Thank you to Marcello and Eating Europe for hosting me. As always, all opinions and recommendations are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.Visiting Paris creates all kinds of emotions such as excitement overseeing famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, right? Recently on my second visit to Paris, I felt that same excitement. However, I also was very excited about the food in Paris and eating all the things! Here is my foodie’s guide to Paris with something for everyone!
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Foodie’s Guide to Paris
If you love the Saint Germain neighborhood in Paris (um who doesn’t??) and you love great food, then you will love Marcello. With a beautiful outdoor courtyard creating a charming ambiance and all the delicious Italian food, there is everything to love and you can’t go wrong!
We went with two recommended drinks – a prosecco and the “Swimming Pool”. I loved the name of this beautiful aqua cocktail and it tasted like the tropical paradise it resembles!
For appetizers, we went with the Seabass Tartare because it had me at mango, mint and balsamic. The flavor combination was perfect! We also tried the Little Italy which had Italian Parma ham, mozzarella cheese balls, and basil. Although they were totally on two different ends of the spectrum, these appetizers paired really well together!
There were many inviting choices for entrees, but I went with the Bianca consisting of tortellini in a white truffle sauce with lemon and chives. Simple, classic, and fabulous.
My friend went with the Evergreen. Yet another cool name from very clever creators. The Evergreen is a tagliolini with “ultra-green” pesto, pine nuts and burrata. If you are a pesto fan, this is the dish for you!
Dessert elevated the entire meal to a different level. A. Different. Level. What was already a top-notch meal just found a way to top itself!
If you thought the Swimming Pool and the Evergreen were creative, then how about Iced Nougat to wrap up your meal? Yes, frozen nougat with a touch of honey and lavender garnished with strawberries and basil. It was unique and quite frankly, flipping amazing!!
Amanda had the Brioche French Toast and she said it was also extremely delicious!
TIP: This restaurant isn’t just open for dinner, but they have an amazing brunch as well and they are open all day! If there is a unique combo of interesting flavors on the menu, try it because I guarantee it will exceed your expectations!
Marcello is located at 8 Rue Mabillon, 75006 Paris, France
A great place for breakfast, brunch or lunch is Coquelicot. Located in Montmartre, it’s a cute cafe with the epitome of a chic Parisian atmosphere. It, too, has a pretty large menu with lots of choices.
I was curious what “coquelicot” meant. Interestingly enough, it is a shade of red that was originally used as the French term for the wild corn poppy. And, now we all know why there is a poppy on their menu!
TIP: I recommend what I had, the croque monsieur-a French favorite!
Coquelicot is located at 24 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France
I’m a huge sushi fan and I love trying it in every new destination I visit. I like to see the different varieties offered. I found Fujiyama, a fantastic sushi place only 1.5 blocks from my hotel, and gave it a try. Their salmon was so fresh and yummy! If you love sushi like I do, Fujiyama is your place!
Fujiyama is located at 57 Boulevard Gouvion-Saint-Cyr, 75000 Paris, France
4. Market Fresh Food for Picnicking
I realize I’m being a little vague with this one, but I promise there isn’t anything vague about the amazing experience I’m recommending. Stop at one of a million little neighborhood markets to grab items for a picnic at the park with the Eiffel Tower!
If you want to really do it right, you need to make a few stops. Duck into a market with fresh produce and grab a few different types of summer fruits and veggies. Also, even if it means having to go to a different market (like we did), grab some buffalo mozzarella cheese in water along with serrano ham or prosciutto. Your last stop should be a patisserie for croissants and your favorite French pastry for dessert!
Our personal menu included serrano ham and prosciutto that we wrapped around balls of buffalo mozzarella cheese (in water) accompanied by grape tomatoes, fresh cherries, green grapes, freshly-baked croissants, and macarons for dessert!
Take your goodies and head to the Parc du Champs de Mars to claim your spot on the grassy lawn with the Eiffel Tower standing before you. It was a surreal experience watching the sunset behind the famous Paris landmark while I was sitting on the ground eating yummy French treats!
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While you’re walking along the famous Champs Elysées, stop in Ladurée for macarons. There are other locations, but this one is THE one because well, I mean it’s on the Champs Elysées! They have many flavors and you can buy them individually or in sets (anywhere from 6 to 55). Depending on the number in your set, you can even pick your own cute gift box!
