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February 23, 2017

Eating like a Parisian

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I told you about my trip to Paris and my surprise Eiffel Tower engagement, so next we have to talk about the FOOD in Paris and my best tips to eat like a local!

I’m not exaggerating when I say that everything I ate in Paris was basically the best thing I’ve ever eaten. The food here is incredible. Luckily, the city is so beautiful that you enjoy walking around all day burning off your croissant calories. We would walk about 10 miles a day, which was good when every store window looked like this:

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Pastries at a Local French Bakery

The one piece of advice we stuck to in Paris was to avoid restaurants on street corners or by the tourist attractions as these tend to be more overpriced and less authentic, catering to tourists. Following this advice, we found some amazing spots including a few hidden gems and here are my favorites.

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Le Pain de la Bourse

There are small bakeries just about every block and I never found one I didn’t like. We would stop in for fresh baked baguettes or croissants, or better yet chocolate filled croissants. I can say there is no better way to start your morning than a fresh baked croissant and an espresso from a local bakery in Paris. One great place for an assortment of fresh French breads is Le Pain de la Bourse. They serve you a basket of different varieties of fresh made breads with an assortment of jams and creams to spread on them just to start! Then, we got fresh squeezed orange juice and scrambled eggs with a side of bacon and salmon. You can even purchase jars of their spreads to take home and they make great gifts!

One of my favorite places to spend time shopping in Paris was Le Bon Marché. At the bottom of this department store there are fine Parisian chocolates and meats and cheeses. My favorite thing here was their truffle cheese! Truffles + cheese, what could be better? We would pick up some truffle cheese and prosciutto here, then a baguette at a local bakery, then have a great picnic outside of the Eiffel Tower! Add some wine, and you’ll have yourself a party!

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Crepes at Creperie St Malo

My hands down favorite meal in Paris were crepes at Creperie Saint Malo. There are countless crepe restaurants around town, but I was told by some trusted locals that this one is the best. I loved this restaurant so much I went here twice on my 2-week trip! You have to get the special with 1 savory and 1 sweet crepe! It also comes with a salad. I admit it’s a lot of food, but how can one choose between a sweet and a savory crepe? I got the egg and cheese for my savory and the caramel crepe for my sweet option, but you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.

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Pasta Sampler at La Mamma

Another favorite meal was at La Mamma, a small Italian restaurant we just stumbled into walking home from the Catacombs. Neither of us could choose between their amazing fresh pastas, so the natural choice was to each get the pasta sampler and try them all! Wow, I was so glad I did! Their pastas were delicious, and to top it off with some French wine was the perfect dinner date!

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Macarons at Pierre Hermes Paris

Of course. we need to talk about macarons! I preferred the macarons at Pierre Hermé to the ones at Ladurée. Pierre Hermé is a tad less touristy and has amazing flavors like a Pistachio & Raspberry compote mix, called the Montebello. My personal favorite was the Mogador, which is a chocolate & Passion Fruit mix. So delicious!

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Angelina’s Famous Hot Chocolate

If you really love sweets (which, who doesn’t?), then you have to make a stop at Angelina for their famous hot chocolate or their signature Mont-Blanc pastry. It’s so rich and decadent.

Amorino Flower Shaped Gelato, Paris

Amorino Flower Shaped Gelato

Another favorite dessert (okay, I admit I have a lot of favorite desserts) was Amorino gelato. You can pick your flavors and each flavor becomes a petal in a scrumptious gelato flower!

These were just some of my favorites! The food in Paris was so incredible and you will definitely enjoy eating your way through this magnificent city.

Happy Travels!

Ashley

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    Eva Noxon
    February 25, 2017

    Such a great post! I am planning on going to Paris soon and will definitely have to check out some of places you listed! 💕

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      Ashley
      February 25, 2017

      Hahaha I know it makes me hungry too!! Love your blog by the way! 🙂

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    Lynn
    March 1, 2017

    I stumbled across this post through GLT! Congrats on your engagement! I love the food here in Paris (Angelina is AMAZING) and will definitely be trying out some of these other places soon!

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      Ashley
      March 1, 2017

      Hi Lynn- Thanks so much! And I know- Angelina is so good- I’m getting hungry just thinking about it haha! I love your blog by the way!! You’re an excellent writer!

      Happy Travels! #GLTlove

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    Kyla
    March 1, 2017

    This makes me hungry just reading about it!! We’ve been to Paris a handful of times but have yet to drink hot chocolate at Angelina, it looks delicious. And the macarons… the Mogador sounds like it’s to die for (I love passion fruit!). Yumm!!

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    Inês
    March 1, 2017

    I kept reading your post and going “Oh yeah, THAT’S my favorite” and then “Wait no, THAT’S my favorite” and on and on and on haha 🙂 Food in Paris is a DREAM! Chocolate croissants, baguettes, macarons… I’m drooling over here! You’ve definitely given me some good spots to check out next time I visit though!

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      Ashley
      March 1, 2017

      That’s great! I hope you can go try some of these recommendations on your next visit- I know they won’t disappoint! In fact, I’m already dreaming of my next visit back 🙂

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    Aireona- Nightborn Travel
    March 1, 2017

    This food looks so good. I’ve never been to France, but I do love their food. I will keep all this in mind if I ever make it out there (I hope I do).

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      Ashley
      March 1, 2017

      I hope you get a chance to go to Paris one day- it truly is a magical city!

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    Anna Hammerschmidt
    March 1, 2017

    All of that food looks amazing! I love Paris and it’s food. And yes the city is so beautiful that burning the calories is easy. I have never tried Pierre Hermé’s macarons but I will try them next time I visit Paris.

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      Ashley
      March 1, 2017

      Yes, Paris is the best!! And Pierre Herme macarons are so tasty!!! I highly recommend them!

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    Vrithi Chandramani
    March 1, 2017

    Paris is on on bucket list. And this is super helpful. I am very much like you, like to try authentic restaurants that locals would go to. I’m saving this post for later! Thanks a lot.

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      Ashley
      March 1, 2017

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found it valuable! I hope you get to try some of these places. They won’t disappoint!

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    Danielle
    March 1, 2017

    Ugh, I have *still* never been to Pierre Herme. How many trips to Paris has a girl got to take? lol

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      Ashley
      March 1, 2017

      I consider this an excuse to make another trip to Paris!! 🙂

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      Ashley
      March 1, 2017

      Hahaha I know I was basically drooling over my laptop while typing this! Thanks girl! 🙂

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    Asia
    March 1, 2017

    I probably shouldn’t have read that before dinner because now I’m drooling! Haha. The food in Paris looks incredible! I too would have to walk 10+ miles a day to counter the effects of all the yumminess. That Italian food will have me dreaming of going there soon.

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      Ashley
      March 2, 2017

      Haha I know the food in Paris is definitely drool inducing. I hope you get a chance to try out that little Italian restaurant! It was so good!

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    Therie
    April 1, 2017

    I shouldn’t have clicked on this post with an empty stomach! That hot chocolate and gelato look AMAZING!!!

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      Ashley
      April 7, 2017

      Haha I know! Writing this made me hungry all over again! 🙂 It was all so good!

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