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Ratapoil du Faubourg

Practical information

Address: 72 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010
Nearest transport: Poissonnière (7)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Saturday lunch
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 46 30 53
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

Jérôme Berger (2014) “Pas d’assiettes “pouêt-pouêt” nostalgico-traditionalistes, mais des clins d’œil aux recettes ménagères, joliment “eyelinés”… Une cantine avenante.”

Emmanuel Rubin (2014) “Il y a là une heureuse construction de carte (à l’aise comme au tapas, inspiré comme au menu unique, ample comme au repas dégustation). Il y a surtout une cuisine rafraîchissante, appliquée dans ses sources (de vrais bons produits) et se creusant le ciboulot même si, ici ou là, avec quelques imprécisions, un peu essoufflée à tenir la distance.”

The Beast BBQ in Paris | Paris by Mouth

The Beast

Frenchman Thomas Abramowicz spent a year training in central Texas and tracking down everything he would need (meat, wood, Bourbon) to open the first authentic smokehouse in Paris. Beef is king here, in the form of slow and low smoked brisket and gigantic ribs, but barbecued chicken, baby back ribs and pulled pork also feature on the short menu. Vinegary cole slaw and steamed vegetables instead of baked beans or mac & cheese, but you can still expect to finish with pecan pie. Or just have another Bourbon – there are more than 50 to choose from – including impossible to find Pappy Van Winkle’s and a 22-year Elijah Craig – plus a handful of craft beers and natural red wines.

Practical information

Address: 27 rue Meslay, 75003
Nearest transport: République (3,5,8,9,11)
Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11:30-2:30pm and 7-11pm (Dinner only during the first week Oct 28-Nov 1)
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 07 81 02 99 77
Average price for lunch: €10-19
Average price for dinner: €10-19
Style of cuisine: American, Barbeque
Website   Facebook

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Our Guide to Paris Restaurants

Below are all of the restaurants in our listings, by location. To search these addresses by additional criteria such as price and style of cuisine, use the search tool in the sidebar.

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75001

À La Marguerite
Beef Club
Café des Abattoirs
Camélia
Fish Club
Issé
Juveniles
Kei
Kunitoraya
Kunitoraya 2
L’Ecume Saint Honoré
La Régalade Saint Honoré
La Dame de Pic
La Tour de Montlhéry – Chez Denise
Le Garde Robe
Le Meurice
Le Petit Vendôme
Le Rubis
Les Bistronomes
Les Fines Gueules
Lobster Bar
Macéo
Naritake
Olio Pane Vino
Pinxo
Pirouette 
Racines 2
Spring
Sur Mesure
Verjus
Verjus Bar à Vins
Willi’s Wine Bar
Yam’tcha

75002

Aux Lyonnais
Chez Georges
Coinstôt Vino
Drouant
Entre Deux Rives
Fée Nature
Floyd’s Bar & Grill
Frenchie
Frenchie Bar à Vins
Frenchie to Go 
Goust
Grillé
Gyoza Bar
Hokkaido
Il Campionissimo
Le Bistro Volnay
Legrand Filles et Fils
Les Jalles
Liza
MG Road
Passage 53
Racines
Rice & Fish
Saturne 
Terroir Parisien at the Palais Brongniart 

75003

Al Taglio
Bob’s Kitchen
Breizh Café
Café des Musées
Café Pinson
Candelaria
Chez Omar
Cuisine de Bar
Dessance
Glou
Grazie
Gyoza Bar 2
Happy Nouilles
La Briciola
L’Ami Louis
Le Mary Celeste 
Les Enfants Rouges
Nanashi 2
Pink Flamingo
Rachel’s
Rose Bakery

75004

Benoit
Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis
Chez Marianne
Claude Colliot
Icho
Isami
Jaja
L’Alimentari
L’Ambroisie
L’As du Falafel
Le Metropolitain
Le Sergent Recruteur
Maison David
Miznon
Mon Vieil Ami

75005

58 Qualité Street
Anahuacalli
Aux Verres de Contact
Café de la Nouvelle Mairie 
Christophe
Dans Les Landes
Desvouges
Itinéraires
La Tour d’Argent
Le Bistro des Gastronomes
Le Porte-Pot
Le Pre Verre
Le Ribouldingue
Lengué
Les Papilles
Les Pâtes Vivantes
Sola
Terroir Parisien 

75006

Allard
Bread & Roses
Café Trama
Cosi
Chez Marcel
Cuisine de Bar
Eggs & Co.
Fish – La Boissonnerie
Fogon
La Salle à Manger d’Hélène(Darroze)
Huîtrerie Régis
Josephine (Chez Dumonet)
Kitchen Galerie Bis
L’Atelier Vivanda
L’Avant Comptoir
L’Epi Dupin
La Cremerie
La Rotonde
Le 21
Le Chardenoux des Prés
Le Comptoir du Relais
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte
Le Timbre
Little Breizh
Moustache
Nanashi
Pizza Chic
Ralph’s
Semilla
Toyo
Yen
Ze Kitchen Galerie 

75007

Alain Milliat
Auguste
Bellota-Bellota
Bistrot Belhara
Café Constant
Chez l’Ami Jean
Coutume
FL
Gaya
Garance
Jean-François Piège
L’Arpège
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
La Ferme Saint-Simon
La Fontaine de Mars
La Laiterie Sainte-Clotilde
La Table d’Aki
Le Cinq Mars
Les Climats
Les Cocottes de Christian Constant
Les Fables de La Fontaine
Le Jules Verne
Lily Wang
Pottoka
Restaurant David Toutain 
Restaurant ES
Rose Bakery (inside Le Bon Marché)
Thoumieux
Treize

75008

Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée
Apicius

Bar Le Passage
Bread & Roses
Caffe
Charbon Rouge
Epicure (formerly Le Bristol)
Garnier
L’Atelier Étoile de Joël Robuchon
L’Instant d’Or
La Maison de l’Aubrac
Lasserre
Laurent
Lazare
Le 39V
Le Cinq
Le Griffonier
Le Marché du Lucas (formerly Bar le Passage)
Le Mini Palais
Le Petit Chablisien
Ledoyen
Les 110 de Taillevent
Napoleone
Neva Cuisine
Okuda
Pierre Gagnaire
Taillevent

75009

Autour d’un Verre
Bistrot la Bruyère
Bourgogne Sud
Braisenville
Buvette
Caillebotte
Chartier
Chez Grenouille
Encore
Hôtel Amour
Ito
L’Office
L’Orient d’Or
La Maison Mère
La Régalade Conservatoire
La Terrasse
La Tute
Le BAT
Le Cul de Poule
Le Dépanneur
Le Garde Temps
Le Pantruche
Le Richer 
Le Vin au Vert
Les Affranchis
Les Canailles
Les Coulisses
Les Pâtes Vivantes
Les Saisons
Maison F
Professore

75010

Abri 
Albion

Au Comptoir de Brice
Big Fernand
Bistro Bellet
Bob’s Juice Bar
Chez Casimir
Chez Michel 
El Nopal
Floyd’s Bar & Grill
Hai Kai
I Cugini
Jules et Shim
Krishna Bhavan
La Cantine de Quentin
La Cave à Michel
La Pointe du Grouin 
La Taverne de Zhao
La Tête dans les Olives
Le Cambodge
Le Conservatoire de Cédric Casanova
Le Galopin
Le Petit Cambodge
Le Verre Volé
Louloucam
Maria Luisa
Nanashi
Philou
Piccoli Cugini
Pink Flamingo
Ratapoil du Faubourg

Saravanaa Bhavan
Sol Semilla
The Sunken Chip
Urfa Dürüm
Vivant Table
Youpi et Voila!

75011

6036
Al Taglio
A La Renaissance
Astier
Au Passage
Aux Deux Amis 
Bistrot Paul Bert
Blue Valentine
Bones 
Caffè dei Cioppi
CheZaline
Clamato 
Clown Bar
Come a Casa 
Deux Fois Plus de Piment
Freddie’s Deli
Jeanne A
L’Auberge Flora
L’Ecailler du Bistrot
La Pulperia
Le 6 Paul Bert 
Le Chardenoux
Le Chateaubriand 
Le Dauphin
Le Perchoir
Le Repaire de Cartouche
Le Servan
Le Sot l’y Laisse
Les Déserteurs
Pizza dei Cioppi
Qui Plume la Lune
Restaurant Pierre Sang Boyer
Retro’bottega
Sassotondo
Septime
Soya
Thank You, My Deer
The Green Goose
West County Girl
Yard

75012

À la Biche au Bois
Café Cartouche
La Gazzetta
Le Baron Rouge
Pink Flamingo
Shan Gout
Table
Will

75013

Au Petit Marguery
Délices de Shandong
Green Pizz
L’Auberge du XV
L’Auberge du Roi Gradlon
L’Avant Gout
L’Ourcine
Lao Lane Xang 2
Likafo
Nüba
Pho 14
Simone
Tricotin

75014

Aux Enfants Gâtés
Crêperie Josselin
Jeu de Quilles
L’Assiette
La Cantine du Troquet
La Cerisaie
La Régalade
Le Bistro du Dôme
Le Cornichon
Le Dôme
Le Severo

