La French kitchen and its delicacies are known all over the world. However, we are led to think that eat in Paris it just means enjoying refined dishes cooked by great chefs in luxurious restaurants. Mistaken! As well as being enchanting, the French capital is an excellent place to indulge in gluttony within everyone's reach.
Could you list the best ones? No problem, we will introduce you to us the 10 specialties to taste absolutely in the Ville Lumière.
- Croque-Monsieur and Madame
- Chocolate bread
- Soupe gratinée à l'oignon
- Parisian quiche (and not only)
- Parisian chocolate
- Where to eat in Paris: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
- User questions and comments
1 - Baguette
Absolutely unmissable, a real must! Forget about those previously eaten in Italy or elsewhere: the real French baguette is something superfine. It is not just bread, it is an institution!
Its delicious crust and soft interior will blow your mind, especially when fresh from the oven. It doesn't matter if it's stuffed or not, it's simply a masterpiece! Remember, the real one is made with only 4 ingredients: water, flour, yeast (beer or sourdough) and salt.
- Recommended to: lunch, dinner, as a snack ... whenever you want!
- How much: € 1,00 approximately
2 - Croque-Monsieur and Madame
You will find it in cafés and bars with ease. Don't be fooled by its simple stuffed sandwich look though because it's a real blast of goodness. It is not known why it is called "bite sir", but it consists of a grilled toast with ham and cheese (generally emmental or gruyère). Its more elaborate version also includes béchamel. There is also a "feminine" variant, the Croque-Madame, with the addition of a fried egg on top.
- Recommended to: lunch or as a substantial snack
- How much: € 4,50 approximately
3 - Croissant
Think of France and, after the word baguette, you immediately think of croissants. A sweet delight of leavened puff pastry and butter, lots of butter. A joy for the palate that you cannot fail to taste and then buy even several times a day.
The croissant (literally "growing") is so called because of its crescent shape. According to various popular and erroneous stories, this typical French dessert would have this shape thanks to a baker who while working at night heard the noise of the Turks who were digging an underground tunnel. As a reward for saving the city, he received the exclusive right to produce crescent-shaped pastry to commemorate the event.
- Recommended to: breakfast with a cup of coffee, as per tradition, or as a snack.
- How much: About € 3,00 for a croissant + coffee
4 - Pain au chocolat
It will literally drive you crazy and you will want to eat it again and again! This exquisite delight, absolutely wonderful fresh out of the oven, is a kind of buttery square croissant rolled on one or more chocolate bars. Don't you already have your mouth watering at the very thought?
- Recommended to: breakfast or for tasty snacks
- How much: About € 3,50 a pain au chocolat + coffee
5 - Paris-Brest
Another sweet and wonderful creation of the French pastry consisting of a dough of choux pastry (the one used to make cupcakes) filled with butter cream and decorated with almond flakes. This cake was created by a pastry chef from Maisons-Laffitte, Louis Durand, in 1891 to commemorate the Paris-Brest-Paris cycling race. Its circular shape represents a wheel. It became popular with racing cyclists because of its considerable energy supply and its goodness. It later spread to pastry shops throughout France.
- Recommended to: dinner as a dessert or for a substantial snack
- How much: Around € 4,50 for a single portion paris-brest, around € 25,00 for 4 people
6 - Macarons
Macarons are like cherries: one leads to another! And then they are so cute with their endless ones pastel shades and it's practically impossible to resist the temptation to eat "only one more" ... I am pastries formed by two small domes with a delicious crunchy crust and filled with exquisite cream. There are many colors matched to taste.
- Recommended to: dinner as a small dessert or for a sophisticated snack
- How much: About € 1,50 each
7 - Soupe gratinée à l'oignon
It is not an ordinary onion soup, but much more. It really is a delicious traditional French dish, a must try in his Parisian version au gratin. Do not be fooled by the word soupe because it is not a trivial soup, but a substantial dish of peasant origin so tasty that it is present in practically all high-class restaurants and prepared by great chefs. The ancient tradition wanted it to be eaten in the bistros near the Halles (the general markets), at dawn after a night of partying. Even today, some of these places, open all night, serve this delicious soup.
- Recommended to: dinner
- How much: € 10,00 approximately
8 - Crêpes
A symbol of French cuisine, impossible not to love. You can find them both in sweet and savory versions and they are absolutely delicious. Perhaps not everyone knows that the name derives from the ancient Latin "crispus", meaning "rolled up" precisely because the pasta, once stuffed, must be artfully rolled up on itself. In France it is definitely a traditional dish that tourists and Parisians love to eat in specific restaurants: the crêperies. It is possible, however, to enjoy them also thanks to street kiosks present in every corner of the city. Exist many varieties of crêpes, but undoubtedly the most famous is the Crêpe Suzette (filled with orange sauce and inflamed with Grand Marnier liqueur).
- Recommended to: breakfast or snack
- How much: € 3,50 / 6,00 approximately depending on the filling
9 - Parisian quiche (and not only)
there many variations of quiche, including the famous Quiche Lorraine. There Parisian version includes, in addition to the pastry crust wrapper, a stuffed with bechamel, smoked ham and gruyère. In any case, in addition to the "capital" version, entertain your palate tasting all the possible variations: You will not regret it!
- Advised: as a starter
- How much: About € 2,50 per slice, about € 1,50 for a single-portion cake
10 - Parisian chocolate
Don't be surprised to find chocolate among these 10 musts because in Paris this "banal delight" is something else entirely. Mâitre chocolatiers create true works of art which are also masterpieces of goodness. Passion is not enough: it also takes dedication, preparation and talent. And in Paris you will find a lot of them in this area.
- Advised: as a delicious treat
- How much: from € 4,50 upwards per piece
Where to eat in Paris: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
Paris is one of the capitals of world gastronomy: you will find here the best of French cuisine but also international culinary proposals.
A French meal is essentially composed of 3 courses: appetizers and / or first courses (hors-d'oeuvres or entrées), second courses or main course (plats) and desserts.
You will have two ways to order: à la carte, or take advantage of the advantageous formulas, complete menus that allow you to take 2 or 3 courses together at a set price.
There is an infinite number of restaurants in Paris, but the most typical places to try French cuisine are the Bistrot and brasserie.
Here are the best places to eat in Paris.
1 - The Tour d'Argent
- Description: very elegant restaurant with a beautiful view of Notre Dame. The oldest restaurant in the city with a cellar that has over 400.000 bottles. Ideal for a romantic dinner
- specialty: rare duck
- Average price: from € 190,00 per person
- Address: Get Directions - Website
2 - Brasserie Lipp
- Description: typical restaurant whose strengths are meat dishes and desserts
- specialty: canard and entrecote
- Average price: from € 40,00 per person
- Address: Get Directions - Website
3 - Les Crêpes de Louis-Marie
- Description: small characteristic restaurant specializing in both sweet and savory crepes
- specialty: Crepes
- Average price: from € 8,00 per person
- Address: Get Directions - Facebook Page
4 - Frog & Underground
- Description: underground-style venue perfect for spending an evening with friends, specializing in burgers and beers
- specialty: beers and burgers
- Average price: from € 15,00 per person
- Address: Get Directions - Website
5 - The Aubergeade
- Description: typical restaurant where you can taste both meat and fish dishes very well cared for and made at fair prices. Quality wines and friendly staff
- specialty: tartare and canard
- Average price: from € 35,00 per person
- Address: Get directions - Facebook page