. The set menus highlight seasonal products, the natural wines are extraordinary, the staff are professional yet friendly.
I’m here at 4am with chef friends after work who can’t resist sharing a meal at an all-night brasserie with charcuterie, foie gras, onion soup, escargots, seafood towers, sole meunière, roasted chicken, cote de boeuf steaks, frites, and cheese platters. It is so magical, it is like being in a movie.
Chef-Owner-Sisters Tatiana (L’Astrance, L’Arpège) & Katia Levha’s pretty bistrot gets its culinary cues from their backgrounds in Manila, Hong Kong, Thailand & France. Think suckling pig, spicy Thai basil clams, and duck baked in brioche. A la carte tapas menus encourage sharing, and wines are all-natural.
Marie Jo’s pretty Moroccan restaurant may feel luxe, but it’s a casual oasis to lounge for hours eating family-style tagines, couscous, grilled merguez sausages dipped into Mont d’Or fondue and drinking bottles of natural wine.
Gregory Marchand’s lively wine bar across the street from Frenchie is on a walk-in basis and serves smaller portions of the flagship’s dishes. Diners drink wines, listen to fantastic playlists, socialize around communal farmhouse tables and watch the kitchen team at work.
Stéphane Jego’s unconventional high-energy restaurant by the Eiffel Tower is a perennial favorite for its gut-busting portions of nose-to-tail comfort food. Wear your fat pants. Jego’s mission is to feed you like nobody’s business…and you can’t say no to the rice pudding.
It’s standing room-only at David Loyola’s unassuming bistrot for the rock & roll tapas nights and lots of natural wine. The a la carte menu is not what you’d expect from the retro sports bar décor – the tiny kitchen prepares modern delicious plates for sharing.
where to Drink, Stay & Shop
When you need a taco & craft cocktail fix and want to hang out with cool people your age.
Master cheese ager Laurent Dubois has curated the best cheese makers in France in his shop & everything is cut to order. A visit here is like winning the cheese lottery. You can also pick up fresh eggs, farm yogurts, salted-butter, creme fraîche & even vacuum-sealed cheese to bring home with you in your luggage.
Internationally respected Artisan Baker Christophe Vasseur is known for his signature Pain des Amis wood-fired rectangular bread, fig tarts, savoury meat & cheese mini-pavés and, and, and, let’s talk about those sinful salted-butter chocolate-pistachio escargot buns?
News you can eat & People to know
Simone Tondo is back in the kitchen as the new chef of Racines, Owner David Lahner’s beloved little bistrot on the historic Passages de Panoramas. Expect a la carte bistro dishes, in an intimate family-style vibe. Natural wines too.
Miznon Paris (in South Marais) is opening a second Paris location on Canal St Martin as we speak – and their first in NYC at the Chelsea Market. More details to follow.
After 3 amazing years at The Clown Bar, Dec. 23 was Chef Atsumi Sota’s last service – he is opening his own place before summer. Look for him in the 11th on the rue St Hubert. Details to follow then.
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