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The best tapas and small plates in Paris

Snack and sip at these trendy small plates restaurants, serving everything from Portuguese cheeses to briny oysters

By Megan Carnegie Brown and Zazie Tavitian

Tapas might be thought of as a Spanish art but Paris has quickly caught onto the small plates trend - no longer are salted peanuts the only option for snacking while you drink. The city is bursting with trendy joints which put as much thought into satisfying our hunger, as quenching our thirst. Not to mention that Parisian stronghold: wine bars serving quality charcuterie and cheese. Prepare to have your tastebuds tickled by the best small plates spots in Paris.

Le Mary Céleste

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Le Marais
What should I order? Oysters or other less fishy tapas dishes with one of their zingy cocktails.

1 rue Commines, 3rd

L’avant comptoir du marché

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Tapas bars Odéon
What should I order? All things big (pâtés, terrines, rillettes, fried pig's ears) and some good wine.

Where? 14 rue Lobineau, 6th


5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Global 10e arrondissement
What should I order? Chorizo squid and seaweed coulis, octopus with olives, bone marrow and pâté, accompanied by one of their delicious and surprising cocktails.  

Where? 36 rue de Sambre-et-Meuse, 10th

La méduse

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Canal Saint-Martin
What should I order? Delicious mezcal cocktails and a few well-balanced, bistronomic small plates. 

Where? 177 quai de Valmy, 10e

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4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Portuguese Folie-Méricourt
What should I order? The best Portuguese products, like sardines on toast or the uber-creamy Serra da Estrela cheese, washed down with excellent Portuguese wine.

Where? 10 rue des Goncourt, 11th


4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Folie-Méricourt
What should I order? Croquettas, calamari, burrata, fried chicken - washed down with some super cocktails. 

Where? 3 rue Oberkampf, 11th

Squatt Wine Shop

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Wine bars Roquette
What should I order? Incredible Italian products like burrata – soft and marvellously creamy, with crushed nuts, basil and olive oil, washed down with Italian rosé (the best we've ever tried).

Where? 112 rue de la Roquette, 11th


4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bistros Folie-Méricourt
What should I order? The delicious food-cocktail pairings concocted by the chefs and barmen. 

Where? 108 rue Amelot, 11e


5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Mairie du 18e
What should I order? Small plates between €5 and €10, such as pork pâté in a crispy filo parcel, fresh hake and chips and home made beef ravioli in a smoky sauce. Pick one of their artisanal beers, house cocktails or wines. 

Where? 100 rue Ordener, 18th

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