20 Trendy Things To Do in Paris Tonight (Restaurant, Bar, Nightclub)
Paris is a big city, this you know, and there are so many clubs that you often do not know where to go. Places well known, unknown, hidden or almost impossible to imagine, many are the discoveries one can make. Among good restaurants, original bars and real temples of fun, we offer here a list that is not exhaustive but will be of (great) help for your evenings.
1) Bustronome -for refined palates
2 avenue de Kléber, 75016
Visiting Paris and tasting French cuisine at the same time sounds quite tempting, but not exactly practical…
The Bustronome solves this issue and allows one to have lunch or dinner while Paris is revealed to visitors’ eyes, in a bus transformed into a restaurant.
One will be able to discover menus in 4 or 6 stages, through the bustronomic cuisine that Chef Vincent Thiessé has created for the occasion. One can delight in front of the Louvre museum with foie gras, enjoy a sea bream in front of la Tour Eiffel et and discover dessert in front of the Trocadéro.
All that remains is to enjoy the meal and admire the view.
Price: Lunch Menu 65€ – Food/wine pairings 85€
Dinner Menu 100€ – Food/wine pairings 130€
2) Le Procope – historic venue
13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006
Le Procope, the oldest café in Paris, founded almost a century before the French Revolution, offers a prestigious and historic setting. It became, in the early 18th century, a mythical place for French artists, and soon a literary café that was home to Diderot, Voltaire and Rousseau, a meeting place for artists, intellectuals and writers such as Musset and Verlaine. Today, Le Procope offers traditional cuisine, with specialties such as Coq au vin (chicken in wine) or Tête de Veau (calf’s head), all in a setting that will make you believe you are in the days of the Revolution.
Price: Menu Procope – appetizer + dish + dessert €28.50 (Monday through Friday from 12 noon to 7 p.m.)
Philisophe Menu – appetizer + dish + dessert 38.50€ (daily from 7 pm and Sunday lunchtime)
3) Bouillon Chartier – historic establishment
7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
Historic brasserie yes, but cheap!
Founded in 1896 with a simple idea: to offer a meal worthy of the name at a moderate price and to welcome customers with respect and courtesy so as to build their loyalty. The Belle époque-style grand hall was classified as a historic monument in 1989. After 50 million meals served and 4 changes of ownership, tradition and innovation are still the stars at the table, with, for example, the ever-present steak with chips, andouillette or sirloin.
Prices: Appetizers from 1.80€ to 6.80€
Dishes from 8.50€ to 13.50€
Desserts from 2.20€ to 4€
4) La Cantine du Troquet – traditional cuisine
Pernety, 101 rue de l’Ouest, 75014
Dupleix, 53 boulevard de Grenelle, 75015
Daguerre, 89 rue Daguerre, 75014
Cherche midi, 79 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006
Pereire, 46 rue Bayern, 75017
Chef Christian Etchebest (be careful not to confuse him with Philippe) offers 4 of his 5 cellars (French term for “canteen”) in the French capital. The first opened in 2008 and offers cuisine in Southwestern colors with products specially selected by the chef himself. Convivial atmosphere, Southwestern dishes, a return to childhood at affordable prices! Cellar specialties include grilled pig ears, lamb navarin and chocolate cake. A wine cellar yes, but in all likelihood far better than the school cellar.
Price: appetizers from 8€ to 11€
dishes from 16.50€ to 22€
desserts from 6.50€ to 11€
5) Le Chalet Savoyard – traditional cuisine
58 rue de Charonne, 75011
There are no mountains or whitewashed peaks year-round in Paris, but there are Savoyard restaurants such as the excellent Chalet Savoyard in the French capital.
These offer an authentic Savoyard gastronomic selection as well as a location nestled in wood to allow the customer to take a trip to the mountains if only for the time of a meal.
Raclettes, tartiflettes, pierrades, fondues and many other specialties are to be discovered in this restaurant with an Alpine atmosphere.
Prices: from 9.50€ (the small) to 16€ (the large)
Menu “le Chalet” 31€
6) Le Sergent Recruteur – traditional cuisine
41 rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004
In an old tavern on l’île Saint-Louis, Le Sergent Recruteur has managed to surround itself with modernity and elegance.
Chef Matthieu Révol’s menu offers a true gastronomic journey with, among others, foie gras and truffle ravioli, seared turbot, or even a lemon cake with meringue. The Sergent Recruteur also includes a bar, SR41, where you can refresh yourself with champagne, cocktails or wine and whet your appetite with a selection of products (oysters, foie gras, caviar, cheeses…).
Sergent’s Tasting Menu at 110€ includes: 2 appetizers, fish, meat, cheese assortment, appetizers, pastry mignon and dessert.
Price: Sergent’s Menu: appetizer-dish or dish-sweet 27€ for lunch and 47€ for dinner appetizer-dish-sweet 35€ for lunch and 55€ for dinner
7) La Cave de l’Os à Moelle – traditional cuisine
181 rue de Lourmel, 75015
After L’Os à Moelle, which opened in 1994, Chef Thierry Faucher opened opposite La Cave de l’Os à Moelle, in a convivial and welcoming setting, one of the capital’s first tables d’hôtes, a kind of taverns offering a fixed-price menu. You can enjoy a selection of pâtés, salads, the soup of the day, the dish of the day, cheeses, the dessert buffet, or simply a charcuterie or cheese board for those who prefer just a snack.