75015

Axuria
Ciel de Paris
Green Pizz
Jadis
La Cabane à Huîtres
La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix
Le Casse Noix
L’Epicuriste
Le Grand Pan
Le Marcab
Le Pario
Les Trois Garçons
L’Os à Moelle
Ty Breiz

75016

Akrame
Chez Géraud
Étude
L’Abeille
L’Astrance
L’Atelier Vivanda
La Grande Cascade
Les Tablettes
Lili
Mets Gusto
Shang Palace

75017

Agapé Bis
Atao
Coretta
Fréderic Simonin
Guy Savoy
L’Entredgeu
L’Huîtrier
La Fourchette du Printemps
Le Bouchon et L’Assiette
Le Crabe Marteau
Le Dodin
L’Envie du Jour
Les Fougères
Rech
Roca

75018

Au Clocher de Montmartre
Bob’s Bake Shop
Bululu Arepera
Café Burq
Chamarré Montmartre
Cheri Bibi
Guilo Guilo
Il Brigante
Jeanne B
La Table d’Eugène
La Rallonge
Le Bal Café
La Cantine de la Cigale 
Le Coq Rico
Le Grand 8
Le Petit Trianon
Marcel
Miroir
Pink Flamingo

75019

Au Boeuf Couronné
Le Chapeau Melon
Ô Divin 
Quedubon 

75020

Chatomat
Le Baratin
Roseval 

Food Trucks

Le Camion qui Fume
Cantine California

Outside of Paris

Ferme Yamashita (Yveslines)
MaSa (Boulogne Billancourt)

Ibaji Korean restaurant in the Marais (Paris)

Ibaji

Practical information

Address: 13 rue du Vertbois, 75003
Nearest transport: Temple (3)
Hours: Open every day
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 42 71 67 81
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Korean
Website   Facebook

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2014) “Enfin vient d’ouvrir, après des mois de sur-place, le premier restaurant de la très annoncée Jeune Rue. Une micro-cambuse coréenne, designée par Paola Navone, qui maîtrise les secrets du bibimbap.”

Le Fooding (2014) “Une cuisine de mamans coréennes mitonnée par Sukwon Yong (passé par Ferrandi et Ze Kitchen Galerie) avec des produits français… sous la direction d’Antonin Bonnet, le chef du très bling Sergent Recruteur de l’île Saint Louis.”

Caroline Mignot (2014) “Je trouve les portions à partager petites…  je n’arrive pas à saisir la recette de burger (et même la présence de deux burgers dans la carte), la cuisine définie coréenne et généreuse qui me semble revisitée par moments sans que je comprenne le sens. Peut-être qu’en commandant plusieurs entrées (pas vraiment goûtées pour le coup), on atteint cet esprit de générosité, de découverte et de partage comme c’est présenté sur le site.”

Yannick Alleno at Ledoyen

Ledoyen

This historic three-star restaurant is perched in a pavilion just off the Champs-Elysées and has been a dining destination since the French Revolution. Long-time chef Christian Le Squer handed the reigns to Yannick Alleno in July 2014, and Alleno has promised a renewed focus on what he considers to be the great strength of French cuisine – sauces. He is also, albeit more quietly than his rival Alain Ducasse, putting vegetables and peasant ingredients in the spotlight. Our meal featured the modest mackerel and butternut squash in starring roles, presented with both precision and imagination. A lunchtime tasting menu is priced at 128€ , and a ten course tasting menu at either lunch or dinner is 295€. The more I think about it, the more I want to return to see what happens next.

Meg Zimbeck, September 2014

Practical information

Address: 1 avenue Dutuit, 75008
Nearest transport: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (1, 13)
Hours: Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday lunch
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 53 05 10 00
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
Website

Reviews of interest

Reviews with Yannick Alleno as chef :

Le Figaro (2014) “Si, entre l’institution des Champs-Élysées et le chef pressé, on pouvait craindre le mariage hasardeux de la carpe et du lapin, on découvre sur place un cuisinier totalement investi derrière ses fourneaux. Un nouvel Alléno ?”

Atabula (2014) “La cuisine de Yannick Alléno et de son équipe s’inscrit dans une tradition française dont il revendique l’héritage et la puissance. Surtout, il sait se jouer du temps, défiant les contraintes de la gastronomie d’aujourd’hui et puisant dans la richesse du patrimoine de la grande cuisine française un registre d’une très grande modernité. ”

Ruth Reichl (2014) “This chef is using classic techniques in wildly inventive ways… The food is intriguing and exciting, but three star dining is about much more than food.  It’s a performance, and Ledoyen doesn’t let you down.  The ambiance is so luxurious, the staff so convincing that by the time you leave you expect to find a coach and four waiting to whisk you home.”

Reviews with Christian Le Squer as chef:

Food Snob (2009) “Dishes are sophisticated, satisfying and crafted to showcase and magnify the finest ingredients and their innate flavours. The kitchen is also generous with guests receiving exquisite and ample amuses, petit fours and mignardises – which are also when the chef likes to have a little fun.”

Julot (2009) “I ordered the 88€ prix-fixe lunch menu. But the real good news is that this lunch menu is nothing less than your regular Ledoyen food in terms of the care and the quality of the ingredients… when it comes to trying to offer you the best food there is, this place has little competition that I know of.”

Julot (2008) “Ledoyen has top notch ingredients…This was exemplified by what I considered the highlight of a very good meal, the mise en bouche of first (in the season) green vegetables…Those peas in particular, so incredibly fresh, so crunchy, so full of spring flavours, demonstrate what truly exceptional ingredients cooked with infinite precision and care can be.”

 

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La Cave à Michel

A new wine bar from Romain Tischenko of Le Galopin.

Practical information

Address: 36 rue Saint-Marthe, 75010
Nearest transport: Belleville (2,11)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 45 94 47
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas
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Reviews of interest

L’Express (2014) “Oeufs durs en self-écaillage à badigeonner d’une parfaite mayo (2 euros), guindillas (petits piments verts) juste roussis au chalumeau (5 euros), voilà pour les picorages spontanés. Plus élaborées, les “raciones” du jour que Romain concocte dans sa kitchenette improvisée: l’assiette de potimarron, joue de porc, champignons et cacahuètes (7 euros) est bluffante; les betteraves, ricotta et crevettes séchées (8 euros) ont un sacré peps.”

Figaroscope (2014) “Le meilleur œuf mayo de Paris… il vous suffit de retenir que dans ce long spot décoré avec goût vous attendent flacons de petits producteurs et tapas à tomber.”

Aaron Ayscough (2014) “Mansouri and the Tischenkos have transformed the awkward old Contre-Etiquette space into a spare, elegant, standing-room-only wine bar that offers, Wednesday through Sunday (!), a solid natural wine selection, a rousing atmosphere, and a winning menu of ambitious small plates produced from a comically small kitchen.”

Paris Bouge (2014) “… l’œuf mayo, avec une mayonnaise parfaite qu’on finit à la petite cuillère et au pain ou les « Guindillas, Kintoa », piments verts doux passés au chalumeau et servis avec la crème du jambon basque. Ce soir là il y a aussi la « Mozarella, Cresson, Olives », douce et accompagnée d’olives au goût vraiment formidable ou encore la vive composition d’« Artichauts, Pomelos, fromage frais».”

Le Fooding (2014) “Leur repaire : un bar à tapas tout en longueur et en azulejos, où picorer debout, au zinc, de radieuses assiettes bien proportionnées : guindillas (piments verts) brunis rapidos au chalumeau avant de finir avec des tranches de lard de kintoa ; mulet fondant attendri par une marinade nippone, piquillos, framboises et mûres ; poulpe ultra-frais à l’effiloché d’aubergine et fines tranches de féta rapportée de Grèce ; palourdes mouillées au jus de soubressade ; tartare de veau tout suave, crème crue et physalis ; ou encore œuf dur mayo…”

Photo courtesy of La Cave à Michel’s Facebook page 

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Caffè Stern

Many powerful names/brands have come together for this long-awaited opening inside the Passage des Panoramas. The Alajmo family (of the three-starred Le Calendre in Padua) have partnered with David Lanher (Racines, Vivant) to convert an engraving shop into an Italian restaurant. They had some help from designer Philippe Starck, but thankfully not too much. The historically protected space – a series of dimly glowing rooms that date back to the 16th century – is stunning.  Continue reading

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Le Servan

Tatiana Levha, formerly at L’Arpège and L’Astrance, and her sister Katia have opened up this light, airy bistro with a central bar & hand painted ceiling. The short list of offerings changes each day, but expect seasonally driven cuisine inflected with international touches like tandoori spiced beurre blanc atop asparagus or harissa to spice up the line caught hake. Dessert left room for improvement, but otherwise Le Servan had reasonably priced, expertly executed dishes and friendly service in a beautiful space.

