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.
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.
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.
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.
where to EAT & DRINK RIGHT NOW in Paris
What a special find in PARIS. Selfishly, I don’t want to tell you about it, but I HAVE to. French ingredients, Italian family recipes from Elba Island by Chef Gabriel Muti.
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.
Bertrand Auboyneau’s classic bistrot is still on the “must eat” list even after 21 years, and 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.
Chef-Owner-Sisters Tatiana & 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.
Brittany native’s Gwen Cadoret’s classy bistrot is the place for fresh seafood towers, oysters, shrimp, sea snails, fish, and lobster which are sourced directly from her family’s oyster farm & region. Add bottles of natural wine from sister resto Bistrot Paul Bert’s cellar next door and you’ve got a perfect afternoon in the making.
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.
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.
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
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Marché Bastille, Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, Paris, FranceRead More