Prices: Tasting menu 42€ (soup-meal-dish-cheese-dessert)
All-you-can-eat buffet 25€ (lunch and dinner)
8) Les Fils à Maman – traditional cuisine
57 rue des Batignolles, 75017
Old copies of “le Club des 5,” a series of children’s novels that became a cult in France in the 1960s, billiards, candy, Babar, la roue des gourmands,(lett. “the wheel of gluttons,” a sort of wheel of fortune in a gastronomic key), is a true return to childhood that is offered by the five friends who opened this restaurant. The decor brings back many memories and so do the dishes on offer. The appetizers combine tradition and innovation with Babybel croquettes, salmon tartare or even goat cheese rolls. Dishes follow the same style: cordon bleu with smoked bacon, duck breast with honey, and even dish of the day “on the blackboard,” as in school. Desserts, as for them, rather resemble those found at a birthday buffet. The choice between Kinder tiramisu, cheesecake with Oréos cookies, lemon meringue pie, and other delicacies might come true hard.
Price: Lunch menu €19 appetizer+plate+dessert (except weekends and holidays)
9) Nos ancêtres les Gaulois – traditional cuisine
39 rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004
Founded in 1969, this old song theater club now offers a large restaurant space with a medieval, ancient and festive setting.
The idea is to propose quantity, but also quality; long tables, baskets of salads and charcuterie, grilled meat from the wood-fired oven, and wine offered not by the carafe, nor even in bottles, but… directly in the barrels! The all-inclusive formula at 40€ includes: salad basket, a wide choice of vegetables and cold cuts buffet (and plenty of them!), grilled meat, baked potatoes and seasonal vegetables, cheese board, mixed fruit, homemade dessert and cask wine (of course).
Prices: All-inclusive formula 40€
Lunch menu 14€: free-range chicken or duck confit or meat of the day – fries – coffee or tea
Lunch formulas: all-you-can-eat buffet + lunch menu 20€
Lunch menu + homemade dessert 18€
All-you-can-eat buffet + Lunch menu + dessert 24€
10) Dans le noir? – atypical restaurant
51 rue Quincampoix, 75004
Let’s awaken the senses and be carried away by the blind culinary experience, proposed by chefs Thi Muller and Jérémy Niquet. For this somewhat special tasting, the chefs have chosen to offer very tasty cuisine. Numerous menus are offered to satisfy all tastes and appetites: the 2-course menu at €45 (appetizer+plate or plate+sweet), the tasting menu at €68 (appetizer+plate+sweet+3 surprise drinks), the gourmet formula at €85 (appetizer+stuzzichini +antipasto+plate+cheese+sweet+3 surprise drinks) and much more…
In addition, starting Feb. 01, the restaurant offers a completely vegan menu to best meet current culinary trends.
Prices: 3 course dinner formula (Appetizer+Dish+Sweet) 51€
11) L’Ilot -seafood cuisine
4 rue de la Corderie, 75003
It is possible to get fresh seafood in Paris! Normandy and Brittany are not far away and abound in shellfish and crustaceans, enough to supply the French capital. The concept of l’Ilot is simple: seafood and wine (no less than 30 offerings). Launch into the discovery of the different dishes such as the Fumée for €24 consisting of organic smoked salmon, smoked swordfish, smoked albacore tuna, smoked wild eel served with a side of arugula, scones and chive-flavored cream.
Prices: Mixed platter of L’Ilot 55€ (for 2 persons) containing: 4 quality “fines de claire” No. 3 oysters, 4 oysters of the day, 6 pink shrimps, a portion of whelks, 1 crab et 4 scampi.
12) Le Grenier de Notre-Dame – vegetarian cuisine.
18 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005
Le Grenier de Notre-Dame is the first vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant in Paris. In fact, the establishment has been handed down from father to son since 1978, and under the watchful eye of Chef Abib, who has been present since the opening, le Grenier de Notre-Dame has been renewed over the years. Part of the menu is updated 2 times a year according to seasonal products. Speaking of products, 80% are organic and from fair trade. On the menu you will be able to find, a vegetarian couscous (wheat semolina, seasonal vegetables, spices, seitan skewers, chickpeas, raisins), the macrobiotic dish (brown rice, steamed vegetables, breaded tofu, beans, salad, arame seaweed, soy sauce and flavored tomato sauce) and many other dishes that will satisfy even “carnivorous” friends.
Prices: Lunch menu €15.50
Dinner and weekend menu 17.50€
13) La Fine Mousse – brewery
4 bis avenue Jean Aicard, 75011
With more than 20 beers on tap, a wide selection of bottles, charcuterie or cheese boards, and La Fine Mousse restaurant for the hungry, La Fine Mousse bar will be happy to welcome you. You can have a la carte, draft or bottled cider, whiskey or even a selection of soft drinks.
