After two years of spinning its wheels, Paris dining has hit the ground running in a flurry of exciting new openings. Newcomers offer everything from over-the-top glamour to laid-back gourmandise. But no matter how stylish, elegant, or refreshingly casual, every chef on our list emphasizes the freshest seasonal produce—local, when possible—to be enjoyed with natural wines that respect the earth. Here’s our selection of 10 standout new restaurants worth traveling to France for.
WHERE: 20th Arrondissement
Top chef contender Pauline Séné’s marble-and-mirror-clad dining room, perched in the Ménilmontant neighborhood in the artsy 20th, is a shining example of what makes the new generation of Paris’s gastronomic bistros (“bistronomy”) so compelling. Her ravishing small dishes at Fripon both surprise and delight: Noirmoutier oysters in coriander-flecked nuoc mam sauce with kumquat zest and pickled onions, leek ravioli in haddock cream with green apple and dill, and melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooked lamb on a bed of red cabbage with crisp-tart pomegranate. All dishes are served with a curated selection of natural wines. At lunch, go for the views of Paris and excellent-value menus (€21, €25). But to experience the full range of what this gifted chef can do, opt for the seven-course tasting menu at dinner (€75), served by candlelight on immaculate white linens.
WHERE: 10th Arrondissement
Upbeat color-block walls, casual tables, and a totally relaxed atmosphere belie a sophisticated, wildly ambitious cuisine imbued with a sense of curiosity and fun at Mache. Chef Michaël Gamet aims high in sculptural dishes that artfully juxtapose texture, color, and flavor. Expect earthy smoked eel topped with lacquered root veggies flanked by shaved cauliflower against a black rice tuile or the crisp asparagus served over a dash of vivid leek mayonnaise with a dollop of black garlic and grapefruit purée flecked with puffed rice and pickled walnuts. Desserts are equally creative and enticing. At €25 and €32 for two or three-course menus at lunch and €68 for a tasting menu at dinner, including wine pairings, it’s one of the city’s better bargains.
WHERE: 8th Arrondissement
Expect over-the-top glamour at this elegant mahogany-paneled mansion inhabited in turns by a member of the Nobel family and a Parisian arms dealer. A backstory befitting Maison Russe‘s swanky mix of sophistication and indulgence, where mirrors reflect the glint of candlelight and silver on snowy linens and the caviar and king crab are washed down with icy vodka and champagne. An authentic Russian singer and dancer accompanied by two musicians work the rooms to enhance the festive mood while happy diners tuck into billowy blueberry pavlovas. Sumptuous private dining rooms on the upper floors invite intimate suppers or parties.
The ground-floor bar and a romantic outdoor terrace, newly opened in June, are equally opulent. Prices are commensurate with quality, which is fastidiously top-notch. And you can bring it home—the on-site boutique cum gourmet shop carries all the restaurant’s fresh delicacies, preserves, desserts, and a selection of high-end Maison Russe-themed gifts.
WHERE: 3rd Arrondissement
We might be tempted to write off this chic black-fronted eatery as just another trendy Marais newcomer, but not so fast. In the hands of chef Baptiste Trudel, Datsha Underground‘s sleek duplex dining room’s appeal aligns with his impressive culinary chops. Working from an open kitchen, Trudel and his team roll out intriguing dishes that sound unlikely on paper but are a triumph on the plate: a delicious flatbread starter pairing velvety lardo with anchovies with orange blossom and sweet onions, or tender beef tripe with mussels and laksa sauce, a Malaysian staple.
INSIDER TIPAfter dinner, head down to the secret bar in the basement (the “underground”), offering craft cocktails, DJ sets, and a hefty dose of chic until the wee hours.
WHERE: 16th Arrondissement
This festive new Italian eatery, Bambini, in the Palais de Tokyo contemporary arts center fills a big gap in a neighborhood short on casual, reasonably priced, and worthwhile dining experiences and long on world-class museums (the Musée Guimet, Palais Galliera fashion museum, Musée Yves Saint Laurent and Musée d’Art Moderne are all a stone’s throw away). Copious dishes of Italian comfort food dominate Bambini’s menu: crisp-tender arancini, rigatoni with pesto, and a half-dozen thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas, including a terrific burrata and black truffle pie. Tiramisu or a giant slice of tangy lemon cake top off the meal. It’s open till 2 am, so if you have a late-night craving to stay or go for a pizza, this is the place.
