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.
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.
Holiday Guide: Where to find the best oysters, bistros, natural wine bars, craft cocktails, street food, Asian/Italian, fine dining & more during Dec. 26-30.
Dec. 24 & 25 are the quietest restaurant days of the year. Whether you go out or to stay in with platters of oysters, pizza & wine these are my top picks for fresh food & wine.
where to EAT & DRINK RIGHT NOW in Paris
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Don’t make the same mistakes these folks did when choosing a wine bar…
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.”
Why are three-quarters of the bakeries in France outsourcing frozen baked goods from factories? How do you find the “good” ones? Here’s your guide.
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.
Drink, Stay, Shop
D'une Ile, L'Aunay, Rémalard, FranceRead More
Drink, Stay, Shop
Marché Bastille, Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, Paris, FranceRead More