Paris is one of our favourite cities and just an easy train ride from London. Here's what we find we go back to time and time again...

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39 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris, France

Déviant might just be our favourite new wine bar in Paris. From the same team as Vivant, which is just a couple of doors down, Déviant is about as fun as a wine bar can be. It opens out right on to the street (there’s heaters for when it’s cold), it’s standing room only, and there’s music (albeit questionable music) pumping out the speakers. Add to this a brilliant selection of natural wines, friendly staff, and a selection of banging little small plates cooked from the small open kitchen and you’ve got the whole package. You can stop in for a quick wine or bed in for the night. Can someone do this in London please!

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3 Rue Saint-Hubert, 75011 Paris, France

One of the big draws of Clown Bar was the chef Sota Atsumi, who was cooking some incredible dishes when he was there. He left Clown Bar in 2018 and while it’s still a great place to visit, Paris foodies have been flocking to the chef’s solo venture, Maison. It’s one of the hottest places in Paris at the moment and it’s easy to see why. Don’t worry if you can’t score a reservation – we managed to score a walk in at the chef’s counter by turning up just before 2pm on a mid week lunchtime. Lunchtime is a great time to visit as you’ll also be able to take advantage of the €55 lunch menu which is a relative bargain for the level of cooking. Every dish is a knockout, from the early snacks like the beetroot tart to the fresh raw tuna, and the hake with foie gras. A truly special spot that should definitely be high on your hit list.

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136 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France

Les Arlots is one of our favourite Paris restaurants and the same team have opened a new wine bar called Billili right next door. It’s a popular spot with no reservations so make sure you get there early if you want to stand a chance of getting in. There’s a few rickety tables around the room which quickly fill up, before the rest of the room get’s packed with people cramming up to the bar. It’s a buzzing spot, with brilliant wines that start at €6 a glass. Then there’s the short menu of French wine bar classics – think cheese, charcuterie, pate en croute, and terrine. We love Billili and as it’s right next to the Gare du Nord it’s the perfect place to spend your last couple of hours in Paris if you’re getting a late Eurostar home.

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67 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France

La Buvette is a teeny tiny one bar, but one we always return to when we’re in Paris. There are around four tables, plus a bit of standing room at the little zinc topped bar, and the interiors are pleasingly ramshackle. It’s got a brilliant vibe, a fantastic selection of natural wines that you can try for 6 or 7 euros a glass, and a short but punchy food menu. Check out the Andouille smoked sausage made in house and the white beans alongside a glass of crisp white wine.

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21 Rue de la Villette, 75019 Paris, France

From the outside, Cheval D’or (Golden Horse) looks like an average Chinese takeaway, with the bright lit signage of its previous occupant left unchanged. Inside however, it’s all chic modern Paris, a buzzing dining room with bare concrete walls, kitchen counter seats and plain wooden tables dotted around the room. It’s one of Paris’ hottest new restaurants, bringing together the all-star team of Taku Sekine (Dersou) and Florent Ciccoli (Jones, Café du Coin). The food can loosely be described as modern Asian, with a few French influences thrown in for good measure. The pork noodles and pork rice are must orders, as well as the deep fried cinnamon bao buns for dessert. Counter seats are saved for walk-ins so if you don’t have a reservation, get there early to snag one of these!

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The Hoxton, Paris, Rue du Sentier, Paris, France

Set in an 18th Century Hotel Particular, with many of the original features still intact, this glamorous addition to The Hoxton family has 172 bedrooms, two courtyards, a modern French brasserie, Jacques Bar, an atmospheric lobby, and vaulted meeting and event space. But the best thing about this place is the design – every nook and cranny has been perfectly curated. There’s a 300 year old spiral staircase, original iron columns, tiles from the 18th Century and exposed timber beams in some of the 4th-floor bedrooms. Our fave spot right now? That’ll be Jacques bar with floral wallpaper, tasselled lamps, fluted sofas and palms…

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restaurant, small plates
114 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France

If you can manage to get a reservation here you’ll be eating at one of Paris’ most exciting restaurants. Situated next to the beautiful Cirque d’Hiver (which still operates as a circus) Clown Bar is always rammed with chefs, food critics, and just anyone lucky enough to get a spot. It’s open on Sundays too.

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Restaurant, Classic French
136 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France

If you’re looking for that classic hidden romantic bistro in Paris then Les Arlots is it. It’s tiny, the food is utterly French but not overly heavy, and it’s good value too.

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restaurant, seafood
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France

Bertrand Grébaut’s seafood-centric restaurant is one of Paris’ best and most fun. It’s also a great shout if you’ve eaten too much steak and foie gras elsewhere and need a break from the meat.

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bar, open late
45 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France

aux deux amis | london on the inside

In Paris even ‘dive bars’ have natural wines and excellent food. Aux Deux Amis is rough and ready but draws a crowd of Parisian hipsters who come to start or end a night here. Don’t expect to get a table but squeeze yourself in where you can, balance some cheese and charcuterie on any surface and you’ll feel like a true local in no time.

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restaurant, tasting menu
21 Rue Saint-Nicolas, 75012 Paris, France

Asian flavours and French ingredients are the order of the day at Dersou, a very cool spot that offers matching cocktails alongside the tasting menu. Expect hot and sour beef soup, lamb fat croquettes and breaded mackerel.