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Rachel’s

Practical information

Address: 25 rue du Pont aux Choux, 75003
Nearest transport: Saint-Sébastien – Froissart (8)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday; Open all day Wednesday-Saturday and for breakfast & lunch on Sunday
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 44 61 69 68
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: American
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Reviews of Interest

TimeOut (2014) “Tous ces ingrédients viennent composer, avec le doux parfum du fait maison, de plantureuses salades (entre 12 et 18 euros, selon la taille), de gargantuesques sandwichs (autour de 17 euros) et d’indécentes pâtisseries (entre 6 et 9 euros). Et le diable, qui a l’habitude de se cacher dans les détails, aurait bien du fil à retordre ici, puisque tout semble avoir été soigneusement pensé.”

Le Figaro (2014) “Jusqu’alors Miss cheesecake précieuse à fournir nombre d’adresses parisiennes, Rachel lance ce resto d’une «yankeetude» inspirée. Une cuisine mêlant côte Ouest, western chic.”

Paris Bouge (2014) “Pas de surprise, c’est bon. Et c’est également beau! En bref, une adresse qui risque de faire beaucoup parler d’elle!”

Le Fooding (2014) “…tout est maison : pickles, pulled pork et pastrami, choucroute, condiments, fumages, frites, glaces… Alors, forcément, le parfum des States se hume dans ses salades… ses méga-sandwichs… et ses plats du soir.”

Caroline Mignot (2014) “Moi je suis conquise par ce cheesecake, je n’ai rien à ajouter.”

Photo courtesy of Rachel’s Facebook page

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Paris Restaurants Open on Monday

Paris on Monday can be a bit of a culinary ghost town (rivaled only by Sunday). We’ve put together this list – organized by neighborhood and whether you need a reservation – to help you hunt down the best bites on a night when most of the restaurant industry tends to shut down. Our absolute favorites are highlighted with a heart.

75001

Walk-Ins Welcome

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Verjus Bar à Vins – The small plates have big flavors at this tiny, no-reservations wine bar from the couple behind Hidden Kitchen. For something more formal, and with more seating, book the restaurant upstairs.

Le Garde-Robe – Natural wine, snacks to soak it up, rowdy crowds and dancing bartenders at lunch and dinner. One of the original natural wine hangouts in Paris.

Willi’s Wine Bar – Mark Williamson’s landmark wine bar turned 30 in 2010. It’s packed with suits from the Bourse at lunch, and an Anglo-heavy crowd in the evenings.

Kunitoraya – A favorite address for udon and rice bowls. Reservations are not accepted, so be prepared to queue for lunch and dinner unless you go early.

La Tour de Montlhéry – Chez Denise – The market at Les Halles is long gone, but its legacy is still in evidence at Chez Denise, an old-school, shoulder-to-shoulder, red-checked tablecloth classic. Open for lunch through ’til the wee hours.

Naritake – A dive of a ramen shop, where the signature is a fat-enriched broth. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Pirouette – Chef Tomy Gousset passed through the kitchens of Le Meurice and Daniel Bouloud (NYC) before opening this stunning restaurant in the underserved district just north of Les Halles. Serious technique is brought to bear on beautiful veggies and offal alike. The consistently delicious dishes, the polished room and the very good wine list all add up to something that’s much greater than the bargain prices should allow. Lunch and dinner.

 La Régalade – Saint Honoré – This second location of La Régalade has been full since chef Bruno Doucet opened the doors in spring of 2010. The formula (terrine + 3 classic courses for a prix fixe) has since been replicated at a third location in the 9th. Is it less special now that it’s a franchise? Some think so, but it remains a good bet in central Paris, especially on Mondays. Open for lunch and dinner.

Izakaya Issé – Issé has changed formats a few times over the years, and now it’s a “bistro à sake”, offering a menu of izakaya — small plates — for grazing while sipping something from the serious selection of sake. Open for lunch and dinner.

Kunitoraya 2- Slurp your udon in style at this new branch of the rue Sainte Anne classic, housed in a renovated brasserie. Menus range from 18€ at lunch to a hefty 70€ at night.

Pinxo – Sharing is encouraged at this contemporary, convivial, Basque-style tapas restaurant from Alain Dutournier. Open for lunch and dinner.

Camélia – Camélia by Thierry Marx, is the second restaurant in the new Mandarin Oriental, to his flagship Sur Mesur. Open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Macéo – The more elegant sibling of Willi’s Wine Bar.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

Verjus – Upstairs is a tasting menu of bold, refined, contemporary American cooking using spectacular French ingredients. For a less expensive, small-plates redux, visit the wine bar downstairs.

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Le Meurice – This Michelin 3-star was helmed by Yannick Alleno until he moved on in 2013 after opening his locavore bistro Terroir Parisien. Alain Ducasse took the reigns in September 2013. Open for lunch and dinner.

La Dame de Pic – Anne-Sophie Pic, named in 2011 as “the world’s best female chef” for her three-star restaurant in Valence, opened a long-awaited Paris outpost. Working with Philippe Bousseton, the nose for perfumer Takasago, Pic creates three menus based upon fragrance profiles – vanille ambrée, iode & fleurs, and sous bois & épices.

Racines 2 – Now open: Racines, version 2.0, featuring the same product-driven cooking as the original, in a Philippe Starck-designed space.

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Walk-Ins Welcome

 Frenchie Wine Bar – If you want a taste of Gregory Marchand’s cooking without the challenge of scoring a reservation at Frenchie, this is where to go. Be prepared to line up a half hour before it even opens if you want a seat.

Frenchie To Go – Now you can have Frenchie food for breakfast and lunch, too. This Anglo-inspired eatery features Reubens, fish and chips, sweet treats and one of the best beer lists we’ve seen in Paris.

Coinstot Vino – Guillaume Dupré runs this wine bar in the passage des Panoramas, serving a range of small plates for snackers, a few hot items for the hungry, and vins natures for the thirsty. Open for lunch, dinner and drinking.

Entre Deux Rives – A slick little dinette offering pho, bo bun and other Vietnamese favorites. Open for lunch and dinner.

Gyozas-at-Gyoza-Bar-by-Phyllis-FlickGyoza Bar

Gyoza Bar – A Japanese dumpling bar, from the Passage 53 team. Dinner only.

Hokkaido – A busy noodle bar near rue Sainte Anne, serving gyoza and ramen.

Legrand Filles et Fils – Lovely Legrand occupies an enviable place off the galerie Vivienne. Mainly a shop, there is a room with a bar and a few tables for a drink and a snack on the spot.

Fée Nature – Everything is organic at this Sentier lunch spot and tea salon that closes at 6pm.

Grillé – This might be the most pedigreed kebab you’ll ever eat: prepared by Le Chateaubriand alum Frédéric Peneau with meat from butcher Hugo Desnoyer, homemade spelt flatbread, and herbs from Annie Bertin. There aren’t any seats on-site, or even in the immediate vicinity, so be prepared to eat it on the go. Lunch only.

Il Campionissimo – This popular, prize-winning pizzeria has moved to a larger, pop-art space, with room for the whole family. Open for lunch and dinner.

La Bourse ou La Vie – A popular place for steak frites. Open for lunch and dinner.

Liza – Lebanese goes chic (et un peu cher) at Liza. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Terroir Parisien at the Palais Brongniart – This new location of Yannick Alleno’s popular bistro is one of our favorite new openings of 2013, featuring pedigreed local ingredients and updated classic recipes from the region around Paris. This location at the Bourse boasts a rillettes bar sells terrines and pâtés to go.

Saturne – Ingredient fetishists will appreciate Sven Chartier’s reverence for product, and devotees of natural wines will love Ewen Lemoigne’s list.

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Bistro Volnay – Heavy silver, plush carpeting, and swanky art deco decor give the Volnay plenty of adult sophistication at both lunch and dinner.

Chez Georges – A popular, old school bistro serving classics like frisée au lardons, jambon persillée, escargot, and tarte tatin. Open for lunch and dinner.

Drouant – Facing a very pretty square, Drouant has been around since 1880. Now run by Antoine Westermann, the menu offers elegantly updated classics with an emphasis on seafood. Lunch and dinner.

Racines – There’s a touch of elegance to the product-driven, market cooking, served, as always, with natural wine, inside the city’s oldest covered passage. Open for lunch and dinner.

Les Jalles – Delphine Alcover and Magali Marian of Bistro Volnay have opened this chic, open-every-day bistro, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and drinks in the bar upstairs.

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Frenchie – Gregory Marchand’s contemporary market cooking has landed Frenchie on every must-go list, making reservations all but impossible.

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 Candelaria – With its bright, bare-bones kitchen, crowded counter, communal table, and addictive salsas — all mercifully un-Frenchified — this upper Marais spot has people are lining up for tacos and agua fresca. Go through the unmarked door next to the stove and you’ll find a serious bar.

 Le Mary Celeste – Some of the best cocktails in the city  from the team behind Candelaria and Glass. On the food front, you can expect an eclectic menu of small plates from chef Haan Palcu-Chang, and a rotating cast of mostly wild oysters sold by the piece for 2-5€ during the season. Open for drinks and dinner.

Café Pinson – Fashionable health food freaks can get their fix at this (surprisingly?) popular vegan hangout. Open only for lunch.

Happy Nouilles – Hand made Chinese noodles, at very happy prices, for both lunch and dinner.