INSIDER TIPThe terraces wrap around the Palais de Tokyo in warm weather, and its sprawling central courtyard offers stunning views of the Eiffel Tower.
WHERE: 10th Arrondissement
At Sapid, globetrotting multi-starred chef Alain Ducasse (who earned his vegetarian creds at his three-star luxury eatery at the Plaza Athénée) takes us from the sublime to the accessible. With a veggie-centric menu designed by Ducasse protégés Roman Meder and Marvic Medina, this new outpost in the Bohemian-chic 10th arrondissement gives a gastronomic twist to well-sourced simple plates. Whether a made-in-Paris burrata with champignons de Paris or a roasted celery root sandwich with herbed lettuces and smoked trout, no dish will set you back more than €14, so a table of two or three can easily try them all.
Lunch is served cafeteria style (or takeout) at long marble tables, but with a bit more panache at dinner when diners are served at table. Expect good, well-priced natural wines by the glass or bottle.
WHERE: 4th Arrondissement
Though this wine bar on the historic Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe opened in June 2022, it’s already a favorite go-to spot for a chic atmosphere, small plates, and natural wines from around the world. Olivier Garcia, ex-sous-chef to Clément Vergeat at the one-star restaurant Tamara, presides over a small but tantalizing menu at Nellu that includes a scrumptious oyster gratin with miso and caramelized shallots with pressed beef shoulder and seaweed and rhubarb. A knowledgeable and friendly staff can steer you to some gems from their far-flung cellar to perfectly pair with each dish.
Halle aux Grains
WHERE: 1st Arrondissement
Three-Michelin star father-and-son-team Michel and Sébastien Bras reign over Halle aux Grains‘ minimalist dining room, crowning the new Bourse de Commerce, an 18th-century building that was once Paris’s grain exchange. The light-drenched space, reimagined by architect Tadao Ando, offers rare views over Les Halles to the Centre Pompidou. A grain-centric menu (hence the name), features dishes like merlu fish in a crispy buckwheat butter crust or venison filet with lentil sprouts, and irresistible desserts all made in-house and assembled to order. The wine list features 30 signature wines specially crafted for the Bras by distinguished winemakers whose blends you’ll only taste here.
INSIDER TIPIt’s the perfect place for lunch, teatime, an apéro, or dinner before or after visiting the collection, but the private entrance is open for non-museum goers too.
WHERE: 12th Arrondissement
Passerina, the new pint-sized wine bar brought to us by Italian chef Giovanni Passerini, is the perfect spot for an apéro and a snack after a day of museum-hopping or shopping. In cool weather, diners sit around a bar, central table, or narrow side counters. On warmer days, diners spill out onto a terrace abutting Passerini’s Italian restaurant across the street, all on a pretty square between the Bastille and the Gare de Lyon. A signature list of all-natural French and Italian wines are supplemented by small bites, including a mini pastrami sandwich, mussels steamed in wine, or—if you wait around long enough—the freshly made pasta of the night offered to everyone in the bar.
WHERE: 9th Arrondissement
The third and latest in Chinese-French restaurateur Céline Chung’s suite of Chinese restaurants, Bleu Bao, is her most evocative yet. The downstairs of the duplex dining room is done up in the traditional blue and white of Chinese porcelain, stylishly accented with neon touches, plush banquettes, and glittery tabletops. Upstairs, velvet daybeds and deep chairs invite lounging while sipping ginger, litchi, or osmanthe-flower-infused cocktails inspired by China. Amandine Sepulcre-Huang cooks up inspired dim sum dishes and bao buns in various degrees of spiciness in dishes like char sui bao, braised barbecued pork in steamed brioche, or deliciously melting eggplant in aubergines hong shoa. Dishes range from about €8-€14 and are perfect for sharing.