Foodie's Guide to Paris, France
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One of the most popular European cities, Paris is known as the city of lights and romance, however, it is much more than that. Over the last decade, Paris has become a center for gastronomy, with International cuisine at your fingertips once you have filled up on baguettes and croissants. Food is an integral part of French culture. You could climb the Eiffel Tower, stroll down the Champs-Elysees and spend the rest of your time waiting in line to see the Mona Lisa, but if you don't eat out in Paris, you have missed out on the best the city has to offer. Bon Appetit!
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Things to do in Paris
There's only one way to see Paris - eat your way through it! Whether you are traveling on a budget or into fine dining, there is something delicious for everyone. Start your day like a true Parisian does with a coffee and a croissant. A great option is La Maison d’Isabelle, which recently won an award for Best Croissant in Paris, but you can find them at every bakery you pass by.
After a couple of hours of site-seeing, you will probably have worked up the appetite for your next meal: a jambon-beurre sandwich. The jambon-beurre sandwich at La Fontaine de Belleville is famous throughout the city. If ham isn't your thing, there are ample toppings to choose from. The key to this delicious street food is the crispy baguette holding the magic together.
Fast forward to late afternoon, it's time to enjoy a glass of wine best paired with one of Paris' other well-known delicacies: steak tartare. I suggest Le Severo, a butchery where the meat is top-notch.
Paris is known for its walkability, making it a great city to eat your way through (don't forget your comfortable shoes). By dinnertime, you'll be ready for something hearty. French onion soup is as comforting (and as simple) as it gets. Traditional onion soup consists of caramelized onions and beef broth served with croutons and a slice of gruyère cheese on top. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds! Order it from Bistrot des Vosges, one of the best homemade onion soups in Paris!
You can't leave Paris without trying some macaroons. Paris is filled with specialty macaroon shops to get your fix, but Pierre Hermé is one of the most well-known.
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While you are in Paris, take a private boat ride on the Seine. This is an amazing experience with photo opps along the way!
Places to eat & drink in Paris
Cafe De Flore: One of the most famous coffee shops in Paris where you can enjoy a full meal.
Girafe: Gourmet seafood dishes in an upscale restaurant with a terrace & Eiffel Tower views.
L' Avenue: Trendy bistro popular for people-watching. They start you with olives and small breads. I suggest the lobster frites!
Lou Lou: Outdoor bistro near the Louvre museum with a stunning backdrop for photos. The Truffle pizza is a must!
Chez Julien: Local bistro that is both chic and relaxed. The scallops, truffle risotto and veal tartare were the standout dishes!
Caviar Kaspa: Fancy restaurant known for you guessed it - caviar! Must try their baked potato with caviar on top.
Ferdi: Low-key bistro with delicious comfort food. Order Mac Ferdi's Cheeseburger - minced beef, with confited, fried and raw onions, special sauce, mustard and pickles. YUM!
Balagan: Stylish Israeli restaurant with an open kitchen. All of their mezze have amazing flavors!
Frenchie: Rustic-chic stop for seasonal French dishes with global influences. Their skillet cookie for dessert is divine!
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