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Bob’s Kitchen – Lunch at Bob’s might include a smoothie green with wheatgrass, a plate-sized pancake, a spicy veggie burger, or a colorful curry. All natural, all organic. Open for breakfast, too.

Pink Flamingo – “Pas comme les autres,” is the motto at kitschy cool Pink Flamingo Pizza. Take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner is available at all locations.

Al Taglio – It’s pizza by the kilo for lunch and dinner at this (vaguely) Roman-style spot. Bright lights, high stools and cheap wine by the carafe.

La Briciola – The pizzas are thin-crusted and fresh at this upper Marais spot.

Chez Omar – Go early, or be prepared to queue up with the masses at this perennially popular address for couscous.

Glou – Pedigreed and organic ingredients rule the menu, and pretty waitresses run the loft-like, two-level, room. Open for lunch and dinner.

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 Café des Musées – The cooking is honest, the location is easy, and it’s open every day for lunch and dinner.

Les Enfants Rouges – Bistronomie from a young Japanese chef who trained under Yves Camdeborde near the Marché des Enfants Rouges. Open for lunch and dinner.

Grazie – Piping hot pies with fresh toppings, industrial loft décor, and cold cocktails from the full bar draw the branché masses to this pizza place between République and Bastille. Walk-ins will have an easier time sidling up to the bar.

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Icho – Take a seat at the counter of this slick little sushi bar and watch chef Aroun Tanovan turn out pristine sashimi, riotous rolls of pink and green, and salads of seaweed, ginger, and yuzu. Dinner only.

Miznon – Another pita place for the Marais – this annex of an Israeli chain has far more creative offerings than your corner kebab stand. Notable options include grilled cauliflower, grilled sweet potato, and beef bourguignon. Open all day.

Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis – This classic brasserie has been in business since 1953, is open for lunch and dinner, and is still run by the same family.

Chez Marianne – This mainstay of the Jewish quarter is popular for its platters of salads, breads, and lovely terrace, though many line up here for falafel, too. Open all day.

L’As du Fallafel – Cheap, messy and seemingly obligatory – regularly cited as the best falafel in Paris. Open all day.

Le Métropolitain – Vintage Metro posters decorate the walls of this contemporary bistro, where a Top Chef finalist has taken over the stove. Open for lunch and dinner.

Jaja – From the team behind Glou comes Jaja, a contemporary bistro open for lunch and dinner that features top notch organic products, a serious wine list, airy urban decor, and… hot dogs.

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Benoît – Open since 1912, this picture-postcard Paris bistro is part of the Ducasse group. Open for lunch and dinner.

L’Alimentari – A minuscule trattoria in the heart of the Marais.

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 Café de la Nouvelle Mairie – This is a true café, open all day long starting at 8am. But it’s the natural wines and simple food that keep this place busy. It wouldn’t hurt to book at dinner.

 Terroir Parisien – Yannick Alleno (of Le Meurice) revives reasonably priced Parisian classics, with Ile de France ingredients, at this chic, airy bistro. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Dans les Landes – Small plates from the Landes and Basque regions with well-priced wine and plenty of seating for larger groups. A few tables on the terrasse if the weather is nice.

Les Pâtes Vivantes – Hand-thrown noodles are stretched and cut before your eyes at this Chinese spot.

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Christophe – Good ingredients in the hands of a passionate chef make this Latin Quarter address a favorite among food industry types who prioritize what’s on the plate over (non-existent) ambiance. Lunch and dinner.

Anahuacalli – A well-regarded Mexican address in the 5th, serving specialties like huitlacoche quesadillas, tortilla soup, mole and tamales. Dinner only.

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 Fish (La Boissonnerie) – A left-bank haven for Anglos, wine lovers, and food writers on their day off. The bar area makes Fish ideal for solo diners, too. Open for lunch and dinner. If you walk in early enough, and are willing to sit at the bar, you might not need to book.

 L’Avant Comptoir - Crêpes up front and pork (Ibaïona) in the rear. It’s standing room only at Yves Camdeborde’s recently renovated tapas and wine bar, a hit since it opened in fall of 2009. Go during the off hours or be prepared to be get to know the person next to you very, very well. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte – The choices here are steak and… really that’s it. Served with crisp fries in outrageous quantities, the only question is how you want it cooked. Reservations not accepted, so go early or be prepared to wait on the sidewalk.

L’Epi Dupin – L’Epi Dupin has been attracting a mix of loyal locals and tourists since it opened in 1995. Open for dinner.

Cosi – The sandwiches at this shop are made with a focaccia-like bread, right from the oven, with fresh fillings and plenty of vegetarian choices. You can eat on-site or take your sandwiches to go for lunch or dinner.

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Bread & Roses – An English-accented bakery, lunch spot and tea salon featuring fresh tarts (savory and sweet), sandwiches, and lively salads, plus flaky scones, serious cheesecake, and a few grocery items. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.

Eggs & Co. – Eggs rule the roost at this sunny spot in Saint-Germain, where brunch is not only for Sundays. Open from 10am-6pm.

La Rotonde – Currently closed through the end of March 2014 for renovations, this is a classic Montparnasse café and brasserie, serving standards like onion soup and steak tartare all day every day, along with oysters and other seafood in season. When it re-opens, it’s open all day.

Pizza Chic – Devotées love the artichoke pizza for lunch and dinner at this (very) sixth arrondissment address, which features a wood-burning oven, and contentious pricing. Open for lunch and dinner.

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 Semilla – A contemporary bistro with an MOF chef in the open kitchen and a menu featuring an array of market-driven plates served in full or half portion. Space to eat at the bar and a fantastic wine list, which is what you’d expect from the team behind Fish, Cosi & La Dernière Goutte.

Josephine (Chez Dumonet) – Bring your appetite, and wallet, to this perennial favorite for old fashioned favorites like boeuf bourgignon, duck confit and gigot d’agneau. Open for lunch and dinner.

Chez Marcel – A new owner has resuscitated this old time bistro, serving updated Lyonnais classics. Open for lunch and dinner.

Allard – The sepia-toned dining room at this historic bistro remains the same, but Alain Ducasse and protégé Laëtitia Rouabah have taken over the kitchen and the accompanying carte of classic Burgundian dishes. Reviews are mixed. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Chardenoux des Près – A second outpost of Cyril Lignac’s Chardenoux. Prices are trés Saint-Germain. Open every day, lunch and dinner

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Le Comptoir du Relais – Yves Camdeborde’s beloved bistro, once neo and now classic. Book months in advance for weeknight, no-choice dinner, but you can just queue up at lunch.

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Café Constant – Christian Constant is the unofficial mayor of rue St. Dominique. His casual, no-reservations café is open all day, starting at 8 in the morning.

Les Cocottes – Though the breezy service and long counter are reminiscent of an American diner, they are not slinging hash at Christian Constant’s Les Cocottes. An easy, no-reservations choice for lunch and dinner in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

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La Ferme Saint-Simon – This long-established restaurant near the Musée d’Orsay has been recently redesigned and updated – both in the kitchen and the dining room. Open for lunch and dinner.

La Laiterie Sainte-Clotilde – A down-to-earth bistro in a high rent neighborhood.

Les Fables de Fontaine – The specialty is seafood at this lovely rue St. Dominique address. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Cinq Mars – This perennially popular bistro serves classics like foie gras mi-cuit, steak tartare, and brandade de morue. Open for lunch and dinner.

La Fontaine de Mars – The Obamas ate here! The Obamas ate here! This perpetual favorite, a mainstay on the crowded rue Saint-Dominique, offers classic cooking with a southwestern inflection. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

Garance – Two Guillaumes (Guillaume Iskandar and Guillaume Muller) formerly of l’Arpège, have opened this much-praised modern bistro near the Esplanade des Invalides. Open for lunch and dinner.

Auguste – Gael Orieux’s menu at the polished and posh Auguste is all about seafood. Open for lunch and dinner.

Gaya – Pierre Gagnaire’s thoroughly modern seafood spot. Lunch and dinner.

Thoumieux – The Paris brasserie reinvented by Jean-François Piège. Open all day.

Pottoka – A tiny Basque joint from the duo behind Les Fables de la Fontaine. Open for lunch and dinner.

Lily Wang – The arrival of the bill may preclude any happy endings at this bordello-like Chinese address in the 7th. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Restaurant David Toutain – The meticulous and conceptual cooking highlights seasonal produce, with vegetables often playing the starring role. This is by no means a vegetarian restaurant, but Toutain’s ability to bring out the beauty in oft-ignored roots reminds us of his former boss Alain Passard. Lunch and dinner.

 L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon – The original L’Atelier, in what’s now a global empire. Known for a particular brand of relaxed fine dining, our contributors nonetheless voted it on to our list of Five Great Steak Frites in Paris. Note: Reservations are ONLY accepted for the first seatings of each service.  Otherwise, it’s first-come-first-served.

 L’Arpège – Alain Passard spins turnips into gold at this vegecentric (but not vegetarian) three star restaurant.

