We still have a long list of foods that we want to try in Paris but I figured that the amazing food we ate during our trip is worth having its own post in my blog. Hence, our list of must-try foods in Paris! Several items in this list are popular and there are also some unfamiliar places that made us craving for more. Get ready to drool!
Angelina is one of the famous tea rooms in Paris. Walking inside this chic tea room is a delight. There are macarons, chocolate pralines, madeleines, and their signature pastry, Mont Blanc.
We started with Angelina’s Tea Time. For €20, we were able to try some finger sandwiches, cheese canapé, mini macaron, madeleine, and mini pastries like Mont-Blanc. The Tea Time also comes with a choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
Overall, we were delighted with our tea time. It was a great way to sample their menu, especially the pastries!
Angelina is mostly known for its old-fashioned hot chocolate and signature pastry, Mont-Blanc. The hot chocolate is served with whipped cream on the side. It is extremely rich and decadent. Both hot chocolate and Mont-Blanc are already included in the Tea Time.
Since we were sharing, we thought that one mini Mont-Blanc would not be enough. We ordered an additional regular Mont-Blanc and we barely made it through the end. It was deceivingly heavy! Mont-Blanc is made of meringue base, light whipped cream filling, and slightly sweet chestnut cream cover. Angelina is quite expensive but since you are already in Paris, you must try it at least once!
Address: 226 rue de Rivoli
Next on our list of must-try foods in Paris is a small crêperie in the Bastille area called O’Crousty. We stumbled upon this crêperie while we were walking outside our hotel. It caught our attention when a customer ordered and we saw the generous amount of cheese and meat on the crêpe. Without a second thought, we ordered a savoury crêpe and a Banana-Nutella crêpe.
We watched as the crêpes were made in front of us. The savoury crêpe had overflowing cheese and was later added with a handful of ground beef and some kind of special sauce. The crêpes were so good especially the savoury one!
There are many crêperies around Paris but O’Crousty is one of our favorites. It is cheap, packed, and flavorful! It could certainly satisfy a night craving.
Address: 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre
A short walk from O’Crousty and you’ll find another one of our must-try foods in Paris. It is a small, famous patisserie called Blé Sucré.
On our first visit, we tried the kouign-amann and gâteau basque. The gâteau basque is a cake with a thick cream filling while the kouign-amann is similar to a croissant in terms of its tender, buttery, flaky center. I like it more than a croissant because it has a crunchy yet chewy, caramelized and slightly-burnt crust. Every bite of the kouign-amann was a perfect balance of texture and flavor!
Many say that Blé Sucré makes one of the best madeleines and croissants in Paris. We were supposed to buy these best-sellers on our next visit. Unfortunately, when we arrived mid-afternoon, only few items were left and the croissants and madeleines were already sold out. Apparently, this happens often. If you are planning to buy their best-selling pastries, it’s best to do so in the morning! Who doesn’t want freshly-baked pastries anyway? 🙂 We’ll definitely go earlier when we return to Paris. We still have to try those madeleines and croissants!
Address: 7 Rue Antoine Vollon
More than a 100 years old, Bouillon Chartier has established itself as one of the well-known traditional restaurants in Paris. It is loved by its local patrons and it has gained popularity with tourists as well. It has only one branch and it doesn’t accept reservations so expect a long line of hungry customers. We can’t blame them though. After our dining experience, we can’t wait to eat here again! It is really worth the wait. Bouillon Chartier serves delectable classic French meals at reasonable prices.
Duck Foie Gras and Escargot
For starters, we ordered a block of duck foie gras and escargot for €6-7 each. The duck foie gras was rich and creamy. It melted in my mouth at each bite. I have always liked snails but I particularly loved the escargot from Bouillon Chartier. Each serving comes with six snails cooked in garlic and generous amount of parsley butter. The escargot had a chewy texture and a clean taste.
Duck Confit and Grilled Andouillette
For the main course, I ordered the duck confit while Mr. C and our friend Debra ordered the grilled andouillette with mustard sauce. The meals range from €8.5-13.5.
The duck confit was fantastic! I wanted to savor every bite. It was seasoned well and since it was cooked in its own fat, the duck confit was very flavorful. The skin was light and crispy and the meat was succulent.
Unlike the duck confit which is always a hit, the grilled andouillette is a “love it or hate it” type of dish. It is not your typical sausage because instead of ground meat, the andouillette is made of pig intestines. It is chewy and has a distinct, strong flavor. The mustard sauce complements the grilled andouillette well. This dish is an acquired taste and we actually liked it!
