Le Chapeau Melon

This excellent bistrot à vins offers a good reason to discover Belleville, the old working class neighborhood in the 19th that's stirring again. Most of the wines served here are either organic or biodynamic, and the kitchen prepares an excellent single menu at lunch and dinner. It changes daily but runs to dishes like curried lamb and open tarts of fennel and rouget (red mullet).

92 rue Rébeval; 19th; 01-42-02-68-60


At this spot near the charming Buttes Chaumont park, some 200 different wines are on display on the scarlet-painted open shelves, offering a great opportunity to discover little-known and often organic bottles from small producers all over France. Owner Gilles Bernard formerly ran the popular Aux Zingots, and his hip clientele has followed him to his new digs, where he serves simple, delicious dishes like a plate of Basque charcuterie, confit de canard, osso buco, and a pear tart.

22 rue du Plateau; 19th; 01-42-38-18-65

Le Verre Volé

Not far from the Canal Saint-Martin in the trendy 10th, Le Verre Volé is a friendly, convivial place with superb wines—don't miss the white Côte du Rhône from Domaine de l'Oratoire Saint-Martin, and good cheese and charcuterie plates.

67 rue de Lancry, 10th; 01-48-03-17-34

Les Papilles

Ever since it opened in the Latin Quarter, Les Papilles (The Taste Buds) has been a big hit with its friendly service, interesting and well-chosen wines, and very good cooking. The menu changes regularly and features dishes like endive soup, sautéed cod, roast shoulder of lamb, and chocolate mousse.

30 rue Gay-Lussac; 5th; 01-43-25-20-79

Les Racines

Tucked away in the atmospheric, sepia-toned Passage des Panoramas, this is the most stylish wine bar in Paris right now, and a perfect example of the genre's new wave—most wines are biodynamic, and produce comes with prestigious origins (the salad is made with vegetables from chef Alain Passard's garden, for example). Braised beef cheeks are supplied by Hugo Desnoyers, and cheeses by several of the city's best fromagers. It pulls a hip crowd, serves late, and is a lot of fun.

8 Passage des Panoramas; 2nd; 01-40-13-06-41

Les Fines Gueules

An easy walk from the Louvre and just a few steps off the Place des Victoires, Les Fines Gueules is a great spot for lunch or a light supper. It occupies the corner of a handsome 18th-century stone building, and it's a cozy place with a snug bar and downstairs and upstairs dining rooms where you can sample simple dishes with some excellent wines by the glass. The pride of this place is its pedigreed produce, including meat from butcher Hugo Desnoyers, butter from Jean-Yves Bordier in Saint-Malo, and bread from the Poujauran bakery in the 7th arrondissement. The menu changes regularly but the steak tartare, veal carpaccio with shavings of aged Parmesan, and Oléron oysters are always terrific.

43 rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs; 1st; 01-42-61-35-41

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