The insider’s guide to eating out in Paris: 3 ‘must-know’ industry hangouts

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When it comes to drinking and eating out in Paris we love to be in-the-know! And, when it comes to food and wine, we can never go past a recommendation from our partner, Wendy Lyn: the insider’s insider.

Come with us as we go to three of the best industry hangout restaurants in Paris: where you’ll be sure to find those in the know about food, any night of the week. Leave space on your Paris to-do list for Restaurant Frenchie, A Noste and Restaurant Cafe Stern.

Bon appétit !

Restaurant Frenchie

Gregory Marchand’s casual little neighborhood place on an alley by Les Halles is a huge international success & buzzing with regulars every Monday to Friday night. Affordable beautiful cooking, top notch wines and friendly professional service make it so popular, it is nearly impossible to get a table. One of my top five restaurants in the world.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Just go for it – order the 5 course Carte Blanche
The Scene: Lively, Boisterous, Friendly
The Look: Industrial Chic, Modern & Contemporary
Who Goes: Wine Growers, Sommeliers, Wine Shop Owners, Food Industry, Locals, Visiting Chefs & Foodies
Reservation Policy: Call to reserve at least 4 weeks in advance Mon – Fri 3pm – 7pm
The Soundtrack: Fantastic mix of jazz, soft rock and classics.
Insider Tip: Call during opening days from 3 – 7pm.
If You Cannot Get In, Try: SpringSeptimeSaturne.

Dinner Only: Mon – Fri, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
01 40 39 96 19
5 rue du Nil, 2nd arr, Right Bank
Metro: Sentier (3)

A Noste

Julien Deboue’s hot new Basque-style street food truck, tapas bar and gourmet restaurant is all under one roof in a former warehouse by the Opera.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Tapas: Fried polenta smoked duck “bricks”, BBQ chicken
The Scene: Lively, Boisterous, Friendly, Good Vibes
The Look: Open warehouse on two floors with a huge terrace
Who Goes: Hungry crowds looking for fun and good food
The Soundtrack: People laughing, corks popping, food sizzling on the grill

Open every day all day. Lunch 12:30 to 2:30pm & dinner 7:30 to 10:30pm, non-stop for the tapas
01 47 03 91 91
6 bis, rue du 4 septembre
Metro: Bourse (3), 4 Septembre (3)

Restaurant Caffe Stern

“The dream team made up of David Lahner (Vivant, Racines Paris & NYC), Massimiliano Alajmo (Le Calandre, Caffè Quadri) and Designer Philip Stark converted the historic engravers shop into an Italian coffee house, wine bar and restaurant. The result is somewhere between Sex and the City & Alice in Wonderland – right down to the winged rabbit holding a pocket watch.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Anything pasta, white truffles
The Scene: See & Be Seen
The Look: Alice & Wonderland Meets Sex & The City
Who Goes: Fashion, Interior Design, Wine Snobs
Reservation Policy: Call at least two weeks in advance. Email (but don’t hold your breath for an answer):
The Soundtrack: Buzz, buzz, buzz
Insider Tip: Skip the “frou frou” tasting menu & go straight for the pasta dishes

Closed Sunday & Monday. Open all day from 8:30am – midnight, lunch 12:30pm – 2:30pm & dinner 7:30pm – 10:30pm
01 75 43 63 10
47, passage des Panoramas, 2nd arr, Right Bank
Metro: Bourse (3), Grands Boulevards or Richelieu – Drouot (8)

This series

Industry hangouts in Paris  – ‘must know’ restaurants
Article one: Le Servan // Clown Bar // Rue Gambey // Chez l’ami Jean

This article: Frenchie // A noste // Restaurant Caffè Stern
Article three: The Beast // Yard // Aux deux amis


Other series

Celebrity chefs in Paris  – 10 chefs & restaurants
Open Kitchen restaurants  
Le buzz for foodies in Paris – occasional snippets

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About the Contributor

Judy MacMahon

Experience FRANCE beyond the CLICHÉ with MyFrenchLife is for Curious Savvy Francophiles wherever you are. Meet Francophiles in France, online, and/or wherever you live. You’re very welcome to join us - Judy MacMahon -

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