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© Claire Israël
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10 hot new Paris restaurants to try this autumn

Paris restaurant openings you need to try ASAP

By Alice White Walker

Eating in Paris. There are many (many) restaurants in Paris to try, from classic bistros and traditional crêperies, to refined Japanese restaurants and burger joints. Whether you want to eat something healthy or out-and-out fat, there are umpteen options to suit any food craving. 

Every season brings a handful of new restaurants, and this year is no exception. And sometimes, regardless of cuisine, you just want what's cool & trendy. So here you are, 10 spanking new restaurants in Paris that can satisfy your desire for the design-led and delicious. 

Cool Paris restaurants for autumn

1. Balagan

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Middle Eastern Louvre

The name meaning "beautiful mess" in Hebrew, the space certainly is beautiful with decoration created by the woman behind all Experimental Group's projects - Dorothée Meilichzon. Grey marble, powder pink fabrics, triangular ceramic tiling, copper and wood - it's diverse and rich, just like the country's fabric. Onto the dishes. A vibrant fusion of Moroccan, French and Israeli cusine, the emphasis is on sharing plates but not those with a dainty fork - this is a gluttonous dipping, spongeing, soaking kind of sharing...

2. Spoon 2

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary Asian Bourse

Not one to rest up, Ducasse is back with a new Paris restaurant. After packing up and moving from the Champs to a central location at Bourse, Spoon 2 is an ode to world travel. With cuisine from Asia, Latin and North America, and Sri Lanka, Spoon 2 is a globe-trot across several continents in one lunchbreak. To boot, this culinary roadtrip is more accessibly priced for Ducasse fans, with lunchtime Bento boxes (two starters, a main, dessert, and a tea) priced at 32€...


3. Rivié, The Hoxton Paris

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary European Sentier

An open plan space with a central unit of leather benches, round tables dotted around, an expansive bar area, and several cosy sofa areas. Each space overlaps into the other, restaurant into the lobby, lobby onto the terrace. So whether it’s a morning meeting requiring a fresh juice, chia pudding or avocado and poached eggs; or a refueling lunch of baby chicken and roasted cauliflower; spicy squash and tahini salad; or a classic Hox burger, you’ll find a dish to suit you...

4. Breizh Café, Odeon

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Crêperies Odéon

BREIZH Cafe Odéon arrives, can it replicate the success of the Marais outpost? Do we need another crêperie in Paris? Well, yes, when they’re done this well. Top quality trimmings like succulent ham inside the classic fried egg and Shiitake mushrooms; decadent langoustines paired with spinach, leeks and Comte cheese; or a rich blend of ham, truffle and cauliflower purée. Some come in a typical galette, others in a new Breizh roll - which is, as you might fathom, a rolled galette, chopped up into morsels...


5. The Cod House

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Odéon

If there’s one new Paris restaurant that’s been making a splash on Instagram lately, it’s The Cod House. Why? The deco, in particular the eponymous neon sign that welcomes you into the building. It’s another name from Groupe Black Code, who have fostered equally shiny and successful names including Orient Extrême, Kinugawa and Yoko. On first impressions, the design is as wonderful as social media has made it out to be, and the crowd as chic as you’d expect from the 6th arrondissement...

adrien daste

6. Anahi

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Argentinian Arts et Métiers

Like any starlet, Anahi has a dramatic past. After a longstanding history as the go-to restaurant of the fashion set (Kate Moss et al), Anahi rises like a proverbial phoenix under the guide of fan turned owner Riccardo Giraudi. Call in happy coincidence or fate, Riccardo is a specialist in South American meats - establishing a glowing reputation for himself across Europe with BeefBar in Monaco. On paper, the future looks promising. There's also longtime manager, Carmen, with him to infuse the spirit of Anahi’s past. Here, the past is in harmony with the new like the cracked tiles from when Anahi was a butchers are left, filled with gold leaf...

Jérôme Galland

7. Ristorante National

Hotels Arts et Métiers

To be honest, while the bedrooms are great, the extras are where it’s at. The sprawling ground floor with the Ristorante National, which has Julien Cohen (Pizza Chic, Grazie) and the duo Jean-Pierre Lopes and Thomas Delafon (Le Très Honoré, Bambou, la Plage Parisienne) at the helm, plus Oscar Quagliarini creating a cocktail list for the bar Herbarium. You’ll hear more Italian spoken than French amongst the staff...

Lucas Muller

8. Wim à Table

Bars and pubs Wine bars Epinettes

After studying under heavyweight chefs Alain Ducasse and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Wim Van Gorp set up shop in Batignolles to create Comme Chez Maman, the gastro bistro. The success of this place has given life to the area - which has been a bit neglected food-wise, in recent times. Newest venture Wim à Table, takes the same principles of his restaurant - home-cooking recipes, fresh produce, a Flemish twist - and has scaled everything down into a 40-cover tapas bar. These gastronomic bites are divided into two menus; a classic - mini beef tartare, fish of the day tartare, ham croquettes, lamb samosas, Bern saucisson-, and a menu of the day...


9. Les Grands Verres

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary European Chaillot

On paper, Les Grands Verres seems to be a winner in teaming up with Quixotic Projects (the innovative group behind bars and restaurants Candelaria, Glass, Mary Celeste and Hero) and Lina Ghotmeh for the design. Given the location near big attractions and arty types that Palais de Tokyo brings in, you can envisage all sorts here. Right, onto the serious stuff. It's classed as Neo-Mediterranean, although the menu seems open to artistic interpretation. Mussels with Indian spices, celery and parsley butter; fattoush salad; a whole baked artichoke. We plumped for the fresh sounding melons and tomatoes - a colour pop of watermelon, yellow, black and red tomatoes, and honeydew melon. Pollock-flicked with bright green olive oil, it’s a masterpiece on the plate...

10. Kasha

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Crêperies Canal Saint-Martin

Crêpes, cocktails. Paris is no stranger to either, but recently they’ve joined forces to start a little trend. Kasha (meaning ‘buckwheat flour’ in Russian) on the already foodie rue des Récollets, is now part of the tribe. Started by three industry rising stars, with a collective CV that includes chez Jeannette, Enfants Perdus (next door), L'Arpège and Garance, Kasha is another great address within sight of the Canal Saint Martin. The deco is pure Instagram fodder, pink-white walls, hexagonal mirror tiles, hanging plants, and mint-green leather benches. An oasis as edible as the scents from the kitchen…


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