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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…