I tried flavors like chocolate, orange blossom, salted caramel, strawberry candy, rose, and pistachio. Although it was hard to pick a favorite, I think I would have to go with strawberry candy, orange blossom, or salted caramel!
Ladurée has many locations throughout Paris but this one is located at 75 Avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris, France
6. La Buvette du Dauphin
Another unconventional recommendation is eating at the Palace of Versailles. You will likely spend a few hours there and will need to grab a bite. Good news, you have options! While I was out in the gardens, I stumbled upon La Buvette du Dauphin. It was the perfect break during my exploration of the gardens and came at the right time because I was hungry!
The hot dog caught my eye and I decided I needed to see what a hot dog in France was like. It should have been no surprise that it was in French bread! They have many other options though including pizza, sandwiches, chips, French fries, ice cream, and many more!
TIP: There are nice, clean restrooms right across from the cafe that are free to use.
La Buvette du Dauphin is located in the Gardens of the Palace of Versailles at 78000 Versailles, France
Looking for a fun afternoon treat? Stop in at one of the many Amorino locations and get your own custom-made flower gelato cone!
Choose your flavors of gelato and they handcraft the petals of your flower one smooth, creamy flavor at a time!
TIP: You can choose as many flavors as you want as well as the macaron that goes on top! Also, if you are craving this flower treat and can’t make it to Paris, there are locations around the US too!
Amorino has many locations around Paris.
8. Cafe Le Bosquet
On recommendation from my friend Amanda, I decided to try out the ravioli at Cafe Le Bosquet. She said their ravioli was amazing and I had to try it, so I did! Amazing was an understatement. The Ravioles du Royannais was stuffed with cheese and herbs and was baked to absolute perfection. It was also just the right size and I finished every, single bite!
TIP: Sit out on the terrace if the weather is nice and enjoy dining outdoors in Paris!
Cafe Le Bosquet is located at 46 Avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris, France
Patisseries are everywhere in Paris, you can’t go more than a block without running into one. However, Berko sets itself apart from most. We stopped in for the Banana Caramel Cheesecake which might be the best cheesecake ever, but we also found these mini cupcakes.
Since neither of us can resist cupcakes, we picked out two unusual flavors to try. The pink one was a rose cupcake and the purple was blueberry, both with cream cheese icing. I’m not a big blueberry fan, but the rose was really interesting and yummy!
TIP: Get the mini cupcakes to eat now and get the cheesecake to go for later. Drag out that goodness as long as possible!
Berko is located at 23 Rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris, France
10. Eating Europe French Food Tour
Who doesn’t dream of food in Paris? I love to go on food tours when I travel because there’s no better way to explore a city than through its food. This kind of tour in Paris is a must and I went on the perfect one with Eating Europe that gave me a local experience with a balanced mix of classics and wonderful surprises. Check out my French food tour complete with everything I ate and a list of all the restaurants!
BONUS: Slushies in Paris
If you’re in Paris in the summertime, treat yourself to a slushie! I got 2 or 3 of these while I was there and not only did they cool me off in the hot July heat, but the flavors were so good!
For the first one, we did a rainbow mix of flavors (tropical, strawberry, mango apricot, lemon and green apple) and that was fun! This is a great way to test out which flavor you like best before investing in a cup full!
My favorite by far was the tropical (blue) and so while I was waiting for my cruise on the Seine, I got a full tropical slushie. After entering the Eiffel Tower (but before we actually went up), I got a strawberry one. They are very thirst-quenching on such a hot day in Paris!
Location: All over Paris mostly in touristy type places such as the Eiffel Tower, the carousel at the Seine River and various cafes around the city.
Hopefully, you find something on this list that looks dazzling because this foodie’s guide to Paris includes options for classic French treats, market-fresh foods great for picnics, Italian outdoor dining, and even street treats!
Have you been to Paris? If so, what’s your favorite thing to eat here? Do you have anything to add to my list? If you haven’t been, which food on this list would you make a beeline for?
‘Til next time…
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Dylan Rental says
Interesting blog! Thank you for this small food guide. Soon I will be in Paris and I think to visit a few of these places
Hi Dylan, hope you enjoy your trip to Paris and hopefully you get to check out some of these. Thanks for reading! 🙂
I know where you’d find me: Coquelicot. I love the Montmarte area and am a sucker for Croque Madame — especially in a cute little Parisian cafe. And then you’d probably find me at a gelato stand. French food… I’m drooling.
