They say that Paris is the city of love ❤ Well, I definitely fell in love during my long weekend in Paris, but not with a tall, dark and handsome Frenchman like you may think. No, I fell in love with French food. So that you also enjoy your trip to the city of love just as much, we’ve created this guide for the fellow foodies amongst you – enjoy 🙂
Where to go for breakfast
Au Petit Versailles du Marais (1 Rue Tiron, 75004 Paris)
We stumbled across this cute patisserie (French for a bakery which specialises in pastries and sweets) on our first day in Paris. It serves an expansive and mouth-watering range of pastries and cakes from tarte aux fraises (strawberry tarts), mille feuille (vanilla slices), chocolate eclairs, pink praline brioche, macarons, all types of croissants (pistachio, almond, chocolate, Nutella and plain) as well as freshly baked bread each day. My personal favourite was the chocolate and pistachio croissant – there’s nothing better than starting the day with one of those and a fresh café au lait. If you’re staying in the Le Marais area or you plan on visiting for the day – make sure you grab breakfast or a sweet afternoon snack from here. A coffee and croissant is around 6 euro per head.
Where to go for an authentic French dinner (and the best chocolate mousse you will ever try)
Chez Janou (2 Rue Roger Verlomme, 75003 Paris)
When we travel we like to try authentic/ local food rather than things we could eat at home and so a French friend of mine told me about this place – Chez Janou (which translates as ‘Jane’s House’). You will need to book ahead, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, and we weren’t able to get a table until 10pm (its quite normal to eat at this sort of time in Europe), but I guarantee it’s well worth the wait. We were seated outside, but the inside is a cute traditional French restaurant with dimmed lighting and traditional French artwork on the walls. The menu is all in French and includes some typical French dishes such as escargots (snails), ratatouille and a selection of meat, fish and seafood (have to admit, the place isn’t great for vegetarians). My friend had the gambas flambées (prawns cooked a special way) served on a bed of fragrant rice, whilst I had a beautiful white risotto served with scallops which were cooked to perfection. You know the food is good when you forget to take a photo and just start eating straight away!
But, the pièce de résistance was by far the chocolate mousse we ordered for desert. Served in a portion big enough for about 10+ people, you’re presented with a massive bowl of the most creamy, chocolatey mousse you’ve properly ever tasted and you can eat until you’re about to burst! If you end up visiting Chez Janou, it really would be a crime not to try the mousse. A meal including wine, a main and dessert (the mousse) came to around 30 euros per head.
Where to go for falafel
L’As du Fallafel (34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris)
A trip down Rue des Rosiers (located in the Jewish Quarter of the city) is a must for any foodie in Paris – full of patisseries, boulangeries, bars and cute traditional French restaurants, it is a must see. And whilst you’re passing by, if you happen to get peckish, why not try out the best falafel in all of Paris? If you don’t trust me, the queue leading halfway down the street might reassure you (you almost feel quite bad for the other surrounding falafel restaurants who don’t seem to be getting much custom until you jump on the bandwagon and join the queue yourself). The New York Times rated it as ‘the best falafel destination in Paris, indeed in Europe’. And it was the best falafel I’ve ever had – crispy chickpea fritters served with delicious roasted aubergine, pickled cabbage, cheese, hummus and a tomato salsa all in a spongey pitta wrap. ‘Often imitated, never equalled’ – that’s their moto and its certainly true as far as we were concerned! You’ll be stuffed for under ten euros.
Where to go for a traditional French pastry
Dalloyau (Various locations throughout the city)
Paris, and indeed France, is full of delicious patisseries, but if you do happen to walk past a Dalloyau then it is well worth the visit. Filled with amazing cakes, pastries, tarts, macarons and chocolate – it is a sweet tooth’s heaven. However, they also serve delicious savoury snacks such as a selection of quiches (try the spinach and pine nut – it is divine) and you can opt to either eat in or take away. I would highly recommend the tarte aux fraises – the pastry and custard bottom is done perfectly. The mille feuille is also amazing! A take away pastry is around 6 euro.
Where to go for a cheese and charcuterie board
Terra Corsa (42 Rue des Martyrs, 7500 Paris)
The Rue des Martyrs is the street in Paris to explore all that French food has to offer – ranging from gorgeous patisseries, to strong smelling fromageries and bûcheries serving a host of meats and fish, you could spend hours just looking around (or just have a quick browse on your way up to the Sacre Coeur). But you may find that there is only so long you can look without indulging the overwhelming urge to taste – and if meat and cheese is your thing then this is the place for you. With on the street dining, indulge in some people watching whilst feasting on a selection of French cheeses, fresh bread, salad, charcuterie and paté. This is traditional French dining at its best and we couldn’t recommend it more. A cheese and charcuterie platter is around twenty euro, but is more than enough for two people and the service was excellent (with the bread basket refilled more than once).
If you’d like any more information on any of the restaurants we’ve reviewed, please free feel to contact us.