Paris is not only a city of love, but a city meant for foodies too! Food is love made edible, right? Yes, it is. But, before you jump on a plane to explore the culinary delights of Paris, let me take you through some finger licking foods that make Paris the highest rated destination for food lovers from around the world. Almost every hotel and inns here are surrounded by street food restaurants. So, by the time you reach the city, I’m sure you will be an expert in the specialties and of course pricing. Opt for food tours in Paris, but first, you must know which foods you should give a must-try.
A food tour to Paris is incomplete without tasting the humble baguette. As the name suggests, the process of preparation has been in vogue in the country for centuries. But the name gained its importance since 1920. Well, go by the list of best baguette maker contest and decipher the names of top 10 in the list. You can explore Le Grenier a Pain in the Montmartre surroundings, which was basically two times winner of the best baguette award. A hot baguette and coffee, ‘Wow!’
Nothing in France is more perfect than croissants. Try croissant, the perfect blend from Croissant Au Beurre, a place where you can find the best one though a bit more expensive than the rest. Well, it’s all with a bit more French butter that makes it so special. If you’re in the Belleville neighborhood, you should try a croissant from Boulangerie Au 140, a popular croissant joint.
Paris can be bread and pastry lovers delight. Macarons are a rounded cake-like structure which is flanged with a meringue-like consistency. They are made from egg white, powdered almonds, and sugar. They are two halves, sandwiched in a creamy filling. While in Paris, each macaron shop competes with each other in terms of flavor, color and not to mention the variety. This is perhaps a cute filling with a melt-in-mouth taste of salted caramel, raspberry, and rosewater. With every luxurious bite, they represent the awesome flavor of Paris.
Steak fries are the most loved street food item. Since they are the most common, you would never starve in the streets of Paris, only if you have 5 euros in hand. Look for some classic eatery like Le Relais de l’Entrecote, where the ambiance and quality of food are simply a 10/10. An admired dish all over in Europe, try steak fries from special corners of Paris, and I can assure it will be a memory worth recollecting.
Visit France without having a bite of French cheese? Quite unthinkable! Well, while in Paris, you may list down the places known for the best quality cheese, and end up having a long list. I would suggest considering producers like Comte and Camembert as they are excellent and best in business. But you may take chances with smaller producers too. Even you can connect with the cheesemonger staying nearest to your hotel for some handy recommendations. The varieties of cheese found are-white mold cheese, blue cheese, goat milk cheese, ewe’s cheese, and some uncooked semi-hard cheese.
French Wine and Cheese
In France, the tradition of French wine and cheese is age-old. Grapes grown in various regions bear different taste. For instance, Grapes grown in Champagne, Alsace is quite different from those produced in Bordeaux, Provence. Choose the type of cheese you want to have with a particular sort of wine. According to French dining etiquettes, you must wait for all glasses to be filled with wine by somebody and pass the cheese. ‘Cheers’ to the spirit of France, and for a tourist like me who loves adopting the culture of the land.
Oysters are quite renowned in Paris for their quality. Well, you may find different quality in the French coastline. Perhaps, I would suggest trying the Arcachon and Normandy Oysters. Almost 86% of the oysters produced by France are consumed by the country itself while nearly half of the oysters’ production gets consumed between the Christmas and New Year itself. Any Christmas in France is literally incomplete without oysters.
Well, falafel might not be entirely French by origin. But a falafel snack is Parisian like an American burger. You can go to L’As du Fallafel, for the best falafel sandwich in the city. You might have to wait for 20 minutes or so to have a bite of your favorite colossal sandwich wrapped in a paper, but it’s worth it. You can take it to a nearby park and enjoy with your partner or friend. Must say, if you don’t taste this, you never complete your Paris trip.
Couscous is of North African origin, but voted as one of the most popular French foods in 2006. There is efflux of North African immigrants, which is why couscous is a popular choice in France. You will find a lot of well-known restaurants with innovative filling couscous menu. Well, when you’re on a walking tour, I would highly recommend trying some couscous to satiate your hunger. You’ll just love it!
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like chocolates? I guess “No.” So make a point to taste some French chocolates without fail. After all, it’s the first and foremost reason to land up in Paris. Check out the stocks in the hot spot of chocolate delights, Patrick Roger. If you like to taste some quirky flavors of chocolate, then you must opt for Richart. And, those of you who wish to carry home a packet of this edible love; you’re welcome to order the counter for a bouquet of your most favorite flavors.
There are food tours specially arranged for foodie tourists in Paris. Spend 100 euros to visit famous restaurants and explore the taste of rated foods in France. Probably you will explore the 3-4 course meal restaurants, and get to taste the ultimate flavor of French food you been looking for. In fact, your list for favorite food can go on and on, the more you explore favorite restaurants and food joints of Paris.