La Fine Mousse organizes workshops for enthusiasts: basic beer tasting course, discovering different beer styles and perfecting beer sensory analysis.
Prices: Beer from 7€ to 12€ (50cl)
Tasting menu 39€ (2 appetizers, 2 dishes, 2 desserts)
14) Olympe Sport Café – sports bar
46 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 94300 Vincennes
At the helm of this pleasant establishment is Bertrand Damaisin, bronze medalist at the 1992 Olympic Games and French judo champion between 1994 and 1997. Sunday sportsmen or professional athletes, patrons who have come for lunch, dinner or a drink, all will enjoy the cozy and informal atmosphere of this restaurant and take advantage of the view of the Château de Vincennes! The decorations are clearly sports-oriented: all sorts of trophies, dedications, and souvenir photos of the ex-judoka can be seen on the walls, and the cuisine could be described as “familiar to the area.” The Olympe Sport Café opens its doors Monday lunchtime from 12:00 to 14:30, Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 to 14:30 and 19:00 to 02:00, and on Saturdays only for dinner.
15) Little Red Door – cocktail bar
60 rue Charlot, 75003
As the name indicates, it is through a little red door that you enter this bar with an atmosphere reminiscent of the Prohibition years. Here, it’s all very “English” starting with the name of the cocktails: the “Number 9,” the “Bronxxx,” the “It’s all in the root” and again the “Devil back.” The idea is to offer a card that changes every year with a view to creating something unique and original while preserving a playful approach to the bar experience. And, to discover new perspectives on creating cocktails, the “Menu of applied architecture” consisting of 11 cocktails!
Prices: Cocktails from 12€ to 16€.
16) The Loft Metropolis – casual
Rue du Port des Halles, 94150 Rungis
Since 2009, the very famous Metropolis has been renamed the Loft after some minor renovations. With a capacity of 6,000 people, the Loft is regarded as one of the largest nightclubs in the Île-de-France and has probably been frequented by most Parisians. The 4 rooms offer different styles: the Loft room offers a Dancefloor playlist while the Manhattan room will throw you into the world of Hip-Hop. As for the Palmeraie, you dance to pop rhythms and finally the Hacienda where you can breathe a tropical atmosphere. Space is undoubtedly the club’s greatest quality, proof of which is that Luc Besson chose to immortalize it in one of his films in 2015. Distant from the Parisian center, the nightclub is accessible by public transportation; so come and discover it without further hesitation.
Prices: admission + 2 drinks 25€
17) Le Dandy – legendary
62 rue Mazarine, 75006
Formerly called The Alcazar Club, it is said to be in the bathrooms of this Parisian venue that, at the time known as the Rock n roll Circus, Jim Morrison is said to have died following an overdose in 1971. Once a renowned venue, it saw cohorts of stars such as Serge Gainsbourg throw themselves into the sex, drugs and rock n roll atmosphere of the 1970s-80s. The environment has changed today, among tourists and students, the rock-whiskey combination is no longer relevant. Between 80s-90s nights, salsa classes on Sundays and the occasional concert, there’s no shortage of choice at this remaining legendary venue.
Prices: Happy hour Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight.
18) La Baraque – underground
102 rue de Charonne 75011
This bar-restaurant-disco is a break for pure original pleasure, combining generous and creative cuisine, a bar ready to respond to all tastes, in alcoholic and non-alcoholic matters, and a disco in the basement rooms to rock out late into the night (or until closing time). La Baraque also offers theme nights with different DJs, and on Thursdays Disco night for everyone from 8 pm to 2 am.
The restaurant’s menu offers dishes from 16€ to 23€ such as the famous César salad, cheeseburger and fries cooked express, or even duck breast with a honey sauce. Note that Baraque is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m., and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Prices: Classic and creative cocktails 10€.
19) Le Pigallion – underground
11 place Pigalle, 75009
Former strip-tease cabaret had its heyday during the crazy years and later in the 1990s became a scene for emerging electronic music. Today, a dancing crowd throngs until dawn. No selection at the door, because people go to Pigallion just to get wild and have a good time, shoulder to shoulder with their neighbor. That said, don’t count on sitting down during the evening because there is no room for that! The musicians play mostly electronic music but not all of it; it’s up to you to choose the type of night!
The bar on the floor is often stormed, so bring on the glasses in hand….
20) Les Bains – trendy
7 rue du Bourg l’Abbé, 75003
Les Bains is part of the capital’s most renowned establishments. The complex includes a hôtel, a restaurant, a bar et a nightclub so you can satisfy everyone… Whether you are in the mood for a fun nightclub, sipping a quiet drink at the bar or staying in your room for a relaxing evening, the place seduces with its eclecticism. Indeed, beginning in 1885, the Guerbois family granted it the management of the capital’s most famous private spa. In 1978, Les Bains became a concert hall, a temple of Parisian entertainment and a meeting place for the media, arts and entertainment world. The restaurant does not get lost in talk and offers a menu full of flavors from breakfast to dinner, but also for brunch with 2 specially designed menus, “Dimanche aux bains” for €58 and the Brunch des Bains for €48.
Of note, gluten- and lactose-free dishes are on the menu!