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Trendy Paris Restaurants: 2024 Guide

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Très cool dining.

Paris is world famous for its restaurants. If you’re headed to Paris this year and want to be part of the in-the-know dining crowd, take this list of Unpeeled’s dining guide to trendy Paris restaurants. Read on.

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The Trendy Paris Restaurants You Need to Know Right Now

The Paris “it” restaurant scene is constantly evolving. In a city where it often feels like restaurants outnumber every other kind of storefront combined, it’s hard to swing un chat without happening upon the latest buzzy “neo bistro.” But some manage to rise above the rest and help define the Paris dining scene while giving diners a special and tasty night out.

The best part of what makes Paris’s hot restaurants hot right now is that they don’t all fall into one particular category or location. Sure, the 11th arrondissement seems to have a lock on cool restaurants per square kilometer. But Montmartre, Les Halles, and even staid Saint-Germain-des-Près make strong showings as well.

Here are some of Unpeeled Journal’s Paris “must eat” restaurants picks for chic and trendy restaurants fit for an in-the-know dinner out. (These trendy Paris restaurants are no particular order.)

1. Granite

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Photo courtesy Granite restaurant.

With a prime central location in Les Halles, not far from the Louvre, this sleek little spot with an open kitchen has garnered well-deserved buzz and praise since its opening a few years ago. Chef Tom Meyer has outstanding restaurant bona fides, and crafts modern, elegant food that emphasizes seasonality and has zero-waste, zero-plastic ethos to boot.

2. Juveniles

Juveniles wine bar and restaurant in Paris
Photo courtesy Juveniles.

Don’t be deceived by the wine bar label. Juveniles consistently serves some of the best, most honest bistro cooking in Paris. This little restaurant and wine shop has been around for a while now, but continues to feel must-eat relevant thanks to its bustling, warm personality and selections of interesting wines. The location just off the Palais Royale is an added bonus.

3. Racines

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Photo courtesy Racines via Facebook Official.

Locating this small bistro in the elegant and historic Passage des Panoramas feels like a bit of a fancy treasure hunt for food lovers. The prize? A solid meal that combines Italian and French influences — more Italian than French — into a menu of must-eat food you’ll want to return to again and again. Reserve weeks in advance for prime-time dinner times.

4. Septime

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Photo courtesy Septime.

Get your clicking finger ready. Reservations for this perennial hotspot open exactly three weeks out at 10 a.m. local time, and fill very quickly. Get on it! But you’ll want to make the extra effort to snag a meal at the always trendy Paris restaurant Septime. Chef Bertrand Grébaut honed his craft under famed chef Alain Passard, but puts his own personality on seasonal, satisfying cooking that feels fresh every time. Can’t get into Septime? Grab a glass and a bite at the wine bar.

5. Clamato

shellfish at Trendy Paris restaurant Clamato
Photo courtesy Clamato via Instagram.

Oh, those fresh oysters! That fish! Septime sister restaurant Clamato opened about a decade ago, but is still one of the trendiest restaurants in Paris, popular with tourists (alas) and locals alike. This seafood bistro serves impeccably fresh, well-sourced seafood in a bright, friendly setting. Clamato takes no reservations, and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

6. Le Servan

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Photo courtesy Le Servan by Virginie Garnier.

Little Le Servan packs a big punch. Situated in (you guessed it) foodie central, a.k.a. the 11th arrondissement, this stripped-down bistro run by two French-Filipino women serves a tight menu of honest, well-prepared French food with an Asian twist: tartare with chili sauce, for example. Open Mondays.

7. Parcelles

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Photo courtesy Parcelles via Instagram

I love Parcelles. This tiny restaurant on a quiet street in the 3rd arrondissement gets a strong vote for one of the best places to eat in Paris — especially for those looking for lovely seasonal cooking, a smart wine selection, and a dining room that makes you feel like there’s no where you’d rather be on a rainy day. Reserve this trendy Paris restaurant in advance, and be sure to check out their little grocery and wine store across the way.

8. Clover Grill

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Photo courtesy Clover Grill via Facebook Official

Clover Grill opened in 2016 and is still going strong, thanks to a menu based around perfectly-prepared, wood-grilled meats, many of which are dry aged. Clover Grill’s two locations — in the heart of Les Halles on the Right Bank and in Saint-Germain-des-Près on the Left — makes it a convenient place to enjoy a solid, elevated steak dinner with all the right sides.

9. The L’Avant Comptoirs

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Carrefour de l’Odéon — a bustling, elegant little square in the heart of chic Saint-Germain-des-Près — is better than ever thanks to the presence of chef-owner Yves Camdeborde’s ever-popular outposts for drinks and excellent small plate cooking. (Just don’t call them tapas.) L’Avant Comptoir de la Terre focuses on meat and produce, while neighboring L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer focuses on, you guessed it, seafood. Both offer very good and affordable wine and are open all day, every day. It gets busy and there’s no table service, so try for off hours or just politely elbow your way to the front.

10. Pétrelle

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Photo courtesy Petrelle via Facebook official.

With bookings that fill several weeks in advance, this romantic, candlelit spot near Montmartre may on trend, but it feels timeless. Pétrelle focuses on seasonality, and every dish on the prix fixe menu reflects sophistication and heart. Open Sundays, with lunch on weekends available as well.

11. Garance

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Shh…Garance is still flying under the tourist radar, at least for now. So get yourself to this elegant, modern restaurant turning out some of the loveliest seasonal food in Paris. The view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance as you enter and exit doesn’t hurt, either.

12. Guefen

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Photo courtesy Guefen

Israeli chef Ohad Amzallag weaves modern Israeli flavors and French sensibility into this elegant little restaurant that’s been making a big name for itself. Feta mixes with tartare and more, and it all works in the freshest way possible. This prix fixe spot books out in advance, so make sure to reserve a few weeks in advance.

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