Paris may well be known as the City of Love, but for many the most lovable part of the city is the gastronomic experience that it offers. Dining out in Paris is one of the greatest experiences a foodie can ever have – from small cafes and bars, to gourmet restaurants and even establishments which offer some of the most stellar views of the city, you will not be disappointed when eating in the French capital. There are a number of brasseries that offer an authentic Parisian experience, located in some wonderful and historic buildings.
Brasserie Julien is located right in the heart of the city and with its wondrous Art Nouveau deco, it isn’t hard to believe that it is actually a listed historical monument. The establishment itself has been a place in which people have gathered to enjoy good food and drink since it was created as a tavern, two years before the French Revolution began. From Angelina Jolie to Jean-Paul Gaultier, there have been many visitors who have passed through the Brasserie’s doors since Jean-Paul Bucher acquired the premises back in 1975. The menu changes depending on the season and all the food is fresh and expertly prepared. From starters including duck foie gras to traditional onion soup and an array of delicious fish and duck as main, the menus are mouthwatering and very reasonably priced.
If you fancy something a little more understated, Le Petit Vendome is worth trying for lunch, although you may have to queue a little while before you can get in (we take this as a sign of how delicious the food is). If you can get in, we advise you to try one of the famed baguettes available. They will only cost you around €5 or so, but you will be filled and ready for the rest of the day. Should you be looking for an eatery with a view, then head to the most famous landmark in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. There are a number of restaurants and a champagne bar located within the tower, and if you are celebrating a special occasion, it is worth splashing out on getting a reservation here.Try and visit 58 Tour Eiffel at night when the city and the tower itself are lit up and glittering. Start your evening with a glass of champagne and enjoy dining in luxury, or try Le Jules Verne where you can pair some of the finest wines with your delicious meal.
When visiting Paris, make sure to sample a delicious crepe and there are so many creperies that you won’t have any trouble finding one. Creperie Josselin and La Creperie des Canettes are two of the city’s greatest to visit. A very thin type of pancake, you can get both sweet and savoury crepes, from ham and cheese, to butter and sugar. Regardless of your filling of choice, your tastebuds will be thanking you. While snails may not be everyone’s meal of choice, you simply cannot have a full Parisian experience without trying some escargots in parsley butter. For those wondering how you actually eat the snail, you will be given a special fork to pull the meat out of the shell. It may be fiddly at first, but it is actually very delicious so definitely worth it!
Allard on rue St-Andre des Arts, and L’Escargot Montorgueil are some of the greatest restaurants in the city to serve the traditional food.If you feel you have had your fill of French food (we find this hard to believe), Paris is also home to a number of international restaurants offering treats from all over the world, including Japan, America, Vietnam and Italy, to name but a few.
Paris is also known for its wine bars, of which there are many to choose from, making it easy to find the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy your glass of choice. Most also offer some delicious food too, from terrines to cheeses to complement the wines. Frenchie Bar a Vins is worth visiting and the food is exquisite. Try a glass of white paired with some smoked trout, or sample some garlic flowers – equally delicious!
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