As a foodie, visiting Paris was an absolute dream. The city is renowned for its culinary scene and I was excited to dive in and try as many different dishes as possible.
One of my first meals in Paris was at a traditional bistro called “Chez L’Ami Jean.” The bistro is located in the 7th arrondissement and serves classic French dishes. I started off with a traditional French onion soup which was rich and savory, with a perfect balance of sweetness from the caramelized onions.
For my main dish, I had “coq au vin,” a classic French dish of chicken cooked in red wine with bacon, mushrooms, and pearl onions. It was absolutely delicious, the flavors of the wine and bacon blended perfectly with the tender chicken. I also had a glass of red wine which paired perfectly with the dish.
Another culinary highlight was a visit to “L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon,” a Michelin-starred restaurant located in the 8th arrondissement. The restaurant is known for its contemporary French cuisine and offers a unique dining experience with an open kitchen and counter seating. I had a variety of dishes, each one more delicious than the last. Some of the standouts included a foie gras terrine, a dish of roasted John Dory with black truffle, and a dessert of chocolate fondant. The flavors of each dish were complex and unique, and it was an unforgettable dining experience.
I also visited a street food market called “Marché des Enfants Rouges,” where I tried a variety of street food from different vendors. I had a delicious falafel sandwich, a traditional French crepe with Nutella and banana, and a dish of escargots. The street food was delicious and a great way to try a variety of different foods at a relatively low cost.
Popular Parisian Dishes
There are literally too many amazing dishes I found in Paris to even talk about, but here’s a list of some of my absolute favs!
- “Steak Tartare” a traditional French dish of raw, ground beef or horse meat, typically served with a raw egg yolk and various seasonings
- “Ratatouille” a traditional vegetable stew made from eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, and tomatoes
- “Baguette” a long, thin loaf of French bread that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside
- “Croissant” a crescent-shaped pastry made from flaky layers of dough and butter
- “Crème Brûlée” a dessert of custard topped with a caramelized sugar crust
- “Macarons” a small round cookie made from ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites
- “Bouillabaisse” a traditional fish stew from the port city of Marseille, made with a variety of fish, shellfish, and vegetables
- “Quiche Lorraine” a savory custard pie filled with bacon, onions, and cheese.
- “Cassoulet” a hearty stew made with white beans, pork sausage, and duck confit.
- “Foie gras” a luxury food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened.
Overall, my foodie experience in Paris was absolutely amazing. The quality and variety of food was impressive. The city has a diverse culinary scene and offers something for everyone, from traditional bistro fare to contemporary French cuisine. The attention to detail and flavors in each dish were impeccable. I would highly recommend visiting Paris for any food lover, it’s truly a culinary paradise.