Hi Juliann-I know, right? French food is just awesome! I love gelato too!! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Jenn and Ed Coleman says
I am intrigued by the idea of picnicking at the Eiffel Tower. That sounds in Seine. Bad puns aside, I am in love with the Banana Caramel Cheesecake. That would be my idea of heaven. I would have to get two for later.
Hi Jenn and Ed-haha! Picnicking with the Eiffel Tower was definitely on the cooler side of things! The banana caramel cheesecake was absolutely heaven. Two for later sounds like a great idea! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Honestly I feel like the photos in this post are more reminiscent of the Caribbean than Paris. SO colorful – I mean, those cocktails! It really shows you how much there is to eat and explore in Paris!
Hi Sarah, that’s so funny that you say that because when I was writing the post I kept thinking “this looks WAY more tropical”! LOL! And you’re right, there is SO much to eat and explore in Paris. Thanks for reading! 🙂
MMMMMM, I think I would go for Swimming Pool and then the Evergreen pasta. The Swimming Pool just looks cool, and that is 1/2 the reason I buy certain drinks anyway. The Evergreen pasta, well I”m obsessed with Pesto — and then would likely go for the cute little cupcakes as well 😉
Hi Janiel-I will sometimes choose between cocktails based on how they look too! You can’t go wrong with ANYTHING at Marcello. So good! The cupcakes were cute and yummy! Thanks for reading! 🙂
OMG so many cute drinks and desserts! There are slushies in Paris?! I didn’t know that. I love the flower gelato from Amorino!! We missed Laduree and tried Pierre Herme instead. We are definitely going back to Paris again so I will need to give it a try next time 🙂
Hi Cat-Yes, there are slushies and they are SO good and refreshing when it’s so hot! The gelato flower cones from Amorino were precious! Definitely try these when you go back. Thanks for reading! 🙂
Kimberly Erin Davies says
Why I chose to read this over lunch hour I do not know…I am so hungry! That evergreen pasta looks just delicious, could Paris be any better. They also have the most aesthetically pleasing dishes. Paris is just a good idea
Hi Kimberly, yes you’re right. Paris does have very aesthetically pleasing dishes and they are yummy too! Thanks for reading! 🙂
We are *finally* going to Paris for the first time in summer 2019, and I couldn’t be more excited to try out the places on your list! Marcello looks delicious — I’m into that Aqua cocktail, haha. We have Laduree in New York City, but I’d love to try the original in Paris. Love that shot you took with the macarons and the Eiffel Tower — so perfect! Thanks for the heads up about the Eating Europe French Food Tour. That’s definitely going on our list!
Hi Julianne-Yay! You will LOVE Paris! It was my second time, but the first was a quick weekend layover when the weather was terrible and we were rushing everywhere. So it was like my first time exploring! Marcello is amazing and so is the Eating Europe food tour. It truly had a great mix of classics and off the beaten trail types of food! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Well, you certainly had some very diverse foods, most of which look delicious but I probably wouldn’t try. Not that they don’t look great, but when we go to Paris we try to get some of the more traditional dishes that my (French) husband misses more like the things a grandmother would make. We will be near Montmartre in October so I will definitely check out Cloquicot because good croque monsieurs are getting harder and harder to find!
Hi Andi-totally understand! I like a good mix. I love the classics (croque monsieurs) and the oddballs and fun treats! But if I was French trying to get foods I don’t get anymore, then I would totally go that route too! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Oh my! Everything looks absolutely delicious. I have never been to Paris, but I know I would gain 5 lbs if I went. The meals, the bakeries, etc. All of it just looks exquisite. That Evergreen meal sounded so interesting and the desserts all look like something I would absolutely enjoy.
Hi Candy-Girl, you and your sis have to get to Paris! You would love it, food, fashion, sites and all! Marcello where had all the yummy desserts and the Evergreen is an amazing place to eat! Thanks for reading! 🙂
The macarons from Laduree are simply the best! I love their pistachio one!
The Eating Europe food tour sounds really interesting, I always love food tours since you can taste a wide range of flavours!
