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

Septime-La-Cave-Paris

Restaurants Open On New Year’s Eve/New Year

It is thrilling to ring in the New Year in Paris, but finding a great place that is open with fresh food & wine, not so easy. Here are my top picks for you to either go out in a classic bistrot, a TOP CHEF finalist’s hot new cocktail bar & restaurant or to stay in.

where to EAT & DRINK RIGHT NOW in Paris

Maison Sota Paris

Maison by Sota Atsumi

New Opening! After two years of waiting, we are thrilled that Chef Sota Atsumi (ex Clown Bar) has finally opened his doors in his “house” for lunch and dinner.

cheval d'or Paris restaurant

Cheval d’Or

NEW OPENING! Industry darling Taku Sekine’s beautiful new French-Asian restaurant is the talk of the town. On opening night the house was packed with devoted friends, family & fans sharing everything on the menu.

Marche Enfants Rouges

Les Enfants Du Marché

HOT TABLE. Michael Grosman turned a tourist market stand into a wildly popular all-day natural wine bar restaurant with gorgeous food by Chef Masa Ikuta.

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.

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Le Saint Sebastien

We (Paris food industry who work nights) have been waiting MONTHS for the beautiful new Le Saint Sebastien to FINALLY open Thursday & Friday lunch so we can go.

Aux Deux Amis

It’s standing room-only at David Loyola’s unassuming rock & roll natural wine bar for tapas nights with 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.

Mokonuts Cafe Paris

Mokonuts

What Omar & Moko started as a simple neighborhood bakery & café, now has a devoted following of locals and international chefs who pack into the tiny room to see them, eat the fresh market menu, overdo it on her freshly baked cookies and drink delicious natural wines.

what to know BEFORE YOU GO

French Holidays

Know The French Holidays That Means Restaurants Are Closed

You’ve booked a trip to Paris only to discover that all the restaurants are closed? The struggle is real – especially in May, August and well, all dates in-between. It is a way of life for an entire country… the idea that people are not living to work, but working so they can “live.”

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

Maison by Sota Atsumi

Restaurant

3 Rue Saint-Hubert, Paris, France

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Cheval d’Or

Restaurant

21 Rue de la Villette, Paris, France

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Les Enfants Du Marché

Restaurant

39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France

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Septime

Restaurant

80 Rue de Charonne, Paris, France

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Le Saint Sebastien

Restaurant

42 Rue Saint-Sébastien, Paris, France

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Aux Deux Amis

Restaurant

45 Rue Oberkampf, Paris, France

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Mokonuts

Restaurant

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

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Bistrot Paul Bert

Restaurant

18 Rue Paul Bert, Paris, France

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Le Servan

Restaurant

32 Rue Saint-Maur, Paris, France

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L’Ecailler du Bistrot

Restaurant

20 Rue Paul Bert, Paris, France

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Brutos

Restaurant

5 Rue du Général Renault, Paris, France

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Uncino

Restaurant

31 Rue la Bruyère, Paris, France

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Clamato

Restaurant

80 Rue de Charonne, Paris, France

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Double Dragon

Restaurant

57 Rue Saint-Maur, Paris, France

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Import Export C.A.M.

Restaurant

55 Rue au Maire, 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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Le Mary Celeste

Restaurant

1 Rue Commines, 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 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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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 – CLOSED

Restaurant

17 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 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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