This post is part of my Europe Travel Guide, read all about my trip to Europe here! While I was in Paris, I had one thing on my mind, food. Paris is the holy Mecca of pastries and if you haven’t already noticed, sweets are my weakness. Of course I was drooling at the idea of stuffing my face with sweet and buttery French pastries. I have compiled my 7 must eats while in Paris. I do apologize that my list is mostly sweets, but it’s Paris so who can blame me? If you are feeling adventurous or are looking for something savory, try escargot, beef bourguignon, Confit de canard or foie gras.
If you know me, you know french macarons are one of my favorite things to eat in the world. I have tried many french macarons from many different places and nowhere compares to Ladurée. Ladurée was founded in France in 1862 and did I mention, they created the French macaron? They have locations throughout Paris so be sure to stop by the shop closest to you.
My other favorite thing to eat other than French macarons is ice cream. A short walk from Notre Dame is an ice cream shop like no other, Berthillon Glacier. While you can buy Berthillon ice cream throughout Paris, we wanted the real experience and went to the actual shop. All I need to say is that it was so good, my mom finished her cone, got in line again and got another one!
Paris Cafes and Brasseries
The streets in Paris are lined up with the cutest French Cafes and Brasseries. They usually serve traditional cafe food like coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Whether it’s for a quick cappuccino or a relaxing lunch, be sure to grab a table outside and enjoy one of the most cherished past-times in France, people watching.
L’As du Fallafel
When I think of Paris, the last thing that comes to mind is falafel. But let me tell you, some of the best falafel I have ever had was in Paris. You will definitely have to wait in line at Las du Falafel but it is so worth it. Located in the Jewish quarter, Las du Falafel offers middle eastern food. Be sure to order some falafel, obviously, and hummus!
Another must-have while in Paris are crêpes. Crêpes originated in France and you can find them all throughout Paris. You can order them at sit down cafes or on the go at crêperies throughout the city. The best part about crêpes is that they serve them both sweet and savory. So if you’re in the mood for something sweet, you can get a Nutella crêpe or if you’re in the mood for something salty, you can order a ham and cheese crêpe.
While croissants didn’t originate in France, they are synonymous with Paris. Be sure to pick one up at a local bakery and make sure it’s straight not crescent shaped. Straight croissants are made with all butter where crescent shaped croissants can be made with margarine. Trust me, it’s an obvious choice and you can tell the difference.
While you are at the bakery picking up some fresh croissants, be sure to grab some French pastries! Every morning when we were in Paris we would have French pastries for breakfast and I don’t think I had one that I didn’t like. We even grabbed some at Monoprix (the equivalent of a Target) and were pleasantly surprised by how good they were!