Foodie Adventures In Paris
Ah, Paris, the City of Lights.
And for those of us foodies, it’s also the city of incredible French cuisine.
Many people go to Paris to see the famous Eiffel Tower, walk along the Champs-Elysées, and lose themselves in the Louvre. But they also come for the food, and in this post, I’m going to take you on a virtual food tour of one of the top destinations in the world.
Food is as important in France as in any other country, but the French are world famous for their exquisite dishes and people all around the world try to emulate great French chefs (calling all Julia Child wannabees!).
The only way to comprehend this special gastronomy is to consume it all. To get the whole Paris experience, start with some of the most well-known and renowned foods in the city. Bon appetit!
When you're in Paris, eating a croissant for breakfast with a coffee is the norm. The flaky pastry by itself or with butter and jam or chocolate spread is delicious!
The secret to these pastries is the dough, which consists of several layers of butter folded in with flour. If you want to try to make your own, this recipe takes time and practice.
In Paris, La Maison d'Isabelle (47th Boulevard Saint-Germain) is a fantastic choice to find the best croissants, and it just won an award for the Best Croissant in the City. What more could you want for a quick, delicious breakfast?
Crepes. Portable, delectable, and irresistible. And one of the most famous street foods to get in Paris and all around France.
The reason is because they're easy to carry and eat. They're also very versatile, so they can be filled with many different ingredients!
The classic Banana Nutella crepe is very popular, but you should also try the savory ham and cheese one. One of my personal favorites is Crêpes Sucrées, a buttery sugary plain crepe that melts in your mouth. If you can find a crepe vendor by the Eiffel Tower at night, even better!
Where To Find the Best Crepes
The best crepes in the city can be found at La Creperie de Josselin on rue du Montparnasse. It's a great spot in one of the most famous districts in Paris. The crepes come in a variety of flavors and the venue even has delicious cider.
Who doesn’t like cheese? If you’re a cheese lover like me, there are so many different kinds of cheeses in Paris.
Some are mild and creamy, while others are sharp and pungent. If you want to try them all, you'll need a lot of free time, a decent budget, and a large appetite!
Where To Find the Best Cheeses
Paris is a city that makes cheese lovers’ dreams come true. Going into a cheese shop is like stepping into fromage heaven.
A La Ville De Rodez, located in France, is the place to be for any cheese connoisseur. They have nearly every type of cheese you can imagine with hundreds of cheeses on display at all times.
You can’t leave Paris without trying French wine -- it’s a must! No trip to France is complete without a glass of vin, and with some of the best wines in the world, it’s a given that you’ll buy a few glasses -- or bottles -- during your time there.
If you’re also a literature lover, a really great place to check out is La Belle Hortense, which doubles as a bookstore. Feeling a bit famished? No problem. Place an order with the servers and they’ll bring you something delicious from their restaurant across the street, Les Philosphes.
There’s a little bit of a voyeur in all of us if we’re being honest with ourselves. Parisians seem to embrace this with the way many sidewalk cafes are set up: little tables in two to three rows, placed outside of the cafe, and a server who doesn’t try to rush you to finish your food or drink.
When I first visited Paris in 2003, these little cafes were one of the things that made such a huge impression on me. I’d never seen so many rows of tables with people facing outwards rather than facing each other. Young and old, patrons would chat with each other while watching people passing by. Be sure to take part in this tradition when you’re in Paris and sip on espresso while people-watching the stylish habitants of the city.
Eat Like the French
What does Parisian cuisine mean to you? Maybe it’s a baguette or croissant for breakfast. Perhaps it’s the smell of butter frying in a pan or a delicious macaron. Whatever your favorite French food may be, there are so many different types that you can find something to love.
So if you find yourself in the City of Lights, enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris… but be sure to take lots of time to simply enjoy the delicacies on offer, learn some basics for ordering in French, and bring a foodie friend with you to get the most out of one of the world’s most beloved travel destinations.