Enjoy this guest post about the Paris food scene
French cuisine is among the most famous in the world, with internationally renowned chefs and Michelin starred restaurants attracting those with the more sophisticated palates. Well known too for its patisseries and markets, you will be in very good company as you stroll around the city, exploring its myriad of culinary delights.
It is always nice, however, to come off the beaten track once in a while and discover a hidden gem tucked away down a side street, a wonderful find at the end of an alley, or a secret place that only a select few are party to. Some of the best little finds in the French capital are listed here:
This traditional, old-school Parisian market is everything you could ask for. Filled with wonderful scents and colorful characters, it will transport you into the heart of romantic Paris. Amble along the cobbled streets, where you will find the real-life Parisian residents buying fresh ingredients from local farmers and chefs shopping for the best produce to serve in their restaurants. Not one for the hoi polloi, this is the place to visit if you want to see Paris life at its most raw. If you’re already doubting you’re ability to control your spends at one of these markets, fear not. Before you book you should compare flight fares online and find special offers this summer
This beautiful brasserie is almost a hundred years old, serving traditional French food exactly as it is meant to be eaten. Big on quantity and big on quality. Delicious pates, hunks of bread and, of course, the infamous dish of snails. Give your tastebuds a treat, stop ordering the safe option and take a trip to where the locals love to go.
20 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004
Metro: Hotel de Ville
Cheese, marvelous cheese fromage from France is wonderful, from a proper fromagerie it is sensational. Forget the pre-packed processed stuff you get from the supermarket and dabble in some proper smelly French delights (you'll get the aroma as soon as you walk in!).
97 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004
Metro: St. Paul
La Cagnotte de Belleville
This rather scruffy bar is where you will find all walks of Parisian life. From workmen on a lunch break to busy mothers with pushchairs grabbing a coffee, dreamy musicians and alternative artists whiling away the hours until evening. As dark descends, the music gets louder, the crowd gets more hip and the air is filled with noise, chatter and life at its most lovable.
13 Rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 75020
You haven't been shopping unless you have been to a patisserie and this is the simply the best in town. Packed with delicacies of all colors, shapes and sizes, it really is temptation in a shop, with delicious, subtle scents greeting you as you approach. Distinctive white awnings make it hard to miss and you will see the wonderful window displays of produce simply daring you to come in and indulge.
76 rue de Seine, 75006
Eating and drinking are huge parts of French life, with Parisians making every effort to use fresh ingredients and they offer high-quality goods in their shops. Opt for the smaller, more traditional places to get a real feel for Parisian life, strolling down the side streets to uncover some little hidden treasures. If you thinking taking a trip to France make sure you get the cheapest tickets for you flight by comparing tickets from different airlines like at http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/Paris/.
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.