The insider’s guide to eating out in Paris: 3 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 hangouts 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 The Beast, Yard, and Aux deux amis.

Bon appetit !

The Beast

Meat, Fire, Time. These are the words Pitt Master & Owner Thomas Abramowicz lives by at his new smoked meat restaurant, The Beast, named for his custom-built 2 ton wood-operated rotisserie smoker that indirectly cooks his exceptional black Angus brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs & chicken.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Brisket, Bourbon, Pecan Pie
The Scene: Testosterone.
The Look: Industrial Chic, Modern & Contemporary
Who Goes: Groups of friends, solo diners
Social Media: Facebook
Reservation Policy: No reservations.
The Soundtrack: Old school
Insider Tip: The Beast also does take away orders.

Tues – Sat lunch & dinner 7 – 11pm
07 81 02 99 77
27, rue Meslay, Right Bank, 3rd arr
Metro: République (3, 5, 8, 11)


Jane Drotter’s YARD is a fantastic corner family-style canteen thanks to Chef Shaun Kelly’s market menu cooking (former Au Passage) and Jane’s cellar filled with bottles of natural wine.” Read more here.

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The Dish to Get: Roasted lamb & green pea bouillon
The Scene: Lively, Local, Friendly
The Look: New England bistro with an open kitchen & fireplace
Who Goes: Chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, local artist residents
Social Media: Facebook
Reservation Policy: Lunch No Reservations, Dinner Reservations Necessary
The Soundtrack: Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Nina Simone
If You Cannot Get In, Try: Le 6 Paul Bert, Pulperia

Lunch, Mon-Fri first-come first-serve (18€), Tues-Fri dinner reservations only (a la carte menu) average 25€ total bill without wine
01 40 09 70 30
6 rue de Mont Louis, 11th arr, right bank
Metro: Voltaire (9), Charonne (9), Philippe Auguste (2) 

Aux deux amis

Don’t let the retro diner décor fool you, David Loyola’s friendly place on the rue Oberkampf is a popular spot for foodies and winos in the know who come for the affordable market menus and short but juicy natural wine list.” Read more here.

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The Scene: Casual lunches, Lively Evenings
The Look: Retro, Formica, Mirrors and Zinc Bar
Who Goes: Wine Growers, Locals, Food & Wine Journalists, Natural Wine Geeks, Food Industry
Reservation Policy: No reservations for lunch, dinner reservations necessary
The Soundtrack: Blues, Rock
Insider Tip: Evening small plates/dinner: reserve for the 1st seating or drop in after 9pm.
If You Cannot Get In, Try: Autour d’un Verre, Le Dauphin, Entree des Artistes, Verre Vole

Lunch and Dinner Tuesday – Saturday
01 58 30 38 13
45 rue Oberkampf, Right Bank
Metro: Oberkampf (5), Goncourt (11)

This series

Industry hangouts in Paris  – ‘must know’ restaurants
Article one: Le Servan // Clown Bar // Rue Gambey // Chez l’ami Jean
Article two: Frenchie // A noste // Restaurant Caffè Stern
This article: 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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All images © Wendy Lyn.

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Judy MacMahon

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