We finished our dinner with a custard-filled profiterole. It was oozing with rich chocolate syrup and sprinkled with chopped almonds. Yum!!
Address: 7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre
Thanks to the recommendation of our friend, we found another dining option that serves excellent and affordable classic French cuisine, Bistrot Victoires. Their main entrees ranged from €10.90 to €13.50 each.
We ordered the beef ribeye steak and the duck confit. The steak was served with a burning wild thyme on top. Its presentation was unique and impressive! The steak was seared well on both sides. It was also juicy and tender. For €12.50, we were very satisfied with the steak and homemade fries.
The delicious duck confit was the highlight of our dinner. It was crispy, flavorful, and juicy. It came with a side of sarladaises potatoes which was fantastic! The potatoes were cut into thin slices, cooked in garlic and duck fat, and then garnished with parsley. Yum!! The duck confit with sarladaises potatoes is definitely the must-try dish if you are going to dine here.
Address: 6 Rue de laVrillière
L’as Du Fallafel
If you are looking to stray away from the classic French cuisine for a bit, you might want to try L’as Du Fallafel. We went there for a late-night snack and to see what the fuss is all about. Even though it’s not French cuisine, L’as Du Fallafel has become very popular in Paris. Its rave reviews were enough to raise our curiosity.
Its popular menu item is the Fallafel special which is vegetarian. Since Mr. C and I prefer ours with meat, we ordered the shawarma and the grilled chicken steak pita. They filled the pitas with meat, pickled red cabbage, hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, grilled aubergine, and sauce. We were surprised when they handed us our overloaded pitas. These were big, heavy, messy pitas!
There was no easy way in eating the pitas but we found it more enjoyable because of that. As we took our first bites, we immediately realized why L’as Du Fallafel is a hit. For a cheap price, the food has a generous serving. All of the stuffing were fresh, juicy and full of flavor.
Address: 32-34 Rue des Rosiers
Loup’s central location and nice atmosphere make it a great place for spending an afternoon, catching up with friends over drinks or people watching. We had crème brûlée, beer, and some cocktails.
Address: 44 Rue duLouvre
A vacation in Paris would not be complete without indulging myself with some French macarons. On our first day, we headed to Ladurée, a world-renowned patisserie famous for its macarons.
Stepping inside the store is overwhelming. Beautiful pastries and macarons that come in different colors and flavors are on display. After some deliberation, we ended up buying a box of 6 macarons – salted caramel, pistachio, rose, strawberry, coffee, and caramel chocolate.
The macarons were wonderful! They were delicate and exquisite. Each macaron cost €2.1 which is quite expensive for a small item but you could easily distinguish its high quality compared to average macarons sold on other stores. The shells were light, soft, and a little chewy. Oh, and all of the flavors we chose were delectable, not too sweet, and the flavors were distinct.
We ate some while waiting for the sunset and Eiffel Tower to light up. It was an awesome way to end our first day in Paris!
Address: 75 Av des Champs-Elysees
Let’s just say that “for the sake of comparison,” I also had to try the macarons of Pierre Hermé, the top competitor of Ladurée. We visited its boutique at 86 avenue des Champs-Elysées and we were blown away by its grand selection of stunning pastries and macarons. It was magical!
We also ordered one of their tempting pastries called Tarte Infiniment Vanille and some macarons for dine-in. The Tarte Infiniment Vanille was rich and decadent! As its name suggests, this tart is packed with vanilla-infused layers and the vanilla is not just the ordinary kind. It is a special mix of vanilla from different places like Mexico, Tahiti and Madagascar. The layers consist of a shortbread crust moistened with vanilla, a dense filling of vanilla-flavored white chocolate ganache, and a vanilla-flavored mascarpone cream.
The 3 other macarons we ordered were from their collaboration with L’Occitane. The macarons had a light, fragrant and clean taste. As unique and fun as they tasted, we still prefer their classic flavors.
We didn’t notice a big difference between the macarons of Ladurée and Pierre Hermé. In terms of flavor and consistency, both are exquisite.
Pierre Hermé macarons are more visually-pleasing and have more fillings and flavors.
Address: 86 avenue des Champs-Elysées
Return to Paris
Before leaving Paris, Mr. C and I agreed that we will return to this beautiful city, not just for its scenic views but also for the numerous pastries, dishes, and desserts that we would still have to try. We already have quite a list for our return! Among these are the escargot chocolat-pistache pastry from Du Pain et Des Idees, steak and fries from Le relais de l’Entrecote, and crêpe from Breizh Café.
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