Jean-François Piège – Above bustling Thoumieux, his brasserie gourmande, Jean-François Piège has opened an intimate 20-seat showcase for his creative, modern French cooking. Michelin awarded 2 stars within months of his opening. Dinner only.

Le Jules Verne – Perched high in the Eiffel Tower, the restaurant was taken over by Ducasse, and his chef Pascal Féraud offers a menu of classics, befitting of the location (foie gras in many forms, escargots, tournedos de boeuf, Bresse chicken, savarin a l’Armagnac). One Michelin star. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Le Mini Palais – Eric Fréchon of the Bristol is the consulting chef of this contemporary, chic brasserie. Book a table on the terrace when weather permits. Open every day, all day.

Garnier – This posh brasserie near the Gare St. Lazare is one to remember when you’re craving oysters. Or sole, or daurade, or rougets.

Charbon Rouge – From Wagyu beef to bacon burgers, this is classy carnivory for the golden triangle set. Included in our list of Five Great Steak Frites in Paris. Continuous service throughout the day.

Le Petit Chablisien – This old-guard bistro near Gare Saint Lazare has recently been updated, with new décor and a new chef. Lunch and dinner.

La Maison de l’Aubrac – This classic off the Champs-Elysées is open 24 hours a day, serving up burgers, tartare, and aged steaks that will please carnivores.

Bread & Roses – An English-accented bakery, lunch spot and tea salon featuring fresh tarts (savory and sweet), sandwiches, and lively salads, plus flaky scones, serious cheesecake, and a few grocery items. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.

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 Le Griffonier – A bastion of classic French food. Open only for lunch.

Napoleone – The latest addition from Chef Christian Etchebest (from the Cantines de la Cigaledu Troquet & du Troquet Dupleix) may not be his best, but it’s certainly better than most of what you’ll find along the Champs-Élysées. The neo-bistrot has a striking terrace, a beautiful Art Nouveau interior, a classic menu and is open late.

Neva Cuisine – Contemporary French cooking in a polished, airy room from a couple of Grande Cascade alums.

Les 110 de Taillevent – Taillevent has reconceived their second restaurant (formerly L’Angle du Faubourg) with a focus on wine pairings. There is a 44€ menu at lunch and dinner, but à la carte prices will put you in the 50-100€ range, before le vin.

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Laurent – Luxury and history come together at Laurent, where you can dine in the former hunting lodge of Louis XIV or, better yet, at a table in the garden. Fine dining, fine setting.

Le 39V – A private elevator whisks you up to this rooftop address just off the Champs-Elysées with a small bar that offers a haven for solo diners, and a dining room that opens onto a leafy deck.

Caffé – A see-and-be-seen Italian table from Thierry Costes and Thierry Burlot.

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 L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon – Joël Robuchon’s empire expands again with the opening of another Atelier, this time on the Champs Elysées. This one is bigger than the left bank outpost, with an actual dining room in addition to the trademark counter seating. Open for lunch and dinner.

Epicure – The gastronomic table at Le Bristol hotel has been renamed, but revered chef Eric Frechon remains at the stove. The dining room has been renovated, too, offering a view onto the hotel gardens. Three Michelin stars. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Lazare – Open all day, seven days a week but requiring advance reservations and suffering, by many accounts, from atrocious service that undermines Eric Fréchon’s delicious Norman-inflected cooking.

Pierre Gagnaire – Pierre Gagnaire is widely regarded as one of the city’s most creative culinary wizards. Open for lunch and dinner.

Apicius – Operating for more than 25 years, John Pierre Vigato’s Apicius occupies a privileged space in a grand 19th century hotel particulier. Two Michelin stars. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Cinq – Haute cuisine in the George V hotel for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Le Richer – An offshoot of one our absolute favorites L’Office, Le Richer was named as Le Fooding’s Best New Bistro for 2014. Stop by this former corner café at all hours of the day and night (sans reservation) for snacks, small plates, decent coffee, cocktails, or an evening meal.

Artisan – Frédéric Le Bordays is behind the bar and serving up excellent craft cocktails alongside a few simple small plates from chef Vanessa Krycève.

Bourgogne Sud – A regional table serving up Burgundian classics like jambon persillé, frog’s legs, escargots, and boeuf bourguignon. Open for lunch and dinner.

Chez Grenouille – An address for old school charcuterie and meat of all kinds.

La Tute – This rustic bistro offers heart-stopping fare from the Pyrenees for lunch and dinner.

Les Pâtes Vivantes – Hand-thrown noodles are stretched and cut before your eyes at this Chinese spot.

Braisenville – Small plates rule at this mod address in the 9th. Lunch and dinner.

Hôtel Amour – Fashion types flock to to this boutique hotel for brunch or dinner in the secluded back garden.

La Maison Mère – The menu at this Franco-American mash-up includes not only Aubrac steaks, leeks vinaigrette and chocolate mousse, but a black Angus burger, pastrami and cheesecake, too. Retro decor, hipper-than-thou south Pigalle crowd.

Chartier – Do not, we repeat, do NOT go to Chartier for the food. Do go for the atmosphere (and prices) of a bygone era.

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Le BAT – Take a seat around the large central bar à tapas (and tartares) where Yariv Berrebi, formerly of KGB, is speedily turning out reasonably priced, well-executed, fusion-y small plates in a gastronomic dead zone. Open for lunch and dinner.

Bistrot la Bruyère – A good example of bistronomie cuisine at fair prices in the Pigalle neighborhood.

Encore – Brand-name suppliers (Joël Thiebault, Quatrehommes, Annie Bertin, Hugo Desnoyers, Christophe Vasseur, Terroirs d’Avenir) and natural wines are the backbone of this trend-heavy, but pleasant, modern French bistro helmed by a young Japanese chef.

Cul de Poule – Good ingredients, simple prep, cool atmosphere and great prices make Cul de Poule the butt to beat.

Les Canailles – This bistro gives the classics a jolt of freshness.

La Régalade Conservatoire – Classic bistro fare like house-made terrine, pork belly with lentils, sea bream with fennel, rice pudding, and a Grand Marnier soufflé. Affordably priced with prix-fixe menus at lunch and dinner.

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L’Office – Unfussy, contemporary bistro cooking, from a pair of American cooks. Lunch and dinner.

Le Garde Temps – A contemporary bistro from Benoît Gaulthier of Le Grand Pan.

Les Coulisses – A neighborhood bistro in the heart of the 9th, open for lunch and dinner.

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Caillebotte – A modern French offshoot of the beloved and hard to book bistro Le Pantruche. Open for lunch and dinner.

Ito – Seasonal Japanese tapas for the style conscious at this immaculate izakaya. Set menus are available for three tapas (€19), four (€25), or ten (€65). A well-stocked bar of Japanese whiskey and saké only adds to the fun. Open only for dinner.

Le Pantruche – Franck Baranger’s modern bistro near Pigalle is turning out dishes like celery root soup, oyster tartare, and a standout côte de cochon.

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La Pointe du Grouin – Named for a pig’s snout (and not its other end), this dirt-cheap Breton wine bar is sandwiched between Thierry Breton’s two other eateries Chez Michel and Chez Casimir.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand the system–it’s not clear that there is one. Just sidle up to the bar, let them know how hungry you are, and wait for the small plates to roll out. Expect hearty regional fare at lunch and dinner.

Chez Michel – This Breton bistrominique near the Gare du Nord serves a four course feast featuring dishes that are baked in a massive dining room oven. Open for lunch and dinner.

 Chez Casimir – This bustling annex of Chez Michel offers hearty seasonal cooking and a heavy dose of old Paris charm. Open weekdays for lunch and dinner

Big Fernand – Get in line for juicy burgers, made with French ingredients and cooked by an enthusiastic, plaid-clad crew of mustachoied men. Open for lunch and dinner.

Urfa Dürüm – No ordinary kebab joint, the bread at this Kurdish sandwich shop is made before your eyes, split and filled with lamb, beef, or chicken that’s been grilled to order, garnished simply with a few greens, red onion, sliced tomato and herbs.

Le Cambodge – Where bobos go for bo bun. Go early or be ready to queue. Open for lunch and dinner.

La Taverne de Zhao – Cheap and cheerful cooking for lunch and dinner from the Shaanxi province, courtesy of Zhao, who hails from Xi’an. Get the pork-filled flatbread.

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Bob’s Juice Bar – Bob’s is the place to detox with fresh juices, veggie sandwiches on homemade bagels, soups and salads. Open for breakfast and lunch.

Krishna Bhavan – The vegetarian Tamil cooking at Krishna Bhavan is generous, aromatic, colorful, and cheap. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Nanashi – Colorful, Japanese-inflected salads, soups, and small plates, as well as a decidedly non-Japanese coffee cream tart, courtesy of a Rose Bakery alum. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.

Le Petit Cambodge – It’s all bo bun, all the time at this airy annex to the heavily trafficked Le Cambodge. Lunch and dinner.

Saravanaa Bhavan – Before getting on the Eurostar, stop for pan-Indian vegetarian fare in this bright, packed hall, part of an international chain.

I Cugini – Pizza and pasta, in a cool corner space with sidewalk seating.

Maria Luisa – A popular one for pizza near the canal, with outdoor seating. Lunch and dinner.

