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Restaurants in Bastille

From traditional creperies to modern South American cooking, the Bastille food scene is brilliantly diverse

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The Bastille food scene brims with exciting dishes, from French classics at creperies, brasseries and posh seafood restaurants, to less familiar modern cooking from South American and Africa. Check out our hand-picked selection of the best local restaurants below.

The best restaurants in Bastille

Waly Fay

Critics' choice

The venue is elegantly simple, the lighting is moody and the hi-fi is set on 'world music'. Welcome to Waly Fay, where those in the know come to dine on dishes from across West Africa and the Antilles. Regulars navigate the menu of accra, boudin, mafé, thiep, yassa and n'dole cuisines with ease, while newbies are guided along by the helpful staff.Falling squarely in the latter category, we played it safe by first ordering the trademark dish of West Africa, aloco...

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Charonne

L'Ecailler du Bistrot

With its beautiful old model sailing boats, lobsters, shells and bottles of sand everywhere, l’Ecailler du Bistrot feels a little like a fishing boat during the calm after the storm.Decide between, for example, incredible platters of fruits de mer, oyster selections or the lobster set menu – 12 oysters and a half lobster with fries and pudding. Aside from shellfish, there are also things like scallop carpaccio, turbot and sole meunière – but most people will plump for a gargauntuan plate of crustaceans...

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Charonne

La Pulpéria

Critics' choice

The Meat at La Pulpéria comes with a capital M, served in a noisy, welcoming little dining room and whipped up in white-tiled kitchen by talented Argentinean chef Fernando Di Tomaso and his South American team. The menu changes daily, but on our visit it all began with crunchy calf’s sweetbreads accompanied by a few girolles mushrooms and a cep sauce, and a pretty cod ceviche surrounded with fine slices of sweet potato, avocado purée and a splash of lemon juice...

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Charonne

Caffé dei Cioppi

Critics' choice

Lightening struck when this minuscule Italian trattoria, run by Fabrizio and Federica Mancioppi, opened three years ago. And it still wows today thanks to outstanding dishes like sausage and red wine risotto, garlicky shellfish linguine, Italian charcuterie, tangy Sicilian lasagnes, creamy burrata and sbrisolona – almond biscuits dipped in mascarpone cream (don’t tell the chef, but they taste good when dunked in red wine too!)...

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Bones

Critics' choice

This is one of Time Out's top 50 things to do in Paris this summer. Click here to see the full list. Youthful self-taught Aussie chef James Henry flexes his muscles, tattoos and chutzpah at this new venture where the ingredients are the stars of the show. Book several weeks in advance for the no-choice four-course tasting menu at €47 a head, served in the 25-seater dining room, or try the bar for craft beers, freshly-shucked oysters and homemade charcuterie...

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Charonne

La Crêperie bretonne fleurie de l'épouse du marin

Critics' choice

The spectacularly-named ‘flower-filled Breton crêperie run by a sailor's wife’ feels like the haunt of old sea-dogs, all wood, old posters, antique objects and postcards from all over the world, giving the place an immediate charm – a little piece of the ancient Brittany region of Armorica in the 11th.The menu offers a wide, if not exhaustive, choice of crêpes and galettes – the origin of the ingredients is carefully marked...

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Charonne

Unico

Architect Marcelo Joulia and photographer Enrique Zanoni were wise enough to retain the vintage 1970s decor of this former butcher's shop when they opened their temple to Argentinian beef. Orange tiles and matching light fixtures provide the backdrop for the fashionable, black-dressed crowd that comes here for thick slabs of meat grilled over charcoal and served with a selection of sauces...

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Eastern Paris

Amici Miei

Amici Miei, (‘my friends’), is an authentic Sardinian trattoria, the sort that feeds you up with all the flavours of Italy. Carpaccio and salads compete for starters (€8 to €19), followed by generous pasta or risotto dishes (€12 to €21) and thin crust pizzas (€9 to €17). At dessert, special mention goes to the strawberry and basil panacotta. Marry it all together with a good wine from the transalpine selection, delivered by relaxed and efficient waiters. All this adds up to a place that’s never empty...

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11th arrondissement

Gentle Gourmet

If vegetarian restaurants are on the rise in Paris, vegan can still be a challenge to track down. It’s a tough sell, especially in France: the savoir-faire and imagination required to produce good cooking without any animal products, including milk and eggs.This American enterprise does well. The sober black and white room, strung with origami shapes, happily looks more like a business lunch venue than a hippy hang-out...

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Eastern Paris

Miss Lunch

Critics' choice

Until the launch of her public cooking station, Miss Lunch was a clandestine cordon bleu cook at her supper club Lunch in the Loft. She still serves her inspired creations privately, but now also cooks in the Première Pression Provence boutique in the heart of the Aligre neighbourhood.From Belgium and Canada, her Egyptian-South African family made frequent trips to the Italian island Pantelleria, all important creative cooking influences on Miss Lunch...

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Gare de Lyon
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