If you are a foodie, a trip to the culinary capital of the world, Paris should be on your bucket list. With its charming open air food markets, chocolate shops and Michelin star restaurants the city offers a smorgasbord of gastronomical delights. Here are top things you can do to make the most of your culinary trip in Paris:
- Get Fresh Baguettes from Boulangerie
The best way to find the best food in Paris is to go where the locals queue up. They know where all the good stuff is and if there is a line stretching all the way down the street, you can bet you will love whatever they are having as well. That is what you will see when you visit Parisian Boulangeries in the morning. They offer fresh backed baguettes complete with a crackling crust that melts in the mouth at first bite. Get there early in the morning or you will have a long wait ahead of you.
- Go On a Wine Tasting Tour
The cheese and wine tasting experience in Paris is unlike any other. Get a taste of some of the finest vintages you can get by signing up for a tour with an experienced guide who will tell you the history of winemaking in the country. Or you can visit a wine bar and sample wines from different regions. The guide will teach you about the subtle flavors of each one and give you information that will make you savor each sip you take. You can always walk with them during the tour to get more info. This can include the best tours to do in general.
- Go On a Parisian Food Tour
One of the best ways to get access to a range of culinary delights in a single day is by going on a food tour. There are a number of them you can on in Paris. It’s actually a great way not only to understand the gastronomical history of the city but also its culture and its people. Try delicious French cheese, pastries, olives, range of olive oils and the classic macarons.
Depending on the package you go for, you can spend a couple of hours touring the food hub. Think of it as a mini food lover guide to Paris and a great way to spot some places that serve lunch and dinner you can try during your stay.
- Visit the Food Market
One of the best food markets in Paris, the Rue Mouffetard is a must visit for food travelers in the city. The best time to visit is between 10 am and 1 pm and on a Saturday when the market is really bustling. Find a range of vegetables, fruits and several outdoor cafes that you can sit in to people watch and dine on the food you bought.
If the street market is closed on the day of your visit you can always go to the others such as the Marche Raspail or the Marche Bastille.
- Take a French Cooking Class
If you want to learn how to cook like the French what better way to learn than taking a cooking class in its capital? Considered one of the finest cuisines in the world, taking a class that teaches you how to prepare classic French dishes will be the icing on the cake during your trip.
For the best experience, take a cooking class that also takes you to the local markets to shop for ingredients. That way you can talk to the locals about the products and learn which ingredients to pick for each dish. La Cuisine Paris is a good example. They offer baking and patisserie classes so you can finally learn how to make those croissants and baguettes properly.
- Eat Crepes on the Street
The classic French crepe is a must have for foodies who visit Paris and who prefer to explore it on foot. These thin, savory/sweet delights can suit any taste and can be eaten on the go. Get crepes filled with all manner of filling such as sweet Nutella, fruit, marmalade, meat, vegetables, cheese or all of them. This pancake is a complete meal that won’t give you a sugar rush unless you want it to.
Plus, these are also cheap so you can buy a number of them to take with you on a tour, on a picnic or a walk around the city. You will need that fuel during your explorations and sight-seeing. Always choose a professional Creperie to get your crepes from if you want the real deal. These have stacks of these prepared and ready for the filling you want in them. A good rule of thumb is to look for Creperies that look old or rustic. These are the ones that have been there for a long time for a reason!
- Try Apple Gourmet Cheese at a Fromagerie
Cheese is a staple in the diet of the French but if you want a taste of fresh varieties, visit a fromagerie. The friendly staff are trained to introduce visitors to several varieties of cheese and help you narrow down choices that you can taste. You can also buy a small block to nibble on during the tour or to take home with you. One thing is for sure – the artisan fromagers will make sure that you come out of the experience more knowledgeable about French cheese and even what it can be paired with. Try a number of them for a holistic experience.
- Dine at a Michelin Star Restaurant
While Paris is home to several affordable and delicious food options, it is typically known for its fine dining options. The city is home to a number of Michelin star restaurants that make up for their exorbitant prices with the finest ingredients and vintages diners can hope for. The attention to detail that is given to every dish down to the taste is well worth the price. There really is no better place for a foodie to splurge in Paris than at one of these fine establishments.
These were just some of the food options you can enjoy in the City of Lights, so your trip to the city will be memorable, to say the least.