Piccoli Cugini – This new pizzeria is the little cousin of I Cugini, also in the 10th. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Vivant Table – Pierre Jancou relaunched then sold Vivant Table to the owners of Racines. Ambitious menus at both lunch and dinner accompanied by all-natural wines.

Le Verre Volé – A relaxed hole-in-the-wall near the Canal where you can buy a bottle from the shelf and share a cheese plate, some boudin noir, or octopus carpaccio.

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Le Conservatoire de Cédric Casanova – Round up your friends and book weeks in advance for a Sicilian “picnic” in olive oil impresario Cédric Casanova’s new épicerie. Minimum five people, eight max, 30€ per tête.

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Al Taglio – It’s pizza by the kilo for lunch and dinner at this (vaguely) Roman-style spot. Bright lights, high stools and cheap wine by the carafe.

CheZaline – Delphine Zampetti, recently of Le Verre Volé, has opened this bright & tiny spot, serving sandwiches, salads, and plats du jour for under 10€, to stay or to go. Lunch only.

Jeanne A – This eat-in epicerie and wine shop from the owners of the classic Astier offers classic comfort food, to stay or to go, at reasonable prices.

À La Renaissance – Great natural wines by the glass, fresh well-prepared food, and congenial service at this simple bistro near Bastille.

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Deux Fois Plus de Piment – The place for pepper-laden Chinese fare. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Chardenoux – Celebrity chef Cyril Lignac took over this historic bistro in 2008. Open for lunch and dinner.

Al Taglio – It’s pizza by the kilo for lunch and dinner at this (vaguely) Roman-style spot. Bright lights, high stools and cheap wine by the carafe.

Soya – In the airy, minimally decorated dining room at Soya, you’ll find the usual vegetarian suspects (salads, curries, savory tarts, soy in all its forms), and a thoughtful wine list.

Astier – This classic, checkered tablecloth bistro is famous for its cheese tray.

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Come a Casa – A tiny gem of a restaurant with an even tinier menu that changes each day. The warm welcome and trilingual service is Italian hospitality at its finest. Lunch and dinner.

 Le 6 Paul Bert – Just around the corner from sister spot Bistrot Paul Bert, the restaurant is a world apart in terms of cuisine. Expect small and modern plates (shaved vegetables, raw and marinated proteins, creative use of dairy) that have more in common with Le Dauphin and Au Passage than a classic Paris bistro. Dinner only.

 Au Passage – Small plates range from the standard charcuterie and now-obligatory burrata to more light and creative fare, based on great products from the likes of Terroirs d’Avenir and Joël Thiébault. The vibe is relaxed, the prices are right, and the wines are natural. Open for lunch and dinner.

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L’Auberge Flora – Flora herself does the cooking at this urban inn, offering a range of shareable small plates, or a heftier menu (at higher prices). Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Sot-l’y-Laisse – This longstanding neighborhood bistro has a new lease on life thanks to Eiji Doihara, a Japanese chef with a classical French resumé.

La Pulperia – This Argentinian restaurant from Fernando de Tomaso could more accurately be called a bifteckeria, given the number and size of steak offerings on their menu. Expect giant portions, plenty of delicious chimichurri, and a good list (mostly French, surprisingly) wines. Open for dinner only.

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 Septime – Book well in advance, and then look forward to Bertrand Grébaut’s beautiful, seasonal Michelin starred cooking, pristine ingredients, and a fine list of natural wines to match. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Café Cartouche – This is the second address from Rodolphe Paquin of Le Repaire de Cartouche.

Table – Writer Bruno Verjus‘ chic restaurant features a limited menu of expensive but excellently sourced meat, fish, and produce that is roasted simply on a spit.

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Pho 14 – It’s easy to find Pho 14. Just look for the line. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Au Petit Marguery – A delightfully unmodernized table, especially good in game season, when you’ll find roast partridge, grouse, wild duck, and lièvre à la royale. Open for lunch and dinner.

Les Delices de Shandong – A well-regarded Chinese table, run by a Qingdao native, specializing in the cuisine of the Shandong province, in eastern China. Open for lunch and dinner.

Lao Lane Xang 2 – A much-loved address for Laotian, Vietnamese, and Thai specialties. Open for lunch and dinner.

Likaf0 – A favorite for authentic Cantonese cooking.

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Tricotin – A bustling Chinese canteen, known especially for dim sum.

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L’Auberge du Roi Gradlon – Hearty yet refined Breton cooking in an upscale setting from Nicolas Castelet, the chef behind L’Auberge du 15.

Simone – An inventive neo-bistro with open kitchen, outdoor terrace, and well-priced, exclusively natural wines from their neighboring cave à vin. Open for lunch and dinner.

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La Cantine du Troquet – Arrive early (doors open at 7pm) to avoid a wait at this casual, no-reservations bistro run by chef Christian Etchebest.

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 Crêperie Josselin – The city’s most buttery, authentic crêpes served in an old-school dining room full of dark wood and Breton lace.

Le Dôme – Le Dôme, with its sparkling platters of fruits de mer, remains an address for power lunches and tourists looking to rub shoulders with Hemingway’s ghost while getting their fill of zinc and iodine. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Bistrot du Dôme – The smaller sibling of the grand brasserie Le Dôme, just around the corner. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Le Severo – Meat lovers, meet Le Severo, where former butcher William Bernet offers a legendary tartare, honest-to-goodness aged steaks (surprisingly rare in Paris), fat frites, and a great wine list. The salads are often overlooked but quite good, too. Be prepared to have your meat served rare unless you give advance notice.  Open for lunch and dinner.

La Cerisaie – Closet-sized La Cerisaie serves southwestern cuisine. Foie gras abounds.

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La Régalade – You can’t talk about “la bistronomie” without mentioning La Régalade. Open for dinner only.

Le Cornichon – Here you’ll find robust, seasonal bistro cooking from a Chez l’Ami Jean alum. Lunch and dinner.

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Le Grand Pan – Benoit Gauthier’s Le Grand Pan unfussily and deliciously serves up superb meats and market-fresh vegetables.

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 La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix – Lusty Basque fare, affordably priced. Arrive early (doors open at 7pm) to avoid a wait at this casual, no-reservations bistro run by chef Christian Etchebest which is only open for dinner.

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Le Pario – Modern French food from Brazilian chef Eduardo Jacinto, who trained under Christian Constant at Le Violin d’Ingres. Open for lunch and dinner.

Axuria – A contemporary gastro-bistro, with an emphasis on fish. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

Le Caisse Noix – With its old-timey decor and generous cooking (think braised beef cheeks and ile flottante), you can add it to the 15th’s already lengthy roster of solid bistros.

Jadis – Forgotten dishes are given new life at Jadis, where old recipes meet technical rigor and today’s best ingredients. Lunch and dinner.

Le Marcab – The room feels posh, but the prices are reasonable at Le Marcab. Open every day.

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Ciel de Paris – Reopened with a sleek new design, a table at this resto on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse affords sweeping views over Paris.

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Chez Géraud – Classic, unfussy comfort food from Ducasse alum Gabriel Grapin at this warm and inviting bistro in an old and moneyed part of town.

L’Atelier Vivanda – After opening his eponymous restaurant in 2011, Akrame Benallal is back with a second offering. This time it’s all about the meat, and his wallet-friendly prix-fixe includes a starter, a choice of meat (Black Angus beef, suckling lamb, Challans poultry), a side of potato (grilled, Dauphinois, galette) and a classic dessert.

Les Tablettes – In the old La Table de Joël Robuchon location, Les Tablettes reopened with a new chef (Jean-Louis Nomicos) and a pop attitude. Open for lunch and dinner.

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 Akrame – Gagnaire- and Adria-alum Akrame Benallal resurfaced with this eponymous restaurant in the 16th, serving globally-influenced cooking in a no-choice menu format. The restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars in 2014. Open for lunch and dinner.

LiLi - Cantonese cuisine in a luxe setting at the recently opened Hotel Peninsula Paris. Former Top Chef contestant Jean-Edern Hurstel is almost exclusively using high quality French ingredients.

La Grande Cascade – This Michelin one-star is in a grand pavilion in the Bois de Boulogne for lunch and dinner.

Shang Palace – Haute Cantonese cooking in Paris. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Le Crabe Marteau – Pretend you’re in Brest as you hammer away at fresh crab, oysters, and other shellfish at this seafood shack in the 17th. Last minute bookings are usually okay. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Coretta – A trio of restaurateurs including Beatriz Gonzalez and Matthieu Marcant of Neva and chef Jean-François Pataleon of L’Affable have combined forces at this minimalist and modern French restaurant overlooking the Parc Martin Luther King.

Roca – A highly praised neo-bistro from Le Richer alum Alexandre Giesbert who presents fresh products creatively with a slightly international bent. Open for lunch and dinner.

L’Envie du Jour – A new team has renovated the space that used to be Bigarrade and are turning out fresh, seasonal produce before your eyes in a wide open kitchen.

Agapé Bis – An upmarket bistro from the team behind Agapé and Agapé substance. A new chef arrived in May of 2011. Open for lunch and dinner.

