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Paris is one of those places where you can find endless possibilities in food, sweets, and dishes. Now, which ones should you try? Which are French and a must? This ultimate Paris food guide is here to help you find the best foods you HAVE TO get when visiting Paris.
I was a little overwhelmed when I first visited a patisserie (Like a bakery but full with sweets and little artworks of cakes, snacks, and more!). I knew a few things I should try, but I still felt like I didn’t go with enough knowledge!
Sure, trying out what looks good is amazing. But, it can be a little expensive if you end up not liking the flavor (because you didn’t know) or leaving Paris without having tried the must-eat foods.
But that won’t be the case for you since this guide is going to help you avoid confusion on site. Woohoo!
Let’s get into it!
If you don’t try anything else but Macarons, I will still be happy for you. Because that’s the Number 1 Must Eat in Paris.
Macarons are homemade and a little expensive for those not used to spend much money on patisseries. But damn it’s worth it!
My favorite flavors are probably chocolate, raspberry and vanilla. But even the flavors I usually don’t like taste delicious in Macarons.
So just get a box with mixed flavors and try yourself through!
Just keep in mind they are pretty sweet. I can’t eat more than 2 at a time. But sooo yummy.
Éclairs are pastries filled with a flavored cream, topped with chocolate.
And omg. They are heaven.
Don’t stress if you don’t make it to eat one in Paris. You can find them in many patisseries in other European countries too. But the true French Éclair tastes the best when eaten at its country of origin.
A baguette is a long thin white bread, French. I’m sure you can try get it in the US too, but it IS NOT the same. I’ve tried it all.
You can get baguettes in every. single. bakery. in. Paris. (If not all France and all Westeurope. Haha.)
When I visited the US, I realized they don’t have any chocolate rolls or croissants!
In Europe, that is super common and super delicious!
Like the name says, it’s a chocolate filled croissant, also available as a roll with chocolate chips. And the chocolate is magnificent!
Of course, there is the classic croissant I couldn’t just not mention!
You should definitely enjoy a whole breakfast in Paris and try a real French croissant. They’re amazing. Not kidding.
Sure, french fries are now all over the world. But who doesn’t wanna have French Fries in France? I do!! You can get them with a meal in restaurants or just as a snack on the street. So good.
We all had hot chocolate before. But real, homemade hot chocolate is hard to find in the US I think. At least from my experience.
You HAVE TO try one in France!! (Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, etc would do the same job. But hey this guide is about Paris! So get it in Paris!)
I know, we all usually travel in summer. But how about a cold version of it? Yum.
Guys. I am addicted. Seriously. I had at least one crêpe a day when in Paris.
But it’s so hard to resist when they are Crêperies like everywhere.
To those who don’t know them yet: It\s like a big thin pancake. You can fill it with sweets like chocolate cream, sugar, strawberries, banana, and so on, or you can even get it savory and have ham and cheese in it!
I love them either way. You HAVE TO try them.
Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame
A classic in France is the Croque Monsieur, a fried or baked ham and cheese sandwich, or alternatively the Croque Madame, which tops the ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg.
Both are available in many boulangeries (bakeries) in France, usually eaten as a snack.
Yep, you heard right, snails are a delicacy in France. Consisting of cooked edible land snails, they are eaten with butter and garlic.
They certainly smell good.
Would you try? Let me know in the comments!
Originating from Eastern France, its origin is mixed with Southwestern Germany, but I’m sure you will find it in Paris too.
I would describe it as a very thin pizza, topped with sour cream instead of tomato sauce, bits of bacon or ham, onions, and cheese. It’s really good!
Who doesn’t know the movie to this. Because this is exactly the dish for it!
Consisting of tomatoes and a lot of peppers, its a veggie and fresh dish you have to try when visiting Paris.
Finishing this guide, I definitely wanted the last two on the list to be sweet. The way its written sounds so French already. And its literally soo delicious.
It consists of a vanilla custard cream topped with caramelized sugar. You usually order it as dessert after dinner.
Last but not least, my favorite dessert at all times: The chocolate Soufflé.
They are known and offered worldwide, but who doesn’t want the REAL thing? I do!
Isn’t this literally heaven? I want one. RIGHT NOW!
If you’re a hopeless foodie, you might wanna consider taking a real food tour in Paris!
I hope this Paris food guide showed you some of the things you must try when visiting Paris.
Let me know your favorite!
Check out my post about the Top 10 Photo Spots in Paris to be ready for that too!
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