What To Eat In Paris
Croissants, Baguettes And Pastries
Immerse yourself in Parisian culinary culture and indulge in French bakery delights. Enjoy croissants, baguettes, and the tantalizing variety of viennoiseries. Check out the table below to discover the signature creations of renowned Paris bakeries.
Du Pain et des Idees
Escargot (spiral pastry)
Chouquettes (small puffs)
For something unique, try the rich, buttery Kouign-Amann pastry from Brittany. It has a flaky crust and a soft, sweet center.
Croissants trace their origin to Austria. There’s a legend that during the Siege of Vienna, bakers made crescent-shaped pastries to celebrate their victory over the Turks. Marie Antoinette brought this tradition to France, where it evolved into today’s beloved breakfast item.
Ready to break away from the norm? Try the slimy and savory Escargots in Paris.
Escargots are land snails that are a delicacy of French cuisine. Purging them of impurities is the first step before cooking and they are usually simmered or baked until tender.
A table for escargots will show the restaurant name, price, preparation type and accompaniments. For instance, L’Escargot Montorgueil serves them simmered in garlic and herbs butter with bread and salad. Le Petit Chatelet bakes them with garlic butter and bread crumbs and serves them with tomato salad and wine.
Escargots have a mild flavor, are low-fat and have nutrients like vitamin E and iron. King Louis XIV loved them so much, he only ate them at Versailles. Now they remain a popular food for visitors to Paris.
Indulge in foie gras – nothing says ‘I love my liver’ like force-feeding a duck!
Foie gras. To savor it, one must understand its preparation. Here’s a quick guide.
Type of Bird
Apples & Brioche Toast
Fig Preserves & Sweet Wine
Foie gras production has sparked debate due to animal welfare. Fortunately, Paris has ethically-farmed varieties.
Craving it in Paris? Visit Le Comptoir du Relais for foie gras terrine. Or try L’Ambroisie’s seared foie gras with seasonal ingredients.
And, of course, Coq au vin for those tough birds. Soak ’em in booze!
Coq au vin (chicken in red wine)
Bring French cuisine alive with coq au vin! Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, then brown in butter and oil until golden. Fry bacon until crisp and add onions, carrots, garlic and mushrooms to the pan. Pour in a bottle of red wine, chicken stock, tomato puree, thyme, bay leaves. Simmer for an hour until chicken is cooked through.
For a luxurious twist, fill savory crepes with coq au vin or serve with crusty bread. Don’t forget to experience this iconic French dish when in Paris! Indulge at one of the city’s top restaurants or make it yourself with authentic recipes online. Beef bourguignon is also a great way to show your love – slow-cooked stew of tender beef, red wine and bacon!
This famous French dish is famous for its flavourful and filling taste. It includes tender beef cooked in red wine with loads of veggies, herbs, and spices.
Here’s what the ingredients and cooking time look like:
Beef chuck roast
2 1/2 – 3 hours
Beef bourguignon is usually served with crusty bread or mashed potatoes.
This dish is special because it came from Burgundy, France. Red wine is made there and it was cooked by peasants using affordable ingredients to create a tasty meal. It is still a classic in French cuisine and can be tasted in many Parisian restaurants.
Taste Ratatouille in Paris – you’ll be shouting ‘Oui, chef!’ in no time!
Ratatouille: an iconic Provençal dish renowned for its tasty mix of veggies and herbs! Garlic, onions, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, and tomatoes all cooked to perfection – every ingredient adding its own flavor and texture. Serve it hot or cold, as a main course or side dish – there are many variations!
It’s believed that ratatouille has been around since the 18th century, although its true origins remain a mystery. Nowadays, it’s a beloved staple of French cuisine, enjoyed in restaurants across France. And when you need to cry over something other than your failed attempts at speaking French, why not try French onion soup?
French Onion Soup
Craving French cuisine? Try ‘Soupe à l’oignon gratinée’ – a classic onion soup! Simmered in beef broth and topped with croutons and melted Gruyere cheese. It’s been around since the 18th century when onions were a staple for farmers. In the 20th century, it became iconic in Parisian bistros. For something special, try it with foie gras instead of cheese. Or go for the ‘Onion Tart’ – similar flavors in a pie crust. Don’t miss out on this traditional dish during your Parisian adventure!
And for a real treat, order Steak Tartare – raw meat that’s considered a delicacy!
Tartare, a seasoned raw beef delicacy, is a must-try in Paris. Garlic, mustard, shallots, and a raw egg yolk make up its flavor. Locals and tourists alike enjoy its fine texture and rich taste.
