There’s nothing Parisians love more than a new place to eat, drink, be merry, and discuss the merits of organic, locally-sourced produce. The 10 restaurants, bars, and cafés below have all created a buzz since opening in 2017 and resident and visiting foodies are lining up to try them. Trust us, so should you.
Street Bangkok Canteen & Bar │ Courtesy of Street Bangkok Canteen & Bar
Into the bustling arena of bars and restaurants that is Bastille enters a vibrant new contender for your gastronomic attention: Street Bangkok Canteen & Bar. Its team of Thai chefs has devised a menu of authentic dishes that are fast making this street food restaurant and takeout the hottest ticket in the 11th arrondissement, and not just because of the preponderance of chili peppers. For the full experience, opt for the tasting menu and enjoy it under the neon lights of this little slice of Bangkok in Paris.
Delicious galette at Candelma │ Courtesy of Candelma
Candelma is a chic new option for those in the mood for a crêpe, one of France’s most traditional dishes. The organic gluten-free or vegetarian crêpes range from €8 to €13 (US$8.70 to US$14.20) and include such delicious recipes as homemade gravlax with spinach, oyster cream, potato and yuzu or ribboned radish, zucchini, carrot, parsnip, beetroot, ginger, and cilantro with Wasabi peas. On weekdays, the €13 (US$14.20) lunch menu will also get you a drink and a sweet crêpe to finish and the Saturday brunch is well worth the €22 (US$24.00). You can wash all of this down with a glass of gluten-free cider, sourced from eco-responsible suppliers.
Opened in January, Tavline has brought a fresh burst of Tel Avivian energy to the Marais’ diverse restaurant scene. The restaurant’s cool blue façade pointedly evokes the waters of the Mediterranean and its name, the Hebrew word for ‘spices’, is a nod to the city’s innovative cuisine and the menu’s embracing of regional flavors such as za’atar. Inspired by family recipes, Kobi Villot-Malka and Keren Benichou offer, among other delights, their take on the classic Israeli dish shakshuka and the saliva-inducing stir-fried squid and yellow beetroot, with an onion cream and Goldstar-beer sauce.
Absolutely everything at Le Grand Breguet, a hip new restaurant, canteen, and bar in the 11th arrondissement, is locally-sourced, organic, and seasonal. Open all day—well, almost, from 8am till 2am—and every day, its gluten-free menus include vegetarian, vegan, meat, egg, and fish options, all of them fresher than fresh and made in-house (and with love). It also hosts concerts and exhibitions, is available for private events, and, remarkably—all of its furniture and fixtures are for sale! You could easily spend a weekend here, eating, drinking, chilling out on the sun-filled terrace, and even indulging in high-octane games of ping pong or foosball.
This new arrival in the 9th arrondissement is the most polished offering to meet Parisians’ growing demand for Mexican cuisine. Chefs Daniel Ovadia and Salvador Orozco are behind Isla Calaca, a gourmet restaurant and taqueria. Some of the highlights of the extensive menu are the tacos with marinated beef tail, braised cauliflower purée, tomato salad and oregano for just €8 (US$8.70) and shrimp tacos with cacti, onion and green chili, black bean sauce and avocado leaves are still reasonable €20 (US$21.80).
The team at Little Mana, led by head chef Nadia Michaud (the ‘little mother’ herself), are all about sharing their best culinary finds from their travels in the United States and the Mediterranean. Upstairs you have a simple and friendly restaurant offering neo-bistro cuisine and downstairs there’s a wine cellar where you can pick up a few choice bottles of natural wine to take home with you. The fresh produce comes direct from local craftsmen or small producers in the Île de France region or from the Marché Saint-Quentin just a few hundred meters away.
Exquisite dish at the Saint James Paris│ Courtesy of Saint James Paris – Relais & Chateaux
Having been awarded the title of Best Craftsman of France (M.O.F.) in 2007, Chef Jean-Luc Rocha arrived at the Saint James in January this year with a decade’s more experience and expertise under his belt. A classicist at heart, he is meticulous about the ingredients he incorporates into his dishes and ensures that they always contain something pleasantly unexpected for the diner. Indeed, the restaurant’s Surprise Menu at €140 (US$153) is the best way to experience the range of his creativity. You can also sit out on the 300-square-meter terrace (3,330-square-feet) where Paris’ hot air balloons used to take flight or in the dark-paneled library bar.
Open day and night since January, Anouk at the Amastan, one of Paris’ chicest new hotels, is a new spot for trendy travelers and creative Parisians to meet and drink in the 8th arrondissement. Whether you’re looking for a quick coffee, a working lunch, or a cocktail session that lasts into the night, this is the place to be. Far from a standard hotel bar, Anouk is an independent venue with its own elegant and relaxed vibe. Try the house favorite cocktail, the Abogado (lawyer), which is made with mezcal, minced avocado, and homemade eucalyptus syrup.
Khayma at the Generator Hostel Paris | Courtesy of Khayma
Ascend nine floors to the rooftop of the Generator Hostel, one of a growing number of design-oriented, low-cost places to stay in Paris, and you’ll arrive at Khayma. Freshly opened in April, the bar offers spectacular views of Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur and a menu of classic and signature cocktails, such as the Khayma Martini, made with Moroccan coffee, a touch of cardamom and pomegranate, or the Persian Rose, concocted from rose water and cherry liqueur. You can also enjoy a few light dishes influenced by Middle Eastern cuisine, including grilled chicken with harissa, and pita bread with hummus and sweet red peppers.
Goodies at Stoney Clove Bakery │ Courtesy of Stoney Clove Bakery
Not even a week old at the time of writing, the Stoney Clove Bakery has created a flurry of excitement in the Montorgueil district. This American bakery has its roots in the Catskill Mountains and has everything stylish Parisians need to satisfy their sugary cravings: cookies, brownies, puddings, pies, cakes, Ding Dongs, and pretty much everything else sweet and delicious that you can name. Hurry down there before all the goodies are snapped up by the locals!