You maybe slightly further north of usual tapas country, but in recent months the French capital has seen a surge in Spanish-style tapas bars. LUXOS sourced the best venues offering everything from generous dishes of spicy sausage drenched in garlic oil, to freshly baked calamari and salads and as well-as summer pop-ups serving locally sourced proudced in sample sizes and quality wines and beers...
Located in Paris’ second arrondissement, near the city’s historic stock exchange, is one of the most buzzed about Basque-style tapas restaurants. A-Noste, meaning ‘chez nous,’ was created by Julien Duboué and reflects the chef’s Basque country roots. It is split into three levels, each one offering its own concept. The street level features a food truck offering perfect taloa grilled sandwiches served on a long bar and farm-style shared tables thus creating a convivial atmosphere where the brilliant tapas menu remains the focus.
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You may already know of the restaurant Le Comptoir du Relais – well, this is its sister restaurant, an outstanding, friendly and bustling tapas restaurant where the menu hangs from the ceiling and there is no place to sit. Head here for a pre-dinner snack with a glass of Morgon wine, or for an evening (or afternoon) of nibbling on Chef Yves Camdeborde’s famous mouth watering small plates. They also have a window for take-away orders for those looking for a quick crêpe or gauffre fix while exploring Saint-Germain.
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Chloe.S Mini Food & Beverage
Previously known for her moist and delicious cupcakes, Chloe.S, located at the top of well-loved rue des Martyrs, has now become a patron saint of tapas in the South Pigalle neighbourhood lovingly known as SoPi by the locals. Known for the ‘mini-food,’ this well-decorated apartment-style tapas bar with its great choice of Italian-style aperitivo is the perfect spot for friends to gather around a glass of wine. It’s also the place for a party as they offer both a catering service and custom menus for private parties.
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Verjus Bar a Vin
This gastronomic tapas bar has been on everyone’s radar since it opened in 2012. Lovingly imagined by a couple who previously ran Paris’ only secret supper club, Verjus wine bar is the perfect romantic spot for an intimate dinner over small plates and great wine. Located on the street that runs alongside the Palais Royal gardens, the almost hidden wine bar features seasonal tapas-style small plates. One of the classics that you can’t miss is the buttermilk-fried chicken, which pairs perfectly with a glass of bubbly.
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The Fish Club
One of the numerous Parisian outposts of the famous Experimental Cocktail Group (also known for La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, The Beef Club and Prescription Cocktail) is this Peruvian-style seafood tapas bar designed by Dorothée Meilichzon. Spread out across two floors, the vibe is lively and the menu is made to share. Fresh ceviche, fried calamari, and authentic tiraditos paired with exceptional cocktails make this one of the most exciting tapas restaurants in Paris.
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In the heart of the northern Marais, an area known for its concept stores and trendy restaurants, is La Mangerie (the eatery). Here, where the motto is “the smile and welcome come first,” you are immediately transported to a friendly and inviting restaurant where strangers become friends – and that of course brims with delicious tapas. Serving both classic and reinvented tapas from around the world, La Mangerie is sure to satisfy any tapas craving – stuffed piquillo peppers, and aged ham are a staple here.
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