Ground beef is usually used for this dish. Spices are added based on the chef’s preference. It’s often served with French fries or toast.
Tartare originated from Mongolian nomadic Tartar tribes. Europeans later adapted it to beef or fish variations.
Bon Appétit magazine says Le Severo restaurant serves one of the best beef tartares, along with small-producer wines. Try it – you won’t regret it!
Bouillabaisse (fish stew)
Bouillabaisse – a quintessential French delicacy, enjoyed across Paris.
Table time! Ingredients: red mullet, sea bream, monkfish, crab, lobster.
Broth: onions, garlic, tomatoes, fennel seed, saffron.
How to eat it? Bread and rouille sauce – crunchy and delicious.
The perfect pairing? Cheese and wine – if you’re not lactose intolerant or anti-alcohol.
Where to find it in Paris? Le Comptoir du Relais, Chez Janou or other yummy restaurants. Bon Appetit!
Cheese And Wine Pairing
It’s essential to French cuisine to pair the right cheese with the right wine. To enjoy Paris’ flavors, here’s a table of some popular French cheeses and their ideal wine matches.
Chardonnay or Pinot Noir
Beaujolais or Chardonnay
Sauternes or Port
Savagnin or Jura
Don’t just take our word – experiment to find your own favorites. Visit one of Paris’s fromageries (cheese shops) for pairing advice.
Fun fact: A study by University of California Davis found cheese actually enhances the flavors of wine. Enjoy the best French dishes in the best places for the ultimate dining experience!
Best Places To Get These Dishes
To find the best places to get the dishes mentioned in “What to Eat in Paris: A Food Lover’s Paradise” with sub-sections such as Boulangerie, Brasserie, Bistro, Cafe, Market streets, and Michelin starred restaurants, read on. These recommendations will help you narrow down the choices and find the perfect spot to taste the real flavors of Paris.
Indulge in French-style baked goods and pastries! Croissants, baguettes, and other yummy treats await. Quiches and tarts for savory cravings, and éclairs and macarons for sweet tooths!
Discover artisanal breads like sourdough or rye bread. Handcrafted using traditional methods like slow fermentation – for amazing taste and texture.
Complete your indulgent experience with a dark roast coffee. Who needs Paris when you can have the brasserie experience right at home?
Brasseries are popular French-style restaurants with a casual atmosphere, perfect for gathering with friends or family. Popular dishes include steak frites, onion soup gratinée, escargots de Bourgogne and coq au vin. These meals have simple traditional French cuisine flavors, and moderately priced beer is available to complement them. Desserts usually include a cheeseboard served with crackers or bread, and wine.
Eater.com recommends Café Boulud in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood as one of the best places in America to get these delicious dishes. Its Brasserie menu has traditional French bistro fare with innovative twists, crafted by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud.
If food heaven exists, then the Bistro must be its VIP section!
The “Bistrot” tradition is an old one, born in France. It is known for its cozy vibes, fresh ingredients, and simplified menus full of tasty treats. To find the perfect bistro, simply look for picturesque stone-paved streets with outdoor seating. This can be done anywhere from a big city like New York or London to a smaller town like Spain’s Basque Country or Quebec City in Canada.
Sometimes, there are creative twists, like Japanese-French fusion bistros serving miso glazed pork belly and mushroom fries. Delicious!
One time, I stumbled into a tiny Michelin-starred Bistro in Montmartre with a friend. We shared escargots swimming in garlic parsley butter and confit de canard on a bed of crisp potato gratin. All while sipping cheap wine from tumbler glasses near a window lit by flickering candles. It was pure bliss!
Treat yourself to an extraordinary cafe experience! These hot spots boast an inviting atmosphere and a wide selection of delicious dishes. From classic breakfast staples to creative vegan options, there’s something for everyone. Comfortably settle in for a leisurely meal, or grab something on-the-go – you can enjoy your meal indoors or out.
Lattes with beautiful milk foam designs will take you away from the daily grind to a place of serenity. They only use the highest-quality ingredients to make each dish special. Plus, keep an eye out for weekly specials from talented chefs.
My friend was hesitant to try a new cafe until we found this hidden gem. We had to-go croissants and iced coffees, but later took advantage of the outdoor seating. It was a great change from our usual morning routine – now we can’t get enough! Exploring markets is like a culinary adventure – you never know what tasty treats you’ll discover in the street food stalls.
Dive into the vibrancy of bustling market streets. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with local delicacies and the freshest produce. Uncover hidden gems nestled amongst the lively crowd. Navigate through street-side vendors in search of delicious dishes. Choose from artisanal cheeses, succulent meats, and exotic fruits. Indulge your senses and discover a world of flavors!
