A Foodie Destination Guide to Paris

Paris is famous for being one of the greatest gastronomic capital cities of the world. With delicious restaurants, cafés and patisseries on every corner, it is the perfect destination to dive straight into sampling French cuisine.

French food is diverse and wide-ranging, including everything from traditional dishes originating in the Middle Ages to contemporary Michelin-star plates with modern flair. Paris perfectly showcases all of France’s regional twists, classic fares, haute cuisine and street eats, giving visitors the perfect opportunity for a culinary adventure

Best Breakfast in Paris

Croissants

For the best breads and pastries in Paris, head to Blé Sucré. Best known for their incredible, award-winning croissants, this is the place to visit to start your day.

Coffee

If you’re still feeling a little sleepy from the night before, grab yourself a coffee from one of the city’s most popular cafés. If you’re looking for a great coffee and want to experience an innovative eatery, head to Holybelly, the new kid on the coffee block. Alternatively, if you are a serious caffeine aficionado, pop in to Coutume Café where you can be served drinks made with all sorts of brewing methods by talented baristas.

Best Sweet Treats in Paris

Macarons

There is only one chef in Paris who really knows how to make macarons and that is Pierre Hermé, the ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef’. Responsible for skyrocketing the humble macaron to fame, Pierre has worked as a chef in Ladurée and owns the self-named patisserie Pierre Hermé. Both experiment with exciting flavour combinations and have put the macaron firmly on the map.

Bonbons and Chocolates

Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to chocolatiers in Paris. With an abundance of cafés and boutique shops, it can be hard to choose between them, but some venues definitely stand out from the crowd.

Among Paris’ top five chocolatiers is Jean-Paul Hévin, a legendary boutique for desserts, including individual chocolates, single-origin bars and heavenly hot chocolates.

Family-run Parisian institution Foucher combines history, art deco design and delicious treats. Foucher has been based in the same Art Nouveau location for two centuries and all of its desserts, bonbons and chocolates are carefully wrapped and presented in beautiful ArtDeco-inspired boxes.

Éclairs

Nothing compares to the beautiful cream-filled puffed éclairs at L’Éclair de Génie. These delectable pastries are handcrafted in incredible detail and have an exciting array of flavours that give a modern twist to the traditional éclair.

Ice Cream

Famous for serving up the best ice cream in Paris, Berthillon is the only place to go for a scoop or two (or three). With endless flavour choice and the most superb quality, you won’t want to miss out.

Best Lunch Spots in Paris

Sandwiches

Looking for a light lunch? Look no further than Maison Kayser or Café de Flore for a quick baguette or croque monsieur. Freshly baked bread with a perfectly crisp crunch and tasty fillings — nothing beats a sandwich on the streets of Paris for lunch.

Alternatively, if you want to try something a little different, join the crowds heading to the Jewish quarter for a generous overflowing pita from L’As du Fallafel. Fillings include their famous falafel, hummus, aubergine and their spicy sauce.

Best Restaurants to Try French Classics in Paris

Cheese Platters

Nothing screams French food quite like a classic cheese plate and Paris has restaurants lining up for you to indulge in. Charming bistro Restaurant Astier is known for serving up one of the world’s best cheese boards, whilst cheese boutique Androuet gives visitors the opportunity to dine and then buy their favourite cheeses to take home.

French Onion Soup

Dive in to one of the most popular Parisian dishes French onion soup at comfort food restaurant Au Pied de Cochon. Chunky onions in a beef broth with a baguette covered in cheese, baked to perfection: this is the foodie dream.

Experiment a little with dishes such as escargot or steak tartare. If it’s your first time eating either of this dishes, head to L’Escargot Montorgueil or La Rotonde for delicious traditional French dishes done well.