If you’re planning a trip to Paris, it’s likely that you’re already dreaming about the delicious food you’re going to eat. After all, food is such an important part of French culture, and Paris is known as one of the culinary capitals of the world. With so many incredible options, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top ten things you must eat while in Paris.
The foundation of French society, the baguette is a staple at every meal. If you’re lucky enough to get your bread fresh out of the oven while it’s still warm, it will change your life. The French get their bread fresh every day, whether at home or at a restaurant.
Croissant & Pain au Chocolat
The almighty croissant is a must-eat in Paris. Compared to any croissant you’ve ever eaten before, it’s like eating a sock. But why stop at a plain croissant when you can get the chocolate version, called pain au chocolat? It’s filled with two rows of dark chocolate down the middle, and it’s heavenly.
France is famous for its incredible cheeses, and you should get as many as you can while you’re here. One of our favourites is Comté – the older, the better. It’s relatively cheap, and you can just get it by the slice.
These pretty, colourful, and tasty little treats are a must-try while in Paris. If you put a picture of them on your Instagram, you’re sure to get many likes. Our favourites are Ladurée and Pierre Hermé.
You might be hesitant to try snails, but trust us – the garlic butter that comes with them is worth it. To eat them, use the clamps to hold the snail in place, then use a small fork to pull it out. Don’t forget to dip your bread in the garlic butter when you’re done!
The produce in France is incredible, and you should definitely plan to have a picnic and load up on fresh fruit and vegetables. Even if you don’t usually like certain fruits or vegetables, you might be surprised at how different they taste in Paris.
This smooth, creamy delicacy is made from the liver of a duck or goose, and it’s often served as an appetizer. It’s like food butter, and it’s a must-try while in Paris.
Crepes are a French classic, and you can get them in both sweet and savoury varieties. But when it comes to sweet crepes, Nutella reigns supreme. Be sure to try a Nutella crepe while you’re in Paris.
Desert pastries are everywhere in Paris, and it’s hard to go wrong with anything you choose. As you walk down the street, you’re going to see them in all the windows. Don’t hesitate to go inside and get anything that looks good to you – chances are, you’re going to love whatever you get.
Jacques Genin Caramels
If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t miss the caramels from Jacques Genin. They are truly the best thing you’ve ever tasted. We recommend getting the normal flavour and the mango passionfruit flavour.
While there are so many incredible things to eat in Paris, this list is just a starting point. As you make your way through the city, you’re sure to discover your own favourite foods. Bon appétit!