Disclaimer: I am not a cultured food connoisseur. The term “foodie” doesn’t even enter the realm of adjectives people would use to describe me. I didn’t know sushi existed until I was in my mid-twenties, my favorite snack is popcorn and I think the microwave and oven are interchangeable cooking devices.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I have to admit that Paris made me want to be a better
person chef. My cold non-foodie heart warmed up somewhere between the fourth and fifth melt-in-my-mouth almond croissant and I became a French food believer. I’m still no expert, so take this advice with a grain of salt (food joke, check!), but thanks to The Kitchy Kitchen’s Guide to Paris and TripAdvisor I ate some of the best meals of my life in France’s capital.
First stop – croissants. Just find the local boulangerie (that’s bakery for us English speakers), and start the tour de flavors.
For a true French meal I loved Restaurant Astier in the 11th arrondissement. The food was so delicious we ate it before we could document it, but we did manage to take a photo of this lemon meringue tart. You’ll need a reservation at this spot, and most of the fancier French restaurants.
One of our favorite places was a vegetarian Asian fusion diner also in the 11th called Tien Hiang. The restaurant was far from the touristy part of town so no one spoke English, but the menu has a few pictures to guide you.
When I read about Candelaria in Claire’s guide, I knew I had to go. There are only 3 items on the menu and an equal number of seats at the bar, so it’s not a leisurely spot but well worth the crowd for authentic Mexican in a continent where it’s sometimes hard to find.
Another spot I loved in the Marais was L’As du Fallafel. It’s a good lunch stop because it’s cheap and easy to eat while wandering the surrounding streets.
Saving the best for last…dessert! I love all things chocolate and sugary, so I felt right at home in Paris. Macarons are a must-have and there’s several options including world-renowned Ladurée, Pierre Hermé, and Maison Pradier – to name a few.
La Maison du Chocolate is a fancy chocolatier with locations near the Louvre and Avenue des Champs-Élysées so you can work it into your tourist agenda easily.
I’ll be back in March so I’d love to hear your Paris food recommendations for my next visit. My main requirements for dining while traveling are that it’s not a tourist trap, it’s been recommended or has good reviews online, and won’t break the bank. Merci and bon appétit!