On top of my How I spent 5 days in Paris post, I thought I’d write a separate one on the hearty meals in cosy cafés I discovered when I was there. A sort of ‘what to eat in Paris’, if you will and we know the French are well-known for being passionate about food, so why not write a food diary?
The French are known for many culinary delights, such as; beef bourguignon, the best fromages as well as idyllic baguettes from dreamy boulangeries. Even the best desserts and naughty snacks herald from here – hello macarons!
So here’s a few things to eat in Paris that I particularly enjoyed. (Don’t read if you’re hungry.)
Ravioli at Le Rouge Limé
Our AirBnb was conveniently close to metro stop Charonne. And, as it turned out, close to some TripAdvisor tipped restaurants too. Scanning the website for places to eat around us Le Rouge Limé was particularly loved and had received many good reviews.
So after arriving in Paris and eating a mediocre meal earlier in the day, we settled in amongst its cosy bar/restaurant setting, ordered a bottle of wine and its Ravioli (vegetarian) dish. (Perhaps not the first dish you think of when looking for the best things to eat in Paris.) But, the wine and food went down wonderfully and I actually regret not eating here again during my trip. (So if you’re in this area, pop in for a meal.)
Croque monsieur at Café Le Nazir
When you’ve been to Paris before as I have, then you’ll know that you’ll be doing a lot of walking. So after getting up early, climbing to the top of the Sacré-Cœur and wandering around a bustling Montmartre; my tummy began to rumble.
We stopped off at a corner cafe (Le Nazir), which looked quintessentially French (dark red decor, with aloof waiters) and I knew before looking at the menu that I’d be asking for a croque monsieur. I always have a croque monsieur when I’m in France, which isn’t the healthiest snack (it’s basically a fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich), so I reserve it for when I’m at my most hungriest!
Side note: there’s also a croque madame, which is the same but topped with a fried egg.
Macarons from anywhere
Before heading to Jardin du Luxembourg we picked up some macarons from somewhere in Montmartre. I’m sure there’ll be some Paris experts that’ll tell you to go to prestigious macaron makers, but I’m really not that fussy when it comes to this meringue-based treat!
So apologies I can’t remember the exact name and place where I bought these macarons. But I can tell you I went for the following flavours: strawberry, pistachio and champagne. Délicieux!
Axoa of veal fried potatoes at Le Petit Baïona
Another restaurant close to our accommodation, although this time recommended by our Airbnb host, was Le Petit Baïona. I was quite intrigued, given that it served traditional Basque dishes, a part of France that may seem world’s away from Paris in the deep south.
Although embarassingly this is where my memory escapes me. I’m sure this was a tender pork meat, served with sautéed potatoes, but I can’t find this in the online menu. So I’ve labelled this the closest meal to it, (I really should start keeping travel notes…).
Different regions of France are known for different culinary expertise, so although this was a bit meat heavy I was glad to try a different taste from the country.
Tarte Fine de Saison at Publicis Drugstore
It’s so easy to get pulled into French bakeries from just window shopping. This tarte fine de saison is a prime example. I’d only nipped through Publicis Drugstore to get to an ATM, but these caught my eye. I picked one up on my way back and munched on it in the queue to the Arc de Triomphe.
Its pastry crumbled away as only French pastry does. But sadly for me there was too many onions in the middle. Other than that, I have no regrets – always buy something that takes your fancy, you’ll never know you might try your next favourite thing!
Have you tried any culinary delights when visiting Paris? Let me know in the comments below because I don’t want to miss out on the good stuff!