Oh Paris, the cultural hub of France filled with rich coffee and lemon-drizzled crepes. Everywhere you look you see another thing you want to try, and with cafes on every corner, who is stopping you? While in Paris, you must take advantage of the amazing cuisine that surrounds you, but where do you start? We have compiled our top picks for the must-try foods while in Paris.
Paris, and France as a whole, is known for a variety of different foods, each holding a true significance in French and Parisian culture. It is likely that you have already heard of some of these famous traditional eats, but others maybe not. Of course, we have seen the classics and stereotypes of the crumbling croissants and luxurious coffee, but Paris really has so much more to offer. This article will guide you in ensuring that you try these Parisian staples in the culture of cuisine.
Snacks and Sweets:
This is probably the most classic, historical and yet simple food that the French are known for perfecting. Although it may seem obvious to some, this French staple must be on your bucket list when visiting Paris, for the city is filled with cafes and bakeries, each selling amazing, perfectly baked baguette.
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Coffee is another French classic. When you walk down a street in Paris, you will definitely see outdoor seating in cafes filled with people sipping espresso, coffee and lattes. If you leave France without doing the same, you will be missing out on a huge cultural norm that people participate in every day.
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Crepes are definitely a popular street food and snack in Paris and France as a whole. Crepes not only taste amazing, coming with a variety of toppings such as Nutella and strawberries, but you will also be entertained watching them being made, with the crepe batter being spread around a circular stove and then folded into a triangle with fruit and chocolate stuffed inside.Credit: Kitchen Magic.
Chocolate Croissants, or pain du chocolat, is an iconic staple of French cuisine. While in Paris, it is easy to eat multiple croissants a day because they are sold at every bakery on every street. Although quality can range, if you are able to find flakey, soft croissants you have hit the jack pot.
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Lastly, macaroons are a great textured, simple dessert that you can, again, find in many bakeries. These small delights go great with a cup of coffee or tea after dinner, and come in a variety of flavors to match what you preferer.Credit: A head of Thyme.
Croque Monsieur is a great meal for lunch or supper. Although there are different interpretations on this French classic, the original grilled sandwich calls for ham and cheese melted between toasted bread, and accompanied by the occasional herbs depending on your taste.
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Escargot, although it may come as a shock to people from other cultures, is considered a fine dining cuisine in France. This dish, otherwise known as snails, is very popular in France, and although it may seem a little to different for some people, we highly recommend at least trying this unique dish.Credit: Savory Experiments.
Choucroute is a classic salty meal for the French, consisting of cabbage and sausage, often accompanied by other meats and occasionally topped off with potatoes. This meal would be great if looking for a classic savory French meal.Credit: Tasting Table.
France truly has endless foods and drinks that you could eat and drink, for the country is rich in cultural cuisine and has perfected a variety of pastries, desserts, and savory meals. Listed above are what we think are the best, most interesting snacks and meals that you should try the next time to take a trip to France.