Paris, mon amour. It’s been a while that I last visited the city of love…love of food that is. Having been to Paris a few times before I didn’t come for any sightseeing this time. I came for the food, sunshine and a few days of relaxation with my boyfriend. As with every big city, the culinary scene is constantly changing and with the health trends finally reaching Europe, I knew I would have a delicious time. With some research and the help of my amazing Instagram community I had bookmarked a few places that I wanted to visit and made a food itinerary for each of our three days. The result? A quick food guide to Paris.
Naturally, I wanted to eat the very best of Paris, a mixture of healthy and vegan as well as buttery and traditional. What I found was new and trendy places as well as more established ones that have been there for years. You certainly won’t find any tourist traps in here, neither bland and boring restaurants that serve average food to average tourists. This is a guide for the foodie who values a fresh acai bowl as much as a crispy croissant. During my travels to Paris I had amazing food and average meals but in this quick food guide to Paris I only share my favorite spots. Bon Appetit.
A quick food guide to Paris
Where to eat breakfast
134 r.d.t. Boulangerie
On the hunt for the best croissant in Paris, I stumbled over this authentic and very French bakery in the neighborhood of Marais. It was my first morning in Paris and I was longing for a perfect and very French croissant. The bakery 134 r.d.t. is small with a beautiful storefront and sells all the good things for a breakfast to go. At 1.35 EUR the croissants were not only decently priced but also a true French breakfast dream come true. Take a coffee with you and head to the nearby Square du Temple (5 min walk) for a breakfast picnic in the park.
134 rue de Turenne, Marais, 75003 Paris, France
Wild & The Moon
Many of my followers on Instagram recommended Wild & The Moon, a vegan eatery that serves local, season and ethnically sourced food and drinks to a health-conscoius crowd. I was surprised not to find more places like this one in Paris – urban, trendy, raw vegan with a wide variety of slow foods. So, this is probably the best vegan eatery you find in Paris – food- & vibe-wise. First it took me forever to decide because I wanted to order the whole menu and then I tried to eat very slowly so that I would enjoy every bite of my acai bowl and my Almond Latte.
55 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
If you want to have breakfast where personalities like Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel dined regularly, I recommend Angelina. It is probably Paris’ most famous tea house located at the Tuileries and well known for its thick hot chocolate and delicious pastries. Don’t think that Angelina is yet another Paris tourist trap but this beautifully-decorated French tearoom is not only popular among tourists but also locals alike. Come early in the morning, Angelina opens its doors at 7.30, and enjoy a Angelina breakfast with a choice of pastries, coffee, baguette, jam, eggs and fruit salad. Sit with local business men and women as well as newspaper reading gentlemen and start your morning in relaxing (though somewhat sophisticated) way. The quality of food justifies the slightly pricy menu but the atmosphere and service is simply wonderful.
226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Where to have Lunch/Dinner
Hank Vegan Burger
It doesn’t happen often that at 34°C/93°F I crave burger for lunch. But if I do I appreciate a good vegan burger (there are many bad ones out there) like the one of Hank Vegan Burger. It’s small eatery serving up…. well…burgers, (burgers and only burgers), three choices of sides, same number of desserts and drinks. I went with my meat-eating, beef burger loving boyfriend and after the first bite he nod his approval. A little hole in the wall, so not for the ones admiring lots of space but that only adds to the cozy setting because burger and fries are the ultimate comfort foods.
55 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris, France
One Cafe that I heard a lot about before I went to Paris was the Breizh Café. A Crêperie that is located in the heart of Paris and worth the wait if you come during peak hours. We went for an early dinner at 6 p.m., the perfect time to get there before the 7 p.m. crowds start rolling in and occupying every little table. As crêpes and galettes (not the cake put the buckwheat pancake) are one of my favorite French foods (I always think of it as a French pizza, very delicate and chic) my expectations were high. The crisp outside, the fresh ingredients, the authentic waiter and the perfectly baked egg made this one delicious galette. The good thing about eating at a Crêperie is that dessert is almost always guaranteed because I would want to miss a crepe with lemon juice and honey (they don’t use white crystal sugar like most places do – a real plus if you ask me).
109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris
A Paris visit wouldn’t feel complete without dining at a Brasserie. We found Camille by luck, on an evening when we were hungry and didn’t feel like doing lots of research. We knew we wanted to eat French food because this is always a safe option, at least far away from tourist hotspots. The vegetarian option were limited and the vegan ones non-exciting but I eat fish and the occasional beef when I’m abroad. And Camille looked like to it was worth the try. We got the last table outside and soaked in the evening atmosphere in one of Paris’ many picturesque streets.
24 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France
Where to eat French pastries and drink good coffee
L’Éclair de Génie
If we share the same éclair experience you had it a few times abroad but never liked it. You had tried it from a friend who ordered it for dessert at a restaurant. The taste was always rather dry, sticky and except for much air inside and a sweet frosting outside it wasn’t anything special. Sounds about right? Well, let me tell you, éclairs in Paris are a different word. And éclairs from L’Éclair de Génie are close to an outer world experience. The flavour is intense and tasteful, the pastry ist moist and fresh and the frosting (though its not officially a frosting but much much better) is the cherry on the cake. Counting calories is not a good idea because you want to have at least two…. or three like me.
Various locations all over Paris
A quick food guide to Paris wouldn’t be complete without a coffee shop recommendation. Just a stone-throw away from our Airbnb apartment, we only found Café Loustic on our last day. From the outside it seems like any other urban coffee shop, small and sometimes crowded. Regulars and new visitors fill the tables along one wall and opposite a super friendly international staff makes and serves coffee and small bites. And here comes the reason why this is not any other coffee shop – because of the COFFEE. We ordered a cold brew for two and got a perfectly smooth, aromatic iced coffee served from a Chemex that tasted like nothing I had ever tried before…and I did have many coffees in my life. So if you are in the neighbourhood stop by Café Loustic for an Café glacé.
40 Rue Chapon, 75003 Paris, France