When I am asked by foodie travellers who want to know where to eat, right, now, this is where I send them. Up Next? 10 Paris Wine Bars not to be missed.
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.
Don’t laugh at the name, Sven Chartier & Ewen Lemoigne’s Clown Bar is one of the most sought after addresses in town for the inventive sharing plates and natural wine list. Chef Sota HAS left to open his own place, but he’s still family here, don’t let it keep you from going.
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.
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.
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.
This neighbourhood canteen is a favorite of the international food & wine family, who come for self-taught Raquel Carena’s affordable home cooking (think roasted bone marrow & toast, chicken fricassee, lamb couscous) & to drink through partner Pinouche’s impressive natural wine list.
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.
Chef Sven Chartier & Sommelier Ewen Lemoigne’s modern Michelin restaurant is a local favourite for the casual but refined atmosphere, modern/creative seasonal plates and extensive natural wine list.
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.
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.