La Fourchette du Printemps – The setting is no-frills but the food is refined at this small bistro on the edge of the 17th, which earned one Michelin star in 2011.

Les Fougères – Offering modern French cooking in a lovely 30-seat dining room, Les Fougères manages to be elegant without being stuffy. Open for lunch and dinner.

Rech – This seafood restaurant Rech, around since 1925, is now part of the Alain Ducasse bistro collection.

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La Cantine de la Cigale – Warm, welcoming and well-priced. The new bistro from Christian Etchebest follows the model of his other cantines, La Cantine du Troquet and La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix; this time, in association with the concert venue La Cigale. Open for lunch and dinner.

Jeanne B – A cheerful clone of Jeanne A for the underserved Montmartre neighborhood – this casual eatery and take-out épicerie is open seven days a week with continuous service. Continuous service all day.

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Chéri Bibi – An arty haven on the east side of Sacre-Coeur. Flea-market decor, traditional French cooking and easy prices. Last minute bookings usually okay. Dinner only.

Le Coq Rico – It’s all about the bird at Le Coq Rico. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Petit Trianon – The menu at Le Petit Trianon is typical café and brasserie fare: Croques monsieur et madame, salads, and tartines. Open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day, continuously.

La Rallonge – A casual wine bar from Chef Geoffroy Maillard serving Spanish-ish small plates, just down the street from La Table d’Eugene. Don’t miss the risotto–elbow noodles with a creamy truffled mushroom sauce and served in a tiny Staub casserole.

Pink Flamingo – “Pas comme les autres,” is the motto at kitschy cool Pink Flamingo Pizza. Take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner is available at all locations.

Marcel – Another brunch spot with an Anglo accent, in this case both British (porridge, scones, an English breakfast) and American (fluffy blueberry pancakes, a BLT).

Café Burq – This funky Montmartre bistro is open late. Open for dinner only, last minute bookings usually okay.

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Il Brigante – The kitchen and dining room are one and the same at Il Brigante where a Calabrian pizzaiolo is turning out masterful cracker-crusted pizzas. Try the Carboneri with a runny egg, bufala mozzarella, pecorino and a sprinkling of black pepper. Pizzas available to go, too.

Chamarré Montmartre – Chef Antoine Heerah draws from the flavors and ingredients of his native Mauritius — and all around the Indian ocean — and fuses them with French technique.

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Au Boeuf Couronné – Meat is king at Au Boeuf Couronné, a restaurant across the street from the Parc de la Villette (previous site of the Paris slaughterhouse). It’s a beautiful old brasserie and a reliable place (open every day) for steak lovers in search of a slab. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Roseval – Young chefs Michael Greenwold and Simone Tondo worked previously at Le Chateaubriand and Rino, and the influence of those kitchens can be felt at their joint venture in Ménilmontant. Modern French  cooking can be found throughout the no-choice menu for 40€. Consider springing for the wine pairings  – there’s a very interesting wine list with an emphasis on les naturels. There’s an insider (but not exclusive) feeling here in the bare bones dining room that’s enlivened by a very fashionable young clientele in a corner of Paris ignored by most tourists.

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Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée

Alain Ducasse’s flagship at the Plaza Athénée remains one of the bastions of French gastronomy. Since autumn 2014, the restaurant has reoriented its cuisine around fish, cereals and vegetables.

Practical information

Address: 25 avenue Montaigne, 75008
Nearest transport: Alma-Marceau (9)
Hours: Dinner, Monday-Friday; lunch, Thursday-Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday.
Reservations: Book many weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 53 67 65 00
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

François-Régis Gaudry (2014) “Vu la sincérité méticuleuse et la précision diabolique que son chef exécutif, Romain Meder, déploie dans chacune de ses assiettes, on serait plutôt tenté d’y déceler une nouvelle étape dans l’avantgarde gastronomique: celle d’une frugalité exquise, saine et vertueuse. Le Ducasse du siècle? ”

Bruno Verjus (2012) “Bouchées après bouchées, l’on traverse avec équilibre et sérénité les passerelles qu’il tend entre les ingrédients…chef Christophe Saintagne offre l’un des plus belle carte de ce printemps…Comptez environ de 250 € à 450 € par personne pour un repas exceptionnel.”

Alexander Lobrano (2010) “…while I can’t and won’t comment on whether or not it’s ‘right’ to spend so much money on a single meal, I will say that it was a spectacular evening, that the food was exquisite, and that I still believe that haute cuisine has a rightfully crucial role at the top of the French food chain.”

François Simon (2010) “Le reste du repas louvoie  entre tradition (le coq en pâte jus périgueux en remarquable pithiviers : 90€) et modernisme néo-chic pauvre (le homard avec ses pommes de terre : 90€).On sent à vrai dire, une cuisine à l’écoute de son temps…”

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Porte 12

Overseen by Singapore starred chef André Chiang, Porte 12 opened during the rentrée season of 2014 with Vincent Crepel commanding the open kitchen and Thibault Passinge directing the dining room. Passinge’s enthusiasm for his budding wine list is infectious, and the dishes were some of the best we’ve had in a long time: chinchard draped over Ratte potatoes was visually reminiscent of sashimi, and smoked basil tied it all together in an unexpected way. The volaille with fermented corn was overwhelmingly vulvar in presentation but/and absolutely delicious. With a lunch menu priced at 28 or 35€ we expect door number 12 to be a revolving one.

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Les Caves du Marais

Crates and bottles are piled high in this bare bones shop, run for more than two decades by Jean-Jacques Bailly, who offers good prices on estate bottled wines from all over France.

Practical information

Address: 64 rue François Miron, 75004
Nearest transport: Saint Paul (1) or Pont Marie (7)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30am-1pm and 4pm-8pm; closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: 01 42 78 54 64

Reviews of interest

Aaron Ayscough (2010) “The proprietor, one Jean-Jacques Bailly, has been there 21 years, and in the Paris wine retail scene that amounts to a good head start on other caves in building the sorts of finicky, trust-based relationships with vignerons and agents that are necessary to stock the great names of wine…”

La Marine

La Marine

Quite possibly the best happy hour in town, this pub pours 5€ pints from 6-8 pm every day, even weekends. And the beers are much better than average – sure, you can get a 1664 here, but wouldn’t you rather quaff a Kilkenny, Kwak or Tripel Karmeliet? Situated on a busy corner near the Montparnasse train station, the terrasse (covered and heated in the colder months) offers endless people-watching, and if the TV isn’t showing sports, it’s really bad music videos.  The decent tap selection is rounded out by a collection of about 100 bottled beers, which come from all around the world and even feature a few organic beers and even one that’s gluten-free.

Practical information

Address: 59 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006
Nearest transport: Montparnasse Bienvenüe (4, 6, 12, 13)
Hours: Every day 7am-3:30am (happy hour 6pm-8pm)
Telephone: 01 45 48 27 70
Average price for beer: 7.80-9€ for pints, 6.50€ for 33 cl bottles
Number of taps: 15
Average price for food: 9-15€
Food options: mussels, salads, sandwiches, omelettes, planches
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Académie de la Bière

Long a favorite among students, the bustling “Beer Academy” is a worthwhile stop for any enthusiast of Belgian beer.  On tap or bottled, the beer offerings are predominantly Belgian, with a few French, German, and Czech options for good measure.  Food is served at all hours of the day, and the two large patios are covered and heated in the winter.  Service can be slow, but the bartenders and servers are beer lovers themselves, so don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations.

Practical information

Address: 88 bis boulevard de Port Royal, 75005
Nearest transport: Port Royal (RER B), Raspail (4, 6)
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00am-2:00am, Friday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00am (happy hour 3:30pm-7:30pm)
Telephone: 01 43 54 66 65
Average price for beer: 8€ for pints (5.50€ during happy hour), 6-7€ for 33cl bottles
Number of taps: 12
Average price for food: 8-15€
Food options: mussels, sausages, salads, tartines, planches
Website

Additional reviews

Académie de la Bière page on Beer Advocate

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Fish (La Boissonnerie)

This popular restaurant and wine bar run by Drew Harre and Juan Sanchez is a sort of Anglo haven, excellent for a quick glass, a solo dinner at the bar, or for those times when you’re just tired of speaking French. Current chef Oliver Clarke is turning out some really solid food. 

  An absolute favorite

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L’Envol Québécois

Run by a quiet but goofily friendly Québécois (with the accent to prove it), this cozy spot is one of the only places in Paris to find Canadian brews like La Fin du Monde or St. Ambroise. The shelves are lined with jugs of maple syrup and the walls decorated with snowshoes. Stacks of books, puzzles, and board games (including an all-but-unknown-in-France cribbage board!) make it easy to while away a few hours in convivial company.

Practical information

Address: 30 Rue Lacépède, 75005
Nearest transport: Place Monge (7)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 6:00pm-2:00am
Telephone: 01 45 35 53 93
Average price for beer: 6-8€ for pints, 9-10€ for 34 cl bottles
Number of taps: 7
Average price for food: 15-17€
Food options“hambourgeois”, plat du jour

Reviews of Interest

Presentement (2012) “A la carte et selon les arrivages, des bières de brasseurs québécois… Malgré leur prix élevée (8€ les 33cl), on se laisse enivrer par leur goût unique.”

