From dive bars to serious cocktail haunts, French restaurants to wine bars, we share our must-not-miss addresses.
One weekend in Paris and way too many choices? Forget about spending hours researching everything and let us do the hard work.
Bistro: Le Petit Vendôme 75002
Bustling, rustic authentic cuisine from the Auvergne, in the heart of tourist town. Order the Pot au Feu in Winter, or Steak Frites (pavé de rumsteak – saignante – sauce au poivre) in times of warmer weather.
We also adore Au Boeuf Couronné in the Parc de la Vilette, a true nod back to the French bistro belle époque.
Bistronomy: L’Abri 75009
The hardest place in Paris to get a reservation, your best chance is to call on the day and hope for some cancellations. €45 no choice, five course, Japanese inspired French cuisine that will blow your mind.
Should Abri prove impossible, try cave à manger Le Verre Volé 75010 just next to the Canal Saint Martin, where you can also buy a solid selection of natural wine.
Brunch: The Bottle Shop 75011
Great tunes, fatty foods and damn spicy €5 Bloody Mary’s make this spot our favourite for Sunday brunch. The full english is the way to go, with extra Tabasco on the eggs and HP Sauce on the sausages.
If you prefer something French, you should go to Chez Casimir 75010 and gorge on the all-you can eat Breton buffet and natural wines.
Cheese & Charcuterie: La Quincaillerie 75010
Worth ordering simply for the wow factor, this enormous cheese board is laced with the most delicate truffled brie, creamy goats cheese and smacking comté. Served alongside a canopy of various cured meats and cornichons, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a cold bottle of Pouilly Fumé.
You could also try the more rustic pâté-laden alternative at Le Petit Chateau d’Eau 75010
Cocktails: Red House 75011
Red House is an all-rounder. There will always be a €5 Negroni on the menu, alongside seasonal cocktails, spicy nachos, cracking music and happy hour. Sunday nights during NFL Season, get comfortable with buffalo wings and blue cheese sauce.
We also love Pasdeloup 75011, for something a little more polished with matching plates.
Crepes: Breizh Cafe 75003
Disastrously popular for very good reasons, this is one address worth waiting for a table on a Saturday afternoon. Crispy, airy buckwheat gallettes with all necessary trimmings from Brittany – whether your poison is salted caramel or something more savoury.
We also love the Breton crepe stand at the Marché Président Wilson 75008 on a Wednesday & Saturday morning.
Market: Marché Saint Martin 75010
The perfect local market with accommodating opening hours. Our favourite stands are Boucherie Lévêque, for paupiettes, cote de boeuf and terrine forestière. And Laurent Bouvet, a fromager since 1987, for Brillat Savarin à la truffé, butter La Baratte des Gourmets (and Bordier) and pungent Époisses de Bourgogne.
For a very different market experience, try Marché d’Aligre 75012 with a mini-flea market every Sunday.
Wine: DUNE 75011
A democratic, objective wine list and long sweeping zinc bar. The choices here are not swayed by region, reputation, trends or political movements. Everything on the list here is on there because its great drinking, and best of all can be bought to takeaway.
If you want something more rustic and cheap cheap cheap, try Le Baron Rouge 75012
Last updated April 2016