Don’t forget to try deep-fried insects or game meat sourced from nearby areas. There are plenty of authentic experiences, ranging from traditional materials made by indigenous artists to small-scale entrepreneurs.
Travel National Geographic routes for unique desserts crafted by local chefs. Be prepared for an unforgettable day buzzing with life at every corner. Enjoy culinary delights that will satisfy even the most discerning palate! Why not dine at Michelin starred restaurants and taste the stars on your plate?
Michelin Starred Restaurants
The food industry’s highest honor is Michelin stars. These fine-dining restaurants are acclaimed for their exceptional cuisine, faultless service and luxurious atmosphere. One star signifies ‘very good’, two stars ‘excellent cooking’ and three red stars ‘exceptional cuisine’.
Gourmet dishes crafted by award-winning chefs, with only the best ingredients, are unique to their culture and region. Those fortunate enough to get a table at these establishments often feel they have experienced something special.
Michelin starred restaurants can be found in popular cities such as Paris, New York and Tokyo. But, lesser-known places worldwide also have hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
The Guide Michelin was first published in France in 1900. It featured local amenities for tourists, including maps, gas stations and tire repair shops. In 1926, Michelin added its rating system.
For those seeking an adventure, nothing beats risking food poisoning for a taste of the local culture – Street food!
Street Food And Local Specialties
To satisfy your cravings for the quintessential Parisian cuisine, indulge in the local specialties and street food. Delight in the crispy and savory crepes and galettes, savor the Middle-Eastern flavors of falafel, and indulge in the sweet delicacies of macarons. To warm your soul and sweeten your taste buds, try the hot chocolate, and for a hearty meal, opt for croque-monsieur or croque-madame. Make sure to end your meal on a high note with Berthillon ice cream, a Parisian staple.
Crepes And Galettes
If you’re keen to try some local cuisine, thin pancake-like pastries – commonly known as crepes and galettes – are a great option! Check out the ingredients and characteristics of each below.
Eggs, Flour, Milk, Sugar
Thinner with a sweet taste
Buckwheat Flour, Water, Salt
Thicker with a nutty flavor & savory filling options
Plus, buckwheat flour is gluten-free & high in protein, so it’s perfect for a healthy diet. When buying crepes or galettes, look out for those made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients! Sweet or savory, whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed a great flavour. For a quick snack on the go, why not try some delicious falafel?
Falafel is popular in the Middle East, like Jordan, Israel and Egypt. It can be served as a sandwich or wrap, with toppings such as hummus, tahini, veg and pickles. It’s become a veggie or vegan alternative to burgers around the world.
It’s been around since ancient times, made with beans other than chickpeas. Jews traditionally eat it during their holidays.
Pro Tip: To get an authentic experience, pair falafel with Arabic tea. For a sweet treat, switch to macarons afterwards!
Macarons! So small, yet so tasty. From classic vanilla to creative combinations like raspberry-rose or pistachio-lavender, these treats come in various flavors. Visually stunning, presented in an array of pastel colors that catch the eye, they are perfect for special occasions or as a gift.
Did you know? Macarons were initially made by Italian monks in the 8th century. They were then introduced to France by Catherine de’ Medici’s Italian pastry chefs during her marriage to King Henry II in 1533. Nowadays, they are a symbol of luxury and elegance and have become popular worldwide. Boutique shops are even dedicated solely to their creation.
Hot chocolate: the perfect excuse to justify drinking dessert for breakfast!
Sink into velvety warm choco delight! Indulge in this classic, centuries-old treat. Here are five reasons to savor the flavor:
- It’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
- Choose from traditional to exotic varieties.
- Made with real, high-quality chocolate.
- Customizable – add spices, toppings, or alcohol.
- Engages all your senses – from aroma to texture.
For a unique twist, try Mexican-style cocoa with cinnamon, chili powder, and topped with marshmallows and whipped cream. Not only satisfying, it’s therapeutic too! Pair with local delights like churros or croissants. Or choose milk-toppings for an added richness. Feel bougie with a croque-monsieur or croque-madame from a street vendor.
Croque-Monsieur And Croque-Madame
Croque-monsieur is a unique sandwich – made with slices of pain de mie, no crusts! It’s filled with ham and Gruyere cheese, plus bechamel sauce. Plus, it’s a classic French dish – found in breweries, cafes and sandwich shops around the world. To add richness, try the Croque-madame – with a fried egg on top! You can eat it for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner – it’s all up to your mood! Also, did you know it means “Mr. Crunch” in French?