Hi Melanie-That’s exactly why I like food tours. You can taste so many different things and if it’s at the beginning of your trip then you know where all you want to go back to! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Oh my gosh! Its been several years since we’ve visited Paris and we definitely had our favourite places to eat but all of your recommendations look and sound fantastic! I can’t wait to return to try a few!
Hi Joanne-they were definitely all fantastic! Thanks for reading! 🙂
I was a student in Paris in the 80’s — and picnicking in parks all over the city was a regular event — from the Tour Eiffel, to the Tuileries, to Fountainbleau. We went with baguettes, brie, fruit, and of course — some wine. Your food photographs are bright and fun — particularly liked the stack of macarons with the Eiffel Tower. And the Amorina gelato with macarons on top — absolutely marvelous idea.
Hi Ann-Thank you so much! I do love food photography (and eating it). I’m jealous you got to study in Paris and eat all the yummy food and see the gorgeous sites day after day! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Ashley Hubbard says
Wait, are slushies a thing in Paris? These ones are so pretty – I’d definitely be having a few especially during the summer to cool off. I love the idea of taking a picnic to the Eiffel Tower too – such a great way to experience the famous landmark.
Hi Ashley-I’m not sure if slushies are actually a thing in Paris or not, but I know they can be found all over the place and they’re so good! Picnicking at the Eiffel Tower was really cool! Thanks for reading! 🙂
I think this is the best list of places to have food in Paris. I love food, so this post made me think of visiting Paris again. Very informative post and thanks for sharing.
Hi Jithin-Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading! 🙂
Carol Colborn says
Can’t wait to taste all of these. We will be in Paris for a week this October! Thanks for the tips/
Hi Carol-You are going to have the best time!! Can’t wait to hear about your trip. Thanks for reading! 🙂
Omg Heather, this is heaven! I want to go to Paris just for the food haha! I can imagine myself sitting under the Eiffel tower nomming on crossants and macaroons. You have a great imx here, not just french cuisine, but a bit of something for every taste. Well photographed too, as always!
Hi Kreete-Thanks so much girlie! It isn’t your typical, all touristy French places for sure…I did want to include a mix and show you can be laid back and just enjoy the atmosphere! Thank you for your sweet comments and for reading! 🙂
Ok so now I need to go back to Paris because these all look incredible, especially the Amorino flower cones!
Hi Leah-Those flower cones at Amorino were so cool to watch them make and then even better to eat! They have them all over the world though if you can’t make it to Paris. Thanks for reading! 🙂
Michael Hodgson says
I REALLY have to learn not to read your posts between meals because the first thing I want to do when done reading is eat. 😉 Next time we are in Paris, we will have to try Cafe Le Bosquet. That cheese dish looks divine.
Hi Michael-Haha! Seriously, right? Imagine writing them and editing the photos. Dang it, I want to eat all the live long day! LOL! Definitely try Le Bosquet. It is phenomenal! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Melody Pittman says
Such a tasty read! I loved every bit of this post. The Bianca sauce is something I’m unfamiliar with but would love! The croque monsieur would be my top pick, too. I order those anywhere I have the chance. Also, the swimming pool drink looked fantastic! 😉
Hi Melody-They were all fabulous I assure you! Best way for me to describe the Bianca sauce was an alfredo with hints of mushroom. Not sure if that makes sense, but if you like that type of thing, it was fantastic!! And croque monsieurs are just no-brainers in Paris! The Swimming Pool was definitely something to dive into! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Astrid Vinje says
We’re headed to Paris next year, so I’ll have to make note of these places to eat. That seabass tartare looks divine, but I think my daughter would enjoy the sushi at Fujiyama instead. She has expensive tastes! Of course you can’t go to Paris without trying the macarons. Thanks for all these suggestions!
Hi Astrid-I’m just really impressed that your daughter eats sushi! Wow! I mean when I was younger, I didn’t want to have anything to do with much outside American junk food let alone sushi. Now, my favorite food is sushi! I try to eat it everywhere I go, and I have a dream of eating it in Japan! And yes, macarons are musts in Paris. Thanks for reading! 🙂
APRIL KEY RODE says
OMG! Thanks for sharing my daughter would really thank you for this! Hahaha, the pictures are so enticing and making us wanna go there right now! I love the lists and very informative and helpful!
Hi April-So glad you both like it! Hope you get to go soon and thanks for reading! 🙂