Autumn Restaurant Round-Up | SFP’s Top Picks
Saying goodbye to summer has been particularly difficult this year after the long lasting heatwave we were lucky to get in Paris. Although we are sad to see it go, we are excited at the prospect of eating at some of our favourite restaurants which have opened this year and are much more Autumn appropriate. Cozy up with a plate of delicious food, a glass of full-bodied red wine, and a warming candlelit atmosphere in the following SFP choices for this Autumn.
14 rue Charlot, 75003
Carbon is one of our newest favourite restaurants to hit the scene in Paris. The no gas or carbon footprint concept has drawn the crowds in over the past few months since its opening in July, and it has been a roaring success. The eco-friendly concept of using no gas in the kitchen means this restaurant is based around the element of fire, the most ancestral cooking technique. The menu is equipped mainly for meat eaters with a few veggie options, and is meant for sharing. Start your meal off with a snack or an entrée (we highly recommend the courgette dish!) and then move onto the main event – the meat! Each cut of meat is cooked to perfection and exudes delicious grilled bbq flavours. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. The food, joined together with the cozy ambiance and excellent service makes this an experience that you won’t forget, and will have you coming back for more!
5 bis rue la Vieuville, 75018
This charming little traiteur-come-restaurant is a great spot if you’re looking for a taste of Italy in Paris. One thing you can be sure of when you eat here is that all the food is prepared freshly that day and with only the finest Italian ingredients. Homemade pasta is Roberta’s speciality, and whilst they keep the meals quite simple, you can appreciate and savour the authenticity of the flavours. The welcoming (and mostly Italian) staff make this a very pleasant experience and will seat you quickly when you arrive. Although there are a few outdoor tables for the summer, the warm and cozy interior makes this place a great choice for the colder months, where you can sit inside and warm up on a plate of homemade pasta and a nice glass of Italian wine. On top of that – this can be your next go-to traitor to buy real Italian food!
72 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010
The New Orleans inspired restaurant, Two stories, is divided into two sections, Po’boy Cafe on the ground floor which serves up traditional Louisiana-Creole sandwiches and beer, or the top floor of NOLA if you’re looking for a more fancy, but equally delicious, Louisiana style brunch or dinner. We have tried and tested both, and we can tell you that we were more than impressed (and that’s coming from a NOLA resident herself). After the successful opening of Rachel’s in the Marais, Rachel Moeller decided to expand her love of soul food and open up Two Stories in the enviable location lining the Canal Saint Martin. As soon as you walk in you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a restaurant in Louisiana, and you’ll be greeted with equally authentic and friendly Louisianan service. We strongly recommend you get the pulled pork eggs Benedict for brunch, or if you’re there for dinner time, you really must taste the Gumbo if you want to have the full experience! Be sure to ask for a selection of their Californian wines to go along with dinner, or a favourite of ours, the French 75 cocktail if you want something a little stronger!
30 rue Debelleyme, 75003
After the success of not only one, but 4 Big Mamma Group restaurants in Paris, it was only a matter of time before an Italian brunch place was to open next (followed closely by Pink Mamma, another of our favourites!). Biglove Caffè is exactly how it sounds, a cozy cafe full of love. After taking over the old Rose bakery location in the Marais, the interior has been totally jazzed up to fit the image of an old Italian cafe dating back to the 50s era with jars of mortadella, tomatoes, and other Italian delights lining the shelves, and marble and wooden interior design. Of course you can’t have a Big Mamma restaurant without the famous pizzas and truffle pasta, and this can be ordered at any time of the day! However, Biglove is known particularly for their brunch menu (and the fact they can cater to gluten-free!) with the Pain Perdu and fluffy American style pancakes, both topped with mascarpone and fruit as their most popular dishes. The best thing about this place is that brunch is served all day long – so no need to wake up early on a Sunday. As with all other Big Mamma restaurants in Paris, make sure to arrive in good time to get a place or at least your name on the list!
Le Grand Breguet
17 rue Breguet, 75011
As soon as we walked into Le Grand Breguet, it felt like we had stumbled across a warehouse in NYC. The industrial interior with cool and original light installations, a foosball table (or babyfoot as they call it in French!), and a canteen style set up, make this place the perfect location for a casual lunch with friends or a laid back option for drinks at night. They serve lunch daily with a small, yet delicious, menu that offers something for everyone. All products are organic, locally sourced and seasonal, and of course homemade. The menu changes daily so it’s difficult to recommend one dish in particular, but we can assure you they are flavoursome and made with love! The mismatched art work on the walls, the sofas in the corner, and the “help yourself” concept of the restaurant makes it unique and draws in a mixed local crowd. Definitely go and try their tapas which is only available in the evenings!
5 rue du Général Renault, 75011
I think it’s safe to say that the Aberdeen steak à partager is probably one of the tastiest and juiciest steaks we have eaten this year in Paris. Cooked to absolute perfection by Brazilian chef, Lucas Baur de Campos, using an open pit barbecue style grill, you can only image the tenderness and flavour of the meat. Lucas and Ninon decided to open the restaurant together and put their French and Brazilian expertise of food and wine together to create Brutos. This combination has been a successful concept providing the finest cuts of meat, the best cooking methods, and the perfect wine pairings to really bring out the flavours in your meal. The location is ideal as it’s just off of the Square Guardette in the trendy 11th arrondissement. You are instantly welcomed with friendly and helpful service in an intimate and shabby-chic style setting which adds to the whole experience. Not only can you check out their natural wine list from the menu, but they have their cave downstairs to have a peak on your way down to the toilet! Although this is slightly on the pricier side, it’s worth it nonetheless!
Rivié (The Hoxton Hotel)
30-32 rue du Sentier, 75002
The Hoxton Hotel is one of the hottest new hotel groups to surface in Paris. After successfully opening three hotels, one in Amsterdam, two in London, and now the fourth in Paris, the Hoxton group seems to only keep growing. As you walk into the lobby of the Paris Hoxton Hotel, you can instantly feel the edgy, modern, yet relaxed vibe of the place. There are several seating areas that throughout the day you can enjoy coffees, teas, or one of their appetising cocktails, both inside or outside in the courtyard. We happened to visit the Rivié restaurant during fashion week, so the place seemed ultra trendy with very well dressed Parisians and expatriates alike. The menu is simple yet carefully curated to combine French brasserie cuisine with a modern fusion, and the restaurant itself is totally Instagram worthy, with marble table tops, gold and velour furnishings, and feature lighting throughout. You can never go wrong with a great burger and fries, and a cocktail to wash it down (Bahia was our favouite!).
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