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Top 10 Foods to Bring Out the Parisian in You

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One of the best things to do while travelling to different countries is to try their cuisine to understand the culture and people more. And one of the best places to try everything from baguettes, crepe, macaroons, fine curd to world-renowned french cheese and french wine is the city of lights, Paris. With its long history of culinary art and world-renowned chefs from all over the world, including Michelin chefs, there are countless delicacies that can be found in Paris. The food in Paris is not only about sophisticated restaurants and bars but the soul of the Parisian food can also be found in a small bakery to most unusual bistros located in some tourist places. One of the reasons why French cuisine is known worldwide is because the chefs in France use only the freshest ingredients that are available to them and do not rely on preservatives and artificial ingredients in their kitchens. There is a food street for every kind of traveller in Paris. If you are planning a trip to the capital of gastronomy, here is a list of the top 10 food that you must include in your Paris holiday package that gives a perfect blend of Parisian colours, tastes, and flavours.

1. Baguette


Making bread is a serious business in Paris. The office of the Mayor organizes a competition for the best baguette every year, and once the results are announced, the people of Paris rush towards the winning bakery to taste the delicious baguettes. Also, the competition winner gets the honour to supply the baguettes to the President of France for the entire year. French Baguette has a story that reflects modern french history, all the way from the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution. There is nothing like breaking a bite of freshly baked baguette and eating it alongside delicious cheese. A french baguette is a traditional food in Paris that can make a perfect breakfast option and is a perfect combination with freshly grounded Italian coffee.

2. Escargots


Escargots (snails) are another famous dishes in Paris that you can give a try. Escargots are a fancy meal that human beings have been eating since prehistoric times. Escargots can be found in the most expensive restaurants and many simple restaurants or bistros in the streets of Paris. The escargots are cooked in a variety of styles. The most popular way to prepare escargots is by presenting them with their shells with a combination of garlic, butter, and fresh green herbs. Escargots are also rich in iron and magnesium.

3. Soupe à l’Oignon

Soupe a lOignon

Onion soup, locally known as Soupe à l’Oignon, is another popular and best food in Paris that is simple yet hearty and used to be served by eateries during the old french times. The Soupe à l’Oignon was invented by Loius XV some three hundred years ago, and the cuisine is still a perfect meal for the winter months to feel full and warm. The onion soup is made with basic ingredients like meat stock, onions, cheese, and a piece of bread on top. Soupe à l’Oignon is the most comforting food to try when in Paris and can be found in all good brasseries and small bistros located in the streets of Paris.

4. Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

Eating raw meat might not serve everyone’s pallet, but steak tartare is one of the most famous dishes of Paris. Steak Tartare is a beef tenderloin chopped in tiny pieces and seasoning on top with a choice of sauce to go along with the meal. Steak Tartare is a bistro classic that came a long way back in the 17th century when the Russian sailors brought the recipe to Europe. The Steak Tartare that can be found in all the restaurants in Paris came into existence by way of modern-day Mongolia. The plate of Steak Tartare comes with freshly chopped french beans and sauteed in the oyster sauce along with french fries.

5. Jambon Buerre

Jambon Buerre

Jambon-buerre is another signature street food in Paris that is actually a sandwich is made out of Parisian ham, butter, and french baguette accompanied by fresh green herbs. If you are in Paris and looking for the best comforting food in Paris, go for a Jambon-Buerre that will fulfil your appetite by spending just a few euros. You can buy a Jambon-Buerre from a corner Café and grab a bite of the french delicacy while exploring the city and its beautiful French colonial architecture.

6. French Cheese

French Cheese

The French cheese is known worldwide for its natural preparation and taste. Cheese in Paris is not just an accompaniment to the top of freshly baked thin-crust pizzas or bruschettas, but French cheese is eaten after the meal or before the meal in the Parisian style of eating. French cheese is a must-have in Paris and can be a great accompaniment to have it with cold nuts or bread or pair it with a pair of red and white wine. You can find cheese anywhere in Paris and can find it in a lot of different varieties. If you are in Paris and want to see how cheese is being made, visit a traditional fromagerie (cheese shop) which will be a feast to your eyes, and you can taste the cheese from the fromagerie as well.

7. Macarons


Who doesn’t love a burst of sugar in their mouth after a delicious meal? Paris is known worldwide for its colourful and delicious macarons. These macarons are very famous among tourists and are a perfect accompaniment to go with either tea or coffee. Macarons are originally from Italy and were brought by Queen Marie de Medicis from her homeland. The shells of the macarons are made out of almond flour and are filled with rich and luscious interiors of either pistachio, chocolate, or coconut. If you are in Paris and are a dessert lover, you should not miss tasting Macarons for sure.

8. Quiche


Quiche is a traditional French pie that you must definitely include in your Paris tour. Quiches are the most common lunch options in Paris and can be found in all types of French bakeries or bistros. If you have a savoury palette and want to try something apart from a croissant, baguette, or steak fries, then you should definitely give Quiche a try. Quiches come in a variety of flavours like tuna, bacon, salmon, or even vegetables, along with fresh seasoning on top. Have a bite of mouthwatering Quiche along with a sip of your favourite wine while in Paris.

9. Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin

The French love their wine, and if you want to experience some of the best quality fermented drinks around the world, then you should definitely visit Paris at least once a lifetime. The French people also love their braised chicken with wine, while sipping wine. Coq Au Vin is classic cuisine of Paris where the chicken is simmered with red wine and a dash of brandy along with bacon and freshly chopped mushrooms and spring onions to make a thick sauce. Coq Au Vin is the perfect food for you to try if you want to look at what Parisian food tastes like.

10. Crêpes


To end the list of the most famous foods in Paris, let us end it with a sweet note. Paris loves their sweet menu, and there are a lot of things to try if you have a sweet tooth, from macarons, eclairs, croissants to Crêpes. Crêpes are another famous food in Paris that is sure to take you on a sugary ride. It is a must-eat in Paris and is very easy to prepare as well. Have it as a breakfast along with your Italian coffee or simply as an afternoon snack. Crêpes comes with many filling that suits your taste, from Nutella to fruit jams to fresh cream. If you are in Paris, don’t miss out on tasting Crêpes while strolling around the streets of the beautiful city of lights, Paris.

The list does not just end here. These were some of the best ten food to try in Paris, but more delicacies in the city will make you keep coming back to Paris for more. If you are planning to book your itinerary to visit some of the best places to visit in Paris, do check out the aforementioned food that will make your trip more wholesome and memorable. Explore our range of Paris tour packages that you can customize according to your preferences to make the most of your vacation.

November 28, 2021


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