DERSOU
21 Rue Saint- Nicolas, 75012

INSIDER TIP | There are two opportunities to get a taste of chef Taku Sekine's inspired cooking. For dinner, with an a la carte or tasting menu service, and Sunday brunch where he features twists on classic breakfast items like pancakes and introduces diners to Asian-inflected soups and small plates. 

PHOTO TIP | The benefit of Dersou's open kitchen is ample opportunity to catch the chef and his team in action. Two key angles: at the entrance looking in, showing the bar and the tables at left, or sitting in the dinning room looking toward the kitchen. 

MOKONUTS
5 Rue Saint- Bernard, 75011

DERSOU
21 Rue Saint- Nicolas, 75012

INSIDER TIP | No other place in Paris offers creative, gastronomic-level cooking alongside a craft cocktail pairing. Japanese chef Taku Sekine handles the menu while Amaury Guyot Of Sherry Butt cocktail bar shakes up inventive tipples. 

 

 

 

 

LE CLOWN BAR
114 Rue Amelot, 75011

LA INSTITUTE DE BONTE
84 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010

INSIDER TIP | It only looks like a rustic, country inn but in fact, it's a cafe along the Canal Saint Martin that offers leisurely brunches, fresh juices and a moment of calm from the busy neighborhood. 

PHOTO TIP |  The earthy tones in this farm-like interior are beautiful but should be enhanced with the colorful produce displayed carefully at the front of the cafe. Include the tools and accessories (hoe, hats, and baskets) to establish a scene. 

 

IMA
39 Quai de Valmy, 75010

L'AS DU FALLEFEL
34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004

INSIDER TIP | The best, original street food in Paris! We don't play favorites, though guidebooks will point you in the direction of L'As du Falafel (we say, try them all and make your own decision).

PHOTO TIP | Falafel sandwiches aren't exactly mess-free so instead of focusing on the food alone, make sure you have cityscape in the background or include the cobblestones on rue des Rosiers to make a more appealing scene. 

LE MARY CELESTE
1 Rue Commines, 75013

INSIDER TIP | Following the prohibition-era inspiration for many of the city's bars, the team at Le Mary Celeste brought a fresh, more casual atmosphere for this popular small plates bar. Think California meets Copenhagen. 

PHOTO TIP |  Pastel-painted exposed brick, white chairs and ropes lend an airy, nautical vibe that requires no extras - the space itself tells its own story. 

LE MARY CELESTE
1 Rue Commines, 75013

INSIDER TIP | From the moment it opened its doors, this Haut Marais cocktail bar did things differently. Oysters, seafood, and ultra-creative small plates that rotate throughout the season are a draw, with or without cocktails, natural wine and craft beer. 

PHOTO TIP | Don't overlook the nook at the front of the bar for your shot -- the colors in the dish will shine against the rustic, wood counter. 

OBER MAMA
107 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011

INSIDER TIP | This spot is a victim of its success which means it fills up fast. Go at lunch and sit at the bar where there are always spots to be had or for an early cocktail and snack. 

PHOTO TIP | There's a lot of interesting design elements in the space that can quickly overwhelm in a photo so be sure to include a portion of the white wall with molding to make the image breathe. 

OBER MAMA
107 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011

INSIDER TIP | All the ingredients at this Italian hot spot come straight from small suppliers in Italy (no middle man!) and are reasonably priced, served in a dynamic atmosphere. Come for pizza, truffle-mascarpone fresh pasta and fun drinks. 

PHOTO TIP | Grab a seat outside at #OberMamma for perfect natural light and marble-top tables that make the colors in the pizza pop!

OBER MAMA
107 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011

INSIDER TIP | If you request any space in the restaurant, make it the back room decked out like a country garden and sit against the wall with mirrors for a view of the pizzas coming out of the wood-burning oven.   

PHOTO TIP | As an alternative to the chic marble tables in the front and outside, opt for the warmth of the back room, with wood tabletops, cushioned banquettes and big mirrors that bring depth.

PARIS NEW YORK (MARAIS)
1 Rue Perree, 75003

INSIDER TIP | Most burger joints in Paris have a very black and white color palate but at Paris New York's Haut Marais location, they brought a fresh look - a bit Miami diner meets Marais cafe. 

 

 

PARIS NEW YORK (MARAIS)
1 Rue Perree, 75003

INSIDER TIP | Milkshakes are given the gourmet treatment at this popular burger joint -- they are made with Italian gelato by Pozzetto, a neighborhood ice cream institution. 

PHOTO TIP | These geometric, colorful walls make the perfect backdrop for food photos! Explore both levels of the restaurant for different options. 

PAS DE LOUP
108 Rue Amelot, 75011

INSIDER TIP | The best Parisian bars are those that offer the right balance of creative cocktails, solid wines, and thoughtful snacks. PasdeLoup nails the experience, with small plates that are as creative and internationally inspired as the craft cocktails on the menu. Chef Lina Caschetto and mixologist Amanda Boucher regularly update the offering, right down to the gourmet popcorn, and propose a pairing menu for diehard cocktail enthusiasts. 