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92 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France

We recommend heading to Abri for just one thing. Every Saturday lunchtime the little bistro sells an incredible Tonkatsu sandwich that usually has people queuing out the door for it. The juicy breaded pork sandwich is coated in mayo and katsu sauce and comes with a drink and a slice of cake all for 26 euros. It’s not French at all but it’s a damn fine lunch.

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Restaurant, Steak
18 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris, France

It’s classic French and La Bistrot Paul Bert have plenty of meat at this local favourite, which brings in the visiting foodie lovers by the bucket load. Why? because it’s great, authentic hearty food. It feels very much like it has been around for donkey years, but in fact opened in 2000. Steak and Chips is a must and if you don’t see a table free, they might be able to just pull one out of thin air.

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Breakfast, Cafe
9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France

Born out of the idea to offer takeaway food on the narrow street of Rue du Nil where their original restaurant ‘Frenchie’ sits, right next to their wine bar, Frenchie To Go is exactly what it says, except…you CAN dine in. Meat comes from Tim Wilson aka “Ginger Pig” in Yorkshire and this cool modern cafe is all about the pulled pork ‘everything is super good in this pig’ sarnie. The chips are also incredible, the coffee awesome and you can find a range a craft beers from Japan. Quirky!

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restaurant, tasting menu
80 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France

Septime is a fantastic example of modern French cooking; Bertrand Grébaut’s neo-bistro tasting menus leave no doubt as to why it’s considered one of the city’s best. Not only does it have a Michelin star, it’s also no.35 on the World’s 50 Best list, so booking well ahead is a must.

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Speakeasy, Cocktails, Bar
52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France

Candelaria is in the top 50 bars in the world. It’s theme is based around tequila and mezcal and a speakeasy in every sense. It’s located around the corner from Little Red Door, and you have to find it through a 24 hour taco shop, just push the door at the back and wonder through…bloody great isn’t it? Oh and the tacos are a must too.

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Cocktails, Bar,
60 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France

Little Red Door is one of the main places to go for top notch cocktails. A guy called Remy Savage is a bit of a legend and an unreal bartender. The space isn’t huge but you can still sit in a big plush high seat at the end of the bar if the tables are full. At the time of writing there was no menu, but a book full of colourful illustration from which you were encouraged to pick one that stood out to you in whatever way you found appealing. Great cocktails and quirky atoms.

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pop up, bar, open late
7 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France

Glass is run by the same peeps as Candelaria, plus it’s in Pigalle, so already you know it’s going to be good. It’s tiny, it’s dark…except for the jazzy light-up cutouts on the floor…the music is loud and it has a definite locals vibe. The craft beers are excellent, the cocktails are strong and they serve 100% organic beef hotdogs. Now that’s what we call a bar.

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Hip-Hostel, Rooftop, Cheap
9-11 Place du Colonel Fabien, 75010 Paris, France

Generator Paris opened in early 2015 in the fash 10th Arrondissement, offering a whopping 916 beds ranging from shared dorms to a penthouse suite…some rooms come with their own private terraces complete with hammock and outdoor seating. The design is slick, contemporary and pleasing to the eye…well this is Paris. There’s a restaurant, bar and outdoor area on the ground floor and up on the 8th you can chill out, shoot some pool or catch sporting events on the big screen throughout the night – yep it’s open 24 hours. Make this your base and spend the dollars you save on vin et fromage. Tres bon!

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pop up, bar, open late
7-15 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 75019 Paris, France

Open from June to October, LaPlage Glazart is a summer pop-up from the guys at Glazart nightclub, and like the name suggests, they turn the outdoor space into a beach. It’s got tons of actual sand, deckchairs, food stalls, and bars, giving it plenty of festival vibes. The stage plays host to gigs of all kinds but electronic music tends to rule the roost on weekends, with parties going into the early hours. Located near La Villette, almost at the top of the 19th, it’s not the handiest place to get to, but there aren’t many places you can throw shapes on the sand, in the open air, in the middle of the night.

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Art, Gallery, Studio Space
59 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Smack bang in the middle of town, 59 Rivoli is a former artist’s squat turned studio space and free public gallery. The six-floor building is home to a mix of thirty permanent and resident artists, doing everything from dressmaking to mosaics to spray painting, and virtually every inch of the place is covered in paint, posters and graffiti, including the central staircase…the Louvre is it not. You get to see and talk to the artists as they work, and as the residents change every three to six months, there’s always something new to discover.

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21 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris, France

Beaubien offers a carefully curated edit of Japanese, Scandi and US labels like Our Legacy, Sunspel, Buddy and Libertine-Libertine. And like the name suggests, everything here is beautiful and good – what else could you need?

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50 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris, France

This concept store stocks the likes of Comme de Garcons, Norse Projects and Pierre Hardy as well as some very cool coffee table books and grooming products. If you like mixing sportswear with designer gear, this is the store for you.

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68 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, France

The collections that Bleu De Paname turn out are inspired by workwear and urban life, so you’ll find lots of luxe basics and no-nonsense designs. The guys behind the brand are very hot on production techniques too so these clothes are built to last.

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113 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France

Royalcheese has been delivering the freshest threads to the people of Paris since 1998. They carry the likes of Carhatt, Edwin, Portuguese Flannels, Alpha Industries, Patagonia, Universal Works and Sandqvist.

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14 Rue de Marseille, 75010 Paris, France

Balibaris is the place to go for menswear classics that have been given an upgrade thanks to premium materials like Japanese cotton and virgin wool. Movies are a big part of the identity of the store – they’ve done a line of themed tees – and they often project old movies onto one wall of the shop.