Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Where to Eat in Paris


For me, food is a big part of travel. It allows you to experience new cultures and meet the locals if you do it right, and being a fussy eater at the best of times, I like to have a few places scoped out before I arrive. I was only in Paris for three days, but we managed to find some great little places so I thought it would be worth sharing. I've also added in a little map to the bottom of this post with all of the details, hopefully it helps if you're planning a trip to Paris!

Time for Tea


Angelina

If you find yourself in Paris, you must visit Angelina for one of their famous hot chocolates and cakes. Angelina was first founded in 1903 by Antoine Rumpelmayer and quickly became the place to be among the Parisian aristocracy and Coco Chanel herself. If you only try one thing, make it their African Hot Chocolate. The famous african hot chocolate is composed of three carefully selected kinds of African cocoa sourced from Niger, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, and is unlike anything I've ever tasted. While you're sipping on your hot chocolate, you'll also *need* a pastry to go with it. The Mont-Blanc is Angelina's most famous pastry combining meringue, light whipped cream and chestnut paste vermicelli - a unique and unrivalled recipes since 1903. 


Pierre Hermé

Pierre Hermé is the home of the macaroon - a must for any parisian stroll. Pierre Hermé is a french pastry chef and chocolatier, who created his own brand in 1998. Heir to four generations of alsatian baker and pastry-making tradition, Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice to Gaston Lenôtre, so it's fair to say he knows his stuff. Since then, he's been awarded the title of World's Best Pastry Chef and fourth most influential French person in the world. His stores are scattered across the city, so you're bound to stumble across one on your walks. 


Ladurée

When in Paris, tea and cake at Ladurée is a must. The recipe for the Ladurée macaron hasn't changed since the middle of the 20th century, and with good reason - it's delicious. The restaurant on the Champs Elysées is simply stunning - sit and let the world go by as you enjoy one of the worlds most famous macarons, in one of the worlds prettiest restaurants. 

Lunch and Dinner

La Bocca Della Verita

If you're craving italian food whilst you're in Paris (honestly, I'm always craving italian food!), then La Bocca Della Verita is a must. The menu is pretty small, but they've perfected everything they serve. Their hazelnut and rocket pesto pasta is to die for, and the cocktails aren't to be missed either!


A La Cloche d'Or

If you're wanting to try traditional french food, then A La Cloche d'Or is perfect for you. The baked camembert is the best I've ever had, and the staff are all super friendly. The restaurant serves food until midnight, and I'd say the best time to go is around 10pm. You can also book this restaurant online here to guarantee a space and it's in the perfect location right next to the Moulin Rouge!

Frog Hop House

The Frog Hop House has been brewing beer in Paris since 1993 (the year all the best things were born haha) and has since opened up their own bar/restaurant right by Rue Cambon. It's perfect if you want American-French food (their halloumi burger is great) and a cocktail or two. They also serve a great breakfast and the atmosphere is laid back, so perfect for an easy dinner. 

Light Bites:


Bistrot Valois

Located right across the street from the Palais Royal (a.k.a my fave spot in Paris), Bistrot Valois is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat and a glass of bubbly. We stopped off for just that to beat the cold before heading back to the hotel - I'd really recommend the cheese and meats board. 

Café de Flore

The Café de Flore is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris. Located at the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement, it is celebrated for its famous clientele.


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