The best tapas bars in Paris

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

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La Prune folle

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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 with a few Formica tables, random second hand Chinese lamps, family photos and period wallpaper. And while the design definitely counts in its favour (take a look downstairs), the relaxed ambiance and the tasting menu are the icing on this cupcake. “We wanted to create a place where you

  1. 33 rue de Crussol, 11e
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Les 36 Corneil

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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, to the room with its big windows and warm atmosphere, it’s easy to settle in. No pretentious clientele here, but rather the neighbourhood regulars drinking a glass of wine or a bottle à la ficelle (you only pay for what you drink) chosen with the wise counsel of the

  1. 36 rue de Rochechouart, 9e
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Chair de Poule

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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. Order a whole bunch of things to share and you’ll be able to taste everything from baba ghannouj (puréed aubergine with spices) to oysters, then salmon tartare with mango and sesame, pork with miso, sea bass tartare with pomegranate and pain perdu with figs. As you

  1. 141 rue Saint-Maur, 11e
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Aux Deux Amis

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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. Here you can chat with your neighbours while good-naturedly knocking into each other, wines and beers in hand. Then, it’s time to eat. The melting ‘Tortilla de Janine’, the princely acorn-fed ham with grilled almonds, the brilliant house mozzarella… according to the whims of the

  1. 45 rue Oberkampf, 11e
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Le Blah Blah

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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. The atmosphere is buzzy, boozy and friendly, with patrons seated around big communal tables on jolly orange banquettes, and there’s also a pretty, quiet terrace outside.The tapas menu changes with

  1. 4 cour des Petites Ecuries, 10e
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Le Bistrot du Vin Qui Danse!

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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. There’s a great range of organic wines, many available by the glass, and an inventive menu of apéritifs and cocktails.The tables tend to be under assault at dinnertime, so you’re advised to

  1. 128 rue Oberkampf, 75011
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Toro

  • Price band: 3/4

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. As well as tapas, there’s delicious paella with black rice or an Iberian hamburger with touron (nougat) from Alicante, accompanied by a good bottle of Rioja and iced jijonas sweets. During the evening, the Toro opens its basement for amazing DJ sets of electro-Latino and flamenco. A small downer is

  1. 74 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1er
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Candelaria

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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, where the neighbourhood’s youth come to sip margaritas or the house specials, like the guêpe verte [green wasp] (tequila, lime, pepper, cucumber, spices and agave syrup).On the food

  1. 52 rue de Saintonge, 3e
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Mil'A

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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, Chez Mil’a is all about the young and fashionable, fresh from a Colette shopping spree. With its laid back vibe and urban reclamation look, complete with low-hanging lightbulbs and chalkboard walls, refectory style tables and scrubbed wood flooring. Busy to the point of heaving,

  1. 11 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, 75001
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Andy Wahloo

  • Price band: 3/4

Andy Wahloo (wahloo meaning ‘I have nothing’ in Arabic) is a hip little bar that channels the king of pop art, Andy Warhol, through a Moroccan village. In a pretty private building in the Marais owned by the Mazouz brothers, this kitsch alternative bar fits in nicely with its trendy neighbouring restaurants Le Derrière and Le 404. It’s decorated with kitchen supplies from 70s Moroccan homes – paint pots as poufs, washing powder packets papering the walls – and

  1. 69 rue des Gravilliers, 3e
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