Paris is known for many things, including being the city of romance and love. But as Virginia Woolf wisely said, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”. She’s not wrong, I’m an absolute witch when I’m hungry, and good food can be the difference between a bad weekend and a great one.
Whilst I didn’t fall as hard for Paris as some others have (see the full city guide here, and my reasons for not enjoying Paris as much as I’d hoped to), one thing I will say about Paris is that food is absolutely top notch. In our short weekend we managed to fit in a lot of eating and drinking, so it is a good job we fit in a lot of walking around too. Or else they would have had to roll me on to that Eurostar home.
Here’s all the places I’d highly recommend trying when you are next in Paris!
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte
I thought I’d start with the best of the best. Our favourite restaurant in Paris, and one that we would have happily ate at each day. Le Relais pretty much serves only one thing – amazing steak frites. AMAZING. The best meal we ate in Paris by some margin, and recommended by bloggers Sophie Cliff and Wanderluce.
What’s better than one plate of amazing steak frites? TWO PLATES of amazing steak frites, and that is exactly what happened without asking. Upon ordering, we were brought a little salad to start, and then we were served a full plate, as above, of our steak frites. I’ll be honest, we cleared that off pretty quickly, and just as I was remarking how I could totally eat that again, the waitress was back and serving us another round. WITHOUT ASKING.
Surely seconds of steak without asking is pretty much the dream, right?
There was plenty to choose from, from traditional french dishes through to excellent seafood and it was extremely hard to choose. Eventually I opted for a Prawn and Avocado Cocktail, a traditional duck/potato dish and an apple tart that completely blew my mind. It was very 70s, but the service was wonderful and we left with full bellies, hearts and importantly wallets!
Kraft Hot Dog
Another Wanderluce recommendation Kraft wouldn’t be out of place in Shoreditch. A trendy hole in the wall style eatery serving inventive hot dogs right in The Marais just minutes from the Pompidou centre, the food is simply but delicious.
On the face of things, you wouldn’t think you could be that inventive with hot-dogs but Kraft manage to be with crispy fried onions, guacamole, cheese and coleslaw being among the many topping options.
The guys at Kraft were super friendly too and it was clearly popular locally as there were big queues as we arrived. Definitely seek it out on your next trip to Paris!
Sometimes only a burger will do, and after a weary three days walking the length and breadth of Paris, we were in search of pre-Eurostar sustenance close to Gare du Nord. We found Mamie Burger on the slightly edgy but definitely up and coming Rue de Faubourg and ordered burgers, fries and happy hour beers and cocktails until our train came home. We left happy and full, and that’s really what it is all about.
Everyone I spoke to about coming to Paris told me to try this place, so who am I to deny common sense?Angelina is located on the Rue de Rivoli next to Tuileries Garden, and is a tea house where you can go for macarons, afternoon tea, lunches etc. But it is famous for its hot chocolate. Believe me when I say you absolutely will not taste better!
This hot chocolate was thick and creamy, so thick in fact that a spoon would easily stand up in it. I don’t think I’ll ever taste better hot chocolate, and I’ve been pretty much ruined for it in the UK!
My favourite taste of Paris that are an extra special trip back home, I couldn’t leave Paris without visiting Laduree. We visited the one on the Champs Elysee for mid morning macarons and cafe creme. For my money, a trip to Paris is not complete without a taste of Laduree macarons!
Obviously after tucking into chocolate, caramel, lemon and rose flavours, I just had to buy a box of my own! We watched people tucking into some amazing brunches and breakfasts too whilst we were there, and the window seats are fantastic for people watching.
Shakespeare + Company
Shakespeare + Co is a quirky cafe and English bookshop with amazing views of the Notre Dame. They also do fantastic vegan food and juices if you are that way inclined! After visiting inside the Notre Dame we stopped by for a browse, a coffee and a fancy juice and sat outside watching the sun set over the cathedral. Magical!
Paris is a foodies paradise, whether you are looking for wonderful wine, french delicacies or new twists on classic dishes. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried anywhere awesome in Paris, for my next visit!