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La Crèmerie

Natural wines, great products, in an exquisite old space. Slightly draconian hours.

Practical information

Address: 9 rue des Quatre-Vents, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Their hours are complicated and seem to change a lot. Our latest understanding is as follows: they are open for selling wine Monday, 3:30pm-8:30pm and Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30am-10pm. They serve lunch Tuesday-Thursday, noon-1:30pm and Friday-Saturday, 1pm-2:30pm. Come for apéro hour Monday 4pm-9pm and Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-7pm. Dinner is served Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm-8:30pm. Closed Sunday.
Reservations: Accepted for dinner only. Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 43 54 99 30
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: classic French, small plates
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Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) “The little bites are wonders: Albacore tuna from the île d’Yeu, little smoked trout terrine, blood sausage with onions from La Maison Galland in Touraine, authentic ham and Bordier butter sandwich. As for the nectars, glasses of red (Roussilon Tam-Tam du Domaine du Bout du Monde at €7 a glass) and white (Touraine Petit Buisson du Clos du Tue-Boeuf at €7 a glass).”

Caves du Panthéon

Nearly 100 years old, this shop offers stacks and stacks of estate-bottled wines from all regions of France.

Practical information

Address: 174 rue Saint Jacques, 75005
Nearest transport: Cluny – La Sorbonne (10) or Luxembourg (RER B)
Hours: closed Sunday
Telephone: 01 46 33 90 35

Reviews of interest

Dr. Vino (2007) “…would be ‘worth a journey’ if Michelin rated wine shops…”

Wine Terroirs (2007) “…this caviste gathers more artisan wines than you’ll probably need. Very good selection, including some upcoming winemakers…”

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Le Barav’

This friendly upper Marais wine bar serves simple charcuterie, cheese, salads, and sandwiches to go along with 5€ glasses, or a bottle from their cave next door. In the summer, there’s a great terrace on the street.

Practical information

Address: 6 rue Charles François Dupuis, 75003
Nearest transport: République (3, 5, 8, 9, 11)
Hours: Lunch, Monday-Friday; dinner, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Reservations: Last minute booking usually OK
Telephone: 01 48 04 57 59
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Classic French
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Reviews of interest 

Paris Bouge (2013) “Parce qu’il fait à la fois office de bar, de restaurant, de cave à vin et d’épicerie, le Barav et sa cave mitoyenne offrent tout ce dont on peut rêver pour un apéritif bien français.”

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Bibovino

This is one wine shop that’s thinking outside the box by thinking inside the box. Don’t worry–it’s not the Franzia of your youth. Bibovino’s bright purple boxed wines come from high-quality, small producers and are available by the glass, carafe, or box.

Practical information

Address: 35 rue Charlot, 75003 (inside the Marché des Enfants Rouges)
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Mondays, Open all day Tuesday-Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 71 14 08
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Additional Locations

Address: 14 rue Poncelet, 75017
Nearest transport: Ternes (2)
Hours: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday-Sunday
Telephone: 01 47 64 89 01

 Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2013) “Les créateurs de BiBoVINo parmi lesquels Olivier Baussan, auquel on doit Olivier & Co n’y sont pas alles avec le culot de la bouteille pour élaborer la gamme dc nectars confidentiels de leur carte magicien de la cave du Lafavette Gourmet pendant une vingtaine d’annees, Bruno Quemouv sélectionne lui même les leferences parmi lesquelles des cuvees spéciales.”

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La Buvette

A simple spot where you can taste bottles of excellent natural wines alongside a few small plates from proprietor Camille Fourmont, formerly the bar manager at Le Dauphin. Not to be confused with the other Buvette, this off-the-beaten path bar (that is technically a shop where you can buy bottles) was selected as the Best Cave à Manger by Le Fooding.

Practical information

Address: 67 rue Saint Maur, 75011
Nearest transport: Rue Saint-Maur (3), Saint-Ambroise (9)
Hours: Closed Mondays; Open Tuesday-Friday 5:30-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-10pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone:  09 83 56 94 11
Average price for lunch: 20-34€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: small plates & tapas
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Reviews of interest

Isabelle Legeron (2014) “…feels like someone’s front room, filled with beautiful curios. You can’t book and, because of licensing, you have to eat as well (mostly cold snacks such as mackerel or saucisson) but it’s well worth the visit. A small but tasty selection of wines is available by the glass and bottle; try the Julien Courtois if it’s on the list.”

Aaron Ayscough (2013) “The wine selection…is mostly natural – Fourmont’s only criterion is that she quite sensibly wishes to sell only wine she adores. This means a cast of superb producers, on whom she and I enthusiastically agree -Métras, the Courtois clan, Domaine ValetteAlexandre Bain.”

Le Fooding (2013) “On intériorise le plaisir d’y déguster du « sec » d’Aubrac avec du beurre Bordier au sel fumé (à étaler sur une tranche de gros pain de Stéphane Vandermeersch), des sardinillas de Galice, des olives de Lucques, de gros haricots blancs saupoudrés de zestes de bergamote, du foie gras de canard et piments confits, du magret séché avec beurre à la vanille, de la fourme d’Ambert, des conserves de champignons préparées par maman, de la ricotta à la confiture de coing maison et huile de noisette…”

Oliver Strand (2013) “She favors obscure wines that don’t cost a lot, cult bottles from unorthodox vintners whose labels often look like arty liner notes…The food is also simple and honest.”

Emmanuel Rubin (2013) “Une gastronomie de vagabondage vertueux, juvénile, naïf, délicieusement amateur qui n’a de mérite qu’à améliorer l’idée d’un casse-croûtage contemporain. On s’en contentera!”

La Fine Mousse

La Fine Mousse

Boasting the very best selection of craft beers on tap in Paris, as well as a bottle collection that brings the total offer up to 150 different beers, La Fine Mousse is certainly one of the city’s most well-stocked beer bars.  It’s also one of the most expensive.  French craft beers share real estate with lesser-known Belgians and German brews, with room left over for the USA, the Netherlands, and less-represented places like Norway and Italy to show off their brewing prowess.  The meticulously curated beer list includes deep tracks from Brasserie St. Germain and Brewdog, and the descriptions (in French or English) will help you find just the beer you’re looking for.  Serious beer geeks abound, the quiet atmosphere of the early evening eventually giving way to a lively party vibe as the social lubricant kicks in.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 6 avenue Jean Aicard, 75011
Nearest transport: Rue St. Maur (3), Ménilmontant (2)
Hours: Every day, 5pm-2am
Telephone: 09 80 45 94 64
Average price for beer: 4-7€ for demis, 6-13€ for 33cl bottles
Number of taps: 20
Average price for food: 12€
Food options: planches of cheese, charcuterie, or both
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Additional reviews

Haven in Paris (2014) “There’s no denying the quality of the ingredients or the creativity of the menu at LFM Restaurant. Like any innovative new venture, there are still a few wrinkles to iron out, especially considering the price point, but if you like craft beer and provocative food, or are simply curious, take a few friends and give La Fine Mousse a try.”
La Fine Mousse page on Beer Advocate

Le Figaro (2013) “Ouvert l’été dernier, un passage obligé pour tous les toqués du malt et du houblon. Entièrement dédié aux bières artisanales, le lieu joue la carte d’un certain modernisme avec ses murs bruts et pierres apparentes et ses becs chromés alignés derrière le bar. Les références du moment sont annotées à la craie sur le tableau noir. Il ne reste plus qu’à se laisser guider pour choisir.”

The Daily Croissant (2013) “A cozy bar serving 150 different quality beers from around the world, it also offers around twenty pressions, served right on tap.  These are constantly being switched in and out, so there’s always something new to try.  Blondes, reds, stouts, porters, IPAs, the list goes on and on.  Feeling adventurous?  Try the Old Crustacean Barleywine, their strongest beer on tap at 11.5% ABV.  If you’re overwhelmed by the wealth of options, the bartenders are friendly, knowledgeable, and always let you have a taste before committing to anything.”

Paris Bouge (2012) “Les créateurs de La Fine Mousse sont peut être en train de changer une habitude. Celle qui consiste à considérer la bière comme un alcool d’happy hour, sans caractère et sans identité. En effet, depuis 1 mois, ce bar élégant, à l’opposé de la taverne et de l’ambiance pub, propose de déguster une sélection de bières étonnantes et variées: 20 bières en pression en alternance selon les semaines et de nombreuses bouteilles.”
Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2012) “Given the size of the craft beer market in numerous other major cities, Paris’ stagnant beer scene has long presented an untapped opportunity. So I was overjoyed to learn that, with the soft opening last month of a majestic twenty-tap beer bar called La Fine Mousse in a quiet square off rue Oberkampf, some enterprising young Frenchmen have at last seized the moment… The highlights of some recent trips to La Fine Mousse have instead been a balanced and lightly spiced local IPA from Brasserie Outland, in Bagnolet, and Spezial’s impressively weird Rauchbier, or smoked lager, redolent of bacon…”