Every legit foodie has ‘eating in Paris’ on their bucket list. What better place to get a truly incredible culinary experience than the City of Lights? Paris definitely knows the way to a food lovers’ heart – through boeuf bourguignon, coq au vin, escargots, and soooo much more!
But as a food connoisseur, you also know that you can’t just settle for any ol’ baguette or croissant. To get a more authentic and unique experience than other travelers, follow this BUCKiTDREAM guide to discover some of the tastiest food Paris has to offer.
Discover Where the Food Comes From Starting your culinary adventure with a market tour is the perfect way to kick off your Parisian food education. These tours (like the one from La Route des Gourmets) allow you to view (and taste!) fresh produce and other ingredients while gaining insider info on how to create decadent French meals when you get home.
Brunch With the Best Of Them If you’re too tired from exploring the city to get up in time for breakfast, head to brunch like the French folks do. Season will have you drooling over their caramel pancakes and banana tartines. Another great option is Cafe de Flore, a picturesque (and historical) spot with lots of yummy pastries to partake in.
Jump in the Kitchen No one can visit Paris without sampling Ladurée’s world-famous macarons, Christophe Michalak’s pastries or Alain Ducasse’s sumptuous chocolat. But why not learn the craft of making these delectable little treats yourself? Head over to Cook’n With Class where the talented chefs teach English-speaking lessons in the fine art of French cuisine, including dessert and macaron classes.
Get Cheesy Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without appeasing your cheese obsession and if you just want a snack, head to Quatre Homme for some of the best-tasting cheese in the world. But if you really want to dive into the deep, creamy end of the pool, book into a specialist French Cheese Tasting Workshop with the wonderfully named Paris By Mouth, where you’ll learn about the 500 different French cheeses while sampling 10 of them over the two-and-a-half hour session. Oh, and they’ll throw in a 5-course wine pairing. Voilà!
Skip the Typical French Food at Least Once You might not be aware that Paris has some killer options for Mediterranean food. So, if you steer clear of the usual traditional French standbys, you’ll find gems like L’As du Fallafel in the Le Marais district. Although the tiny restaurant can get super crowded, you’re guaranteed to have the best falafel of your life!
Stay in a Hotel That Lets You Jump a Months-Long Restaurant Queue Paris is full of beautiful hotels but you’ll want to book yourself a room at Le Relais Saint-Germain, where guests have the queue-jumping honor of dining in the hotel’s La Comptoir, one of the hottest, most booked-out restaurants in the city. You should eat in at least one full-on fancy restaurant in Paris, so you might as well get the VIP treatment!
Once you’ve eaten your way around Paris with these tips, see if any other BUCKiTDREAMER would love to emulate this trip by sharing your plans on the app. Don’t forget to check out 6 of the Finest Haute Cuisine Restaurants in Paris or The Parisian Delicacies of L’Arpege for more food inspiration!