Plus, if you’re in Paris, don’t miss out on a scoop of the famous Berthillon ice cream – it’s a must!
Berthillon Ice Cream
The famed Parisian ice cream, Berthillon, is a must-have delicacy. It has been delighting locals and tourists alike with its exquisite taste for ages.
Only the best natural ingredients are used to craft the unique flavors that blend together perfectly. Be prepared for long wait times, as this treat is highly sought-after.
One balmy summer night I stumbled upon a cozy place selling this much-loved ice cream. I had to try it and was blown away by its unbelievably smooth texture and genuine flavor.
For an unforgettable experience in Paris, forget the restaurants and go on a food tour! You’ll get to savor local treats while learning about the city’s history and culture.
Food Tours And Experiences In Paris
To explore the best ways to experience Parisian cuisine, you need to check out the food tours and experiences available. Wine tastings, cooking classes, food walking tours, cheese tastings, and market tours are the solutions to discovering the best local cuisine and traditional dishes.
Indulge in the exquisite flavors of Parisian culture! Sample over 5000 varieties of French wines from renowned vineyards and get insights into how each one is produced. Enjoy the delightful combo of wine & cheese, chocolate, or pastries. Participate in expert-led blind tastings to sharpen your palette. Enroll for exclusive winery tours to explore scenic vineyards and cellars. Learn about historical wine-making traditions, sustainability practices, and organic or biodynamic viticulture methods. Venture further with unique pairings like champagne with oysters or Burgundy wines with truffles. Get personalized tour options that are tailored to your preferences!
Dive into the real flavors and culture of Paris with an exciting culinary experience. Uncover the mysteries of French cooking in interactive cooking classes, led by top chefs.
Let your imagination run wild as you learn to make delicious pastries, perfect macarons and master simple techniques such as making a roux or fileting fish. Or, explore Parisian markets and artisanal cheese shops on a food tour created for foodies and those seeking a genuine experience of Paris.
Delve deeper than dining out and explore the abundant cuisine of this captivating city through immersive experiences that will remain unforgettable.
For an extra special touch, try private classes or access the hidden spots only the locals know about. Treat yourself to a unique gastronomic journey while enjoying traditional Parisian hospitality at its best.
Take a walk through the city of love and feast upon its culinary specialties on one of the many food walking tours in Paris!
Food Walking Tours
Explore the culinary wonders of Paris with our food walking experiences. Our knowledgeable guides will take you down hidden alleyways, bustling markets, and cozy bistros. Taste artisanal cheeses, freshly baked pastries, and other French delicacies. Learn about traditional dishes and how to pair wine with cheese. Enjoy macarons and escargots cooked to perfection. Make sure to check out Marché d’Aligre and Rue Mouffetard for vibrant produce, oysters, and charcuterie.
No wonder Paris has been named “The World’s Best City for Food” by Forbes. Take a food tour and find out why it’s considered a gourmet capital. Get ready to savor cheesy delights on a Parisian cheese tour.
Get ready for a wild cheesy ride in Paris! Attend a variety of cheese tastings to gain insights on how it’s made, aged and stored. Try the unique flavors from each region of France. Savor cheesy delicacies served with wine, bread, and accompaniments. Talk to expert cheesemongers who share their experiences. Learn about pairing different cheeses with specific wines. Even create your own cheese! For an extra special cheesy experience, join a tour that takes you to a hidden gem restaurant for an all-cheese menu. A patron described their visit to the ‘Fromagerie Androuet’ as an unparalleled culinary understanding. They indulged in over 15 types of cheese! Visit local markets to get a taste of Paris. You’ll leave with more cheese than you can handle!
Explore Paris’ food markets! Navigate the vibrant stalls for a unique sensory experience. Taste freshly-baked bread, artisanal cheese and locally-sourced produce. Chat with vendors for their insider tips and recommendations.
Don’t miss Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, Le marché des enfants rouges and Marché d’Aligre’s regional specialties and authentic atmosphere. Take a guided tour for hidden gems known only by locals.
Fun Fact: Paris has over 80 street markets selling fresh produce and locally produced products. Paris has much more to offer than just the Eiffel Tower – the food will make your taste buds do the can-can!
Conclusion: The Unparalleled Food Experience In Paris
Paris is a foodie’s paradise! Every bite tells a story of its culture and heritage. From classic brasseries to Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s got it all. Try escargots, coq au vin, quiche Lorraine, and the iconic macarons. Savour France’s best cheese and wine varieties. Plus, explore diverse flavors from around the world.
Pre-book a reservation at Michelin-starred restaurants so you don’t miss out. Bon appetit!