THE BEAST
27 Rue Meslay, 75003

INSIDER TIP | If Paris knows a thing or two about barbecue today it's entirely thanks to The Beast, who brought the best of Texas style brisket, ribs and comforting sides to the city. Be sure to order the @deckdonohue beer on tap, a brew exclusive to The Beast! 

PHOTO TIP | It's all in the tray. Fill your platter to the brim and consider sides that add depth and color to the photo (like corn on the cob instead of beans). Slip in their branded Opinel knife to convey the idea that this is a spot where you dig in. 

BUVETTE
28 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009

INSIDER TIP | This is the Parisian outpost of the Manhattan institution of the same name. If you can't squeeze in for dinner, breakfast makes a sweet alternative. 


PHOTO TIP | What's not to love about the interior? From the moulded ceiling, rustic pail against the exposed brick background, the playfully stacked plates on the bar, and freshly baked goods on display, there is a lot to capture. Use a wide angle lens to incorporate all of these elements or get close to create a vignette.

BUVETTE
28 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009

INSIDER TIP | French comfort foods like rillettes, croque monsieur, salad Nicois, and pastries in the morning make this spot feel like dining at your gran's country home (if gran was impossibly hip). 


PHOTO TIP | Buvette's rustic wood table or white marble tabletops at the bar make ideal backgrounds. Include their artful display of oranges in crates for a splash of color. 

LE PAVILLON DES CANAUX
39 Quai de la Loire, 75019

INSIDER TIP | It looks like the inside of a home (maybe even a tad Alice in Wonderland-esque) but in fact, it's a multi-purpose space: part cafe, part co-working space, part event venue. When the weather's nice, take your book and a coffee outside on the terrace overlooking the Canal de l'Ourq. 

 

 

 

KUNITORAYA
5 rue Villedo, 75001

INSIDER TIP | This corner spot is the best Japanese Udon joint in the city. For the best light, grab a seat at the long table by the window. Don't hesitate to use condiments on the table as props and add a little spice to your udon for a pop of color. 

LE PAVILLON DES CANAUX
39 Quai de la Loire, 75019

INSIDER TIP | A quirky 3rd space that could only be found in Paris! Head upstairs and snag a spot in the Pavillon's bathroom where you can snack and drink your coffee with your feet up and a view of the canal. 


PHOTO TIP |  Like most Parisian bathrooms, a wide angle lens would be best to capture this kitschy bathtub. On a nice day, open the windows wide and include part of the canal for a scenic backdrop. 

 

TONDO
29 rue de Cotte, 75012

INSIDER TIP | Simone Tondo's namesake spot is done up in 1920s Hollywood Regency style with rich greens, sleek black chairs, marble tables and large mirrors -- a place to see and be seen. 

LE TRICYCLE
51 Rue de Paradis, 75010

INSIDER TIP | This spot started as an itinerant tricycle and popped up at food events across town but now have their own brick & mortar location in the 10th arrondissement where they've perfected street food for vegans, and even incorporate flavors from the French islands.  


PHOTO TIP | Order the hot dog combo that comes served with a colorful salad and dessert that add extra vibrance to the shot It all comes out on a cute tray but don't hesitate separating your items to create more elements in your scene. 

TONDO
29 rue de Cotte, 75012

INSIDER TIP | At Simone Tondo's namesake second restaurant, the spotlight is on the chef's many creative talents. The menu changes often but you can be sure his cooking honors both Italian and French terroirs with the best ingredients available. 

CAFE OBERKAMPF
3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011

INSIDER TIP | It's a toss up between the Lost in Cheeseland sandwich (so named for @lostncheeseland) and the flavorful Shakshuka for bestselling eats at Cafe Oberkampf but we tend to lean cheesy. This grilled triple cheese sandwich includes homemade chili jam for a little extra kick. 

PHOTO TIP | Set up the shot before the sandwich even arrives by selecting the counter seats at the front of the cafe (cheese that sits for too long will get hard and greasy). Then, pull the sandwich apart to show its gooey goodness and stack, if desired, to show its heft. 

CAFE OBERKAMPF
3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011

INSIDER TIP | Shakshuka is one of the most photogenic breakfast items here and, to top it off, it's served in a cast iron pan on a wood board. Place the garnishings (bread, creme fraiche and chili salt) around the dish to create balance to your photo. 

 

CANDELARIA 52 rue de Saintonge, 75003 INSIDER TIP | Grab a spot at the communal table in the front for the best light. Tacos are flat and therefore more appealing when photographed from above. Squirt some lime and hot sauce on top for an even more colorful and messy look! And don't forget to head toward the unmarked door at the back of the kitchen to continue the evening at the Candelaria craft cocktail bar, named one of the 50 best in the world. 

CANDELARIA
52 rue de Saintonge, 75003

INSIDER TIP | Grab a spot at the communal table in the front for the best light. Tacos are flat and therefore more appealing when photographed from above. Squirt some lime and hot sauce on top for an even more colorful and messy look! And don't forget to head toward the unmarked door at the back of the kitchen to continue the evening at the Candelaria craft cocktail bar, named one of the 50 best in the world.