Where to be 'Scene' in Paris — the Cool Kid's Guide
That headline would be really annoying if we were talking about ourselves. But we aren’t. We chatted up a bunch of Cool Kids — Christine Muhlke of Bon Appétit magazine, Anna Polonsky of Le Fooding (and her Paris-based Cool-Kid Friends), and food photographer Michael Harlan Turkell, among them — to get the list of must-see, -do, and -eat things in Paris, France right now. So you can be a Cool Kid, too.
The chefs at Au Passage. Photo credit: Au Passage
RESTAURANTS: Septime because it lives up to the hype; Clamato, by the same team, for delicately balanced flavors of the sea (like razor clams with fresh herbs); Bones, for its Brooklyn-in-Paris lack of pretentiousness and 32-year-old Australian chef James Henry’s smoky bar snacks; Candelaria for chorizo tacos (taqueria in Paris!) that “honestly rivaled anything I’ve had here in LA,” according to our west coast friend; Le Voltaire, the classic Paris bistro; Au Passage, the perfect neighborhood restaurant where, if you stay until a little past midnight, you might tip back a couple shots with the staff.
The bar behind Candelaria. Photo credit: Candelaria
BARS: Le Mary Celeste, one of the small number of places in Paris serving craft cocktails, is owned by the folks behind Candelaria; Aux Deux Amis, which should not be judged by its sleepy café exterior — just don’t try to get in on a Friday night; Septime La Cave is a stone’s throw from Clamato, making it a good resting spot while you wait for your name to reach the top of the list; La Buvette, run by Camille Fourmont, formerly of Inaki Aizpitarte’s tapas joint Le Dauphin; Le Baron Rouge, where, according to cookbook writer David Lebovitz: “On weekends, the crowd spills out onto the sidewalk, where fresh oysters are heaped in baskets and a young man pops each one open, serving them by the half- or full-dozen on a tangle of glistening seaweed.” So, yeah.