I was on a mission. As I've said before, Paris has been on my travel bucket list forever and experiencing the food was no exception.
Every meal is an opportunity to experience the best that Paris has to offer. So, you bet your sweet tooshie I was logging some serious time researching food. Unfortunately, there weren't enough meals in the day.
I'm going to save you some time by putting up my list of recommendations and a few other restaurants worth going to--I promise, you won't regret it.
(Tip: Oh, and when you're done licking your plate, don't forget to ask the waiter "L'addition s'il vous plaît!" (Pronounced: LAH-DEE-SEE-OHN SEEL-VOO-PLAY). It means "Check, please!")
If you have any recommendations of your own, comment below! I'm making a new list of must-eats for my next visit.
Until then, bon appétit ma chérie!
And now, without further ado...
Your Parisian guide to cafés & restaurants:
I couldn't have asked for a better first meal in Paris. It's not the cheapest, but it depends on what you order. I was willing to splurge because it was my first meal in Paris. I ordered Le Petit Déjuner JP Satre (Tip: the amount of food brought out could feed two). I recommend trying the hot chocolate here.
I later discovered this cafe was and still is quite the spot. Originally frequented by thinkers, writers, and celebrities. When you sit here, you'll dine with Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Ernest Hemingway.
Conveniently located one cafe over is Le Deux Magots's main rival, Café de Flor. It's one of the oldest cafés in Paris. They mastered the art of perfect Parisian ambiance. Like its competitor, it's not the most budget-friendly, but it depends on what you order. I recommend trying their croissant and hot chocolate (it's famously delicious).
This gem was and is frequented by famous thinkers, writers, and celebrities. Sit here and enjoy the company of George Bataille, Simone Signoret, and Pablo Picasso.
...is unfortunately, one of the places I didn't go. I can only speak to the ambiance as I passed by, but it was good enough for me to regret not visiting. If you're lucky enough to sit outside, the environment will embrace you. After you've visited the Notre Dame, sit down, relax, order a grand crème and enjoy the scene.
I know. I know. You're in Paris. So, why the heck would I get a fallafel?
Because it's fallafel in Paris, that's why. There's a reason why there are two lines trailing out the door for a reason. Just writing about this makes my mouth water. I'm already craving for more.
Service is quick. You'll have the option to eat here or for take away. If the latter, there are a number of great spots to sit, eat and enjoy the view.
If you love macarons, then Ladurée is a must. This is the quintessential macrons. After all, this is where it all originated.
If you've never been, I recommend sitting down to enjoy their ispahan or macaron (the rose is my favorite) and pair it with a cup of tea. I visit Ladurée quite a bit. So, this time I decided to try something new. I ordered their foie gras and it was exactly what I needed to last me until dinner.
As soon as you sit down, the one and only question you need to concern yourself with is "how do you like your steak?" Don't get me wrong. It's not that the waiters are being forward and deciding what you will eat for you. It's more so because it is the only thing on the menu.
Best of all, just as you're finishing your plate and wishing you had more, they will come around for round 2. The steak and fries are drizzled in a rich herb sauce that's worth the 45 minute wait. (Ok. Fine I lied. They also have some impressive desserts.)
Based on the recommendations of my friendly and entertaining waiter, I ordered the steak and fries followed by the biggest soufflé I've ever had. The food was phenomenal. (Tip: share the soufflé, it's quite large). I think my favorite was the waiter who was throwing and catching wine glasses left and right. He was dancing and weaving between tables and tasks. It was quite the show.
I was starving. Luckily, I stumbled into Pub Kléber. I figured I would have to take a break from my food adventure, but then I saw truffle risotto on the menu... It could've been because I hadn't eaten all day, but this risotto was phenomenal. I learned 2 lessons: 1. Just because it's a bar doesn't mean they don't have good food; 2. You can pretty much stumble in anywhere in Paris and eat great food.
I was excited to try the famously delicious crêpe from Breizh Café until I found out that it was closed on Mondays--my last day here. After much consideration and research, I've deemed this worthy to recommend to try out. If you go before I do or have been there before, you'll have to let me know how it is/was!
(Sadly, I have no pictures for Breizh Café.)