At least 7 foods to try in Paris, France
Paris boasts a multitude of Michelin-starred restaurants, offering a sublime, world-famous gastronomic experience. From Alain Ducasse's culinary creations to the innovative dishes at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower, these establishments showcase the pinnacle of French cuisine.
You don’t have to scramble to reserve tables at highly rated restaurants months in advance to enjoy the culinary delights of Paris, France. Here are at least seven foods you could try.
A buttery, flaky croissant will be delectable at any time of day. Whether enjoyed plain, filled with chocolate, or almond paste, these pastries are a breakfast staple in Paris. Pair it with a café au lait for the perfect start to your day.
2. Escargots, foie gras and frogs’ legs
For those seeking a more adventurous culinary experience, try escargot (snails) or foie gras (duck liver). Frog’s legs are known as cuisses de grenouille and certainly qualify as an edible endeavor for Western appetites. All these delicacies are often featured in traditional French cuisine and can be found in upscale restaurants throughout Paris.
Indulge your sweet tooth with the delicate and colorful macarons. These almond meringue cookies, filled with ganache or buttercream, come in a variety of flavors. Ladurée and Pierre Hermé are renowned patisseries where you can savor some of the finest macarons in the city.
Where won’t you find cheese in Paris, France? There are countless world-renowned delights native to the country that are, arguably, best enjoyed in the City of Lights.
OK... maybe the number of French cheeses isn’t countless, but it’s over a thousand. Here are just several options — take your pick:
- Camembert and Brie: Similar in form (hard outer rind and creamy interior), but distinct in taste.
- Roquefort: Considered among the best bleu cheeses in the world, pure Roquefort may be worth trying when you visit Paris.
- Reblochon and Comte: Both of these “mountain” cheeses are popular in France. They have distinct textures, but both boast nutty tastes if that happens to pique your nose’s interest.
Whether sweet or savory, crepes are a versatile treat that can be enjoyed at any time of day. Wander through the streets and find a creperie offering an array of fillings, from Nutella and strawberries to ham and cheese.
6. French onion soup and coq au vin
When it comes to hearty and flavorful dishes, French onion soup and coq au vin are classics not to be missed. Warm yourself with a bowl of rich onion soup topped with melted cheese or savor the slow-cooked goodness of coq au vin, a dish of chicken braised in red wine.
7. Freshly-baked bread
A baguette is not just bread in Paris; it's a cultural icon. Grab a fresh baguette from a local boulangerie and pair it with an assortment of French cheeses. The combination of crusty bread and creamy cheese is a simple yet exquisite pleasure.