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The best tapas bars in Paris

The trend for tapas is sweeping Paris. Try our pick of the best

La Prune folle

Proprietors Sol and Victor welcome their customers with broad smiles at La Prune Folle [the crazy plum]. Opened in April 2012, this café-bar elegantly encapsulates the trend for vintage twee...

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11th arrondissement

Martin

Critics' choice

A former barman at Au Passage, Loïc Martin opened his eponymous tapas bar and bistro with an emphasis on local and organic produce. Everything here is homemade, and the space is cosy and simple: exposed stone walls, a carpeted veranda, massive (but discreet) heaters, and jars of silverware on every table...

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Saint-Ambroise

Les 36 Corneil

Note the address well, because there’s no other sign to indicate the whereabouts of this tapas bar, opened at the end of 2010 by a chap called Cornélius (whence the name). But once you do find your way inside...

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9th arrondissement

Chair de Poule

The only shivers you’ll get at the Chair de Poule [goose bumps] are those of pleasure – both from their electric cocktails and from their menu, which fuses all sorts of exotic ingredients in high-class tapas... 

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Oberkampf

Aux Deux Amis

Be warned: don’t rock up at Aux Deux Amis on a Friday night expecting to sit down. If, like most people, you haven’t reserved, you’ll be staking out a few square centimetres at the bar...

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Oberkampf

Le Blah Blah

Le Blah Blah is a quietly classy tapas bar and restaurant, located in the hip Strasbourg Saint-Denis area but hidden away from the crowds on a little side street. There’s no greasy chorizo or patatas bravas here, but top quality ingredients cooked in small, perfectly formed dishes...

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Château d'Eau

Le Bistrot du Vin Qui Danse!

Le Bistrot du Vin qui Danse! is a friendly wine bar where the jolly atmosphere attracts fans of good wine and good cheer. Take a seat in the little bar with its bare stone walls decorated with pretty murals of coloured frescoes, though mind the loud music and people shouting to be heard...

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Oberkampf

Toro

A bar-restaurant where you can get a bit of Spanish sun by dancing to live Andulasian flamenco while you wait for your tapas order, in a convivial atmosphere with an original menu...

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Les Halles

Candelaria

Has Paris woken up to the temptations of the taco? Apparently so, thanks to this taqueria, with its almost totally expat clientele (English and American rather than Mexican). The tiny white room with its open kitchen, a few stools and communal tables doesn’t give a hint of the hip bar behind...

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3rd arrondissement

Mil'A

One of Paris’ most fashionable restaurants, Chez Mil’a, has quickly become the place to go in the centre of town. While other establishments around the Louvre area appeal to a moneyed, older crowd...

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1st arrondissement

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