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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.