How to Eat Like a Parisian in Paris
Parisian bistros, speakeasy cocktail bars, croissants, and brunch: Paris is a foodie’s playground. No one could eat and drink all of the best Paris has to offer in just 48 hours, but here’s a good start – remember, calories don’t count in Paris!
Look up any breakfast recommendations in Paris and no doubt, Holybelly will pop up. We came across two during our stay – Holybelly 5 and Holybelly 19 (and managed to try them both because brunch is life).
Holybelly 19 is unique (and super cute) in that it serves “tapas” dishes, designed for sharing. Pork croquettes, boiled eggs, hummus dip, cold meats, and for the sweet tooth, cinnamon doughnuts. Holybelly 5 should be top of your list if you’re after sweet and savoury pancakes, or an “Aussie-style” brunch. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either.
If you’re in a hurry, grab a croissant from any of the street-side bakeries and get on with your day!
No trip to Paris is complete without a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. Head to a supermarket (plan ahead, because there aren’t too many supermarkets nearby) and pick up some goodies for your picnic spread. We had some cold meats, dips, berries, cheese, bread sticks and of course, wine! Cheap, easy and relaxing – you could easily spend hours here.
If you’re not near the Eiffel Tower in time for lunch, head to a nearby bistro (there’s one on every corner), grab a table in the sun and order a Croque Monsieur (a very French ham and cheese toastie). Be aware that you’ll often pay a premium for sitting at the outside tables, but it is well worth it for the people-watching and for catching some sun. My advice is to try to speak as much French as possible, as these are the types of places where the staff tend to get frustrated if you don’t make an effort.
For a lazy, long lunch, head to Pink Mamma in Pigalle. Arrive at opening time (12:30) to avoid the massive queues. This place is very “Instagram-able,” the dishes even more so. The wine and cocktail list and great service makes for a perfect boozy Sunday lunch.
Macarons, crêpes, and croissants – the options in Paris are endless.
Ladurée is famous for their delicious macarons, pasties and afternoon teas. However, the prices are exxy for a couple of macaroons that you’ll demolish in three seconds. There are plenty of other bakeries that sell them, and the French truly know how to do sweet treats, so shop around.
A traditional Parisian bistro or brasserie is a must-do while you’re in Paris. Le Consulat in Montmartre is one of the oldest brasseries in the city, and has hosted the likes of Picasso, Van Goh, Monet, and many others. To make the most of your time in Montmartre (which is definitely worth the visit), head there in the early evening and pop into one of the street-side bistros for a quick Aperol Spritz before continuing your walk up to Le Sacré-Coeur, just in time for sunset.
Afterwards, head back down to Le Consulat for the classic Steak and Frites (followed by a Crème Brûlée, because Paris). If you’re lucky, a musician or street performer will choose your corner as their stage for the evening, with the rest of the restaurant singing along. What an atmosphere!
Le Richer is a beautiful, Michelin-starred restaurant with an urban feel. Specials are usually seasonal, market-inspired dishes, and they have a great wine list and lovely service. If you can’t get a table here, the whole neighbourhood is great for food; there are plenty of options along the street, all of which look fantastic.
If you like bars with a ‘speakeasy’ feel and great cocktails, No Entry is the place to go. Head downstairs from Pink Mamma; it might look like you’re just headed for the restrooms, but push the refrigerator doors and walk through the next door that says “no entry.” Inside No Entry you’ll find a great atmosphere, glowing terrariums from floor to ceiling, an incredible cocktail list (with illustrations to match), and splendid service. Find a cosy seat on one of the velvet lounges and enjoy the ambience!
Rooftop bars are popping up all over the city, including the beautiful Khayma Rooftop bar above the Generator Hostel – killer cocktails paired with million-dollar views of Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre, without the price tag.
If you like your wine, Freddy’s boasts an incredible wine list, perfect for a cosy evening while sharing a charcuterie board.
That’s what we were able to experience during our precious short time in Paris – I’d love to hear about your own French foodie adventure! Bon Appétit!