Having visited Paris twice, I want to share some of the best food in Paris. Some are items I loved the first time around and had to have again, others are new to the scene from my second visit.
Even before visiting, for me crepes were always synonymous with Paris – and they truly are an absolute must! Words cannot describe how amazing they are. And you cannot find anything like them anywhere else. Special note: DO NOT try to “spice them up” with anything, just go with the straight Nutella variety. I tried a coconut Nutella crepe once and was highly disappointed. (And I love coconut.) Order them from the street side vendors. They seem to be the best.
Steak and Fries
After our friends visited Paris they told us about Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, a restaurant that only serves steak and fries. They also warned us that it gets very busy. So when Bill and I decided to go, we were sure to arrive just before they opened and were lucky enough to get right in. The waitress took our order, which consisted of what we wanted to drink, and if we ate meat – which was certainly an interesting question to say the least!
Shortly after, she returned with our beverages and salads. Then she returned with the steak and fries, two plates to split it between, and a special warmer to keep the remaining steak and fries on until we were ready for seconds.
Not only was the food delicious, but the decor and architecture of the restaurant was beautiful, and the whole visit was an experience I will not soon forget. At the end of our meal, Bill asked for our check in French (the waitress knew very little English). We then overheard the couple at the table next to us discussing that they would want separate checks. When the waitress returned and they were having difficulty explaining their request to the waitress (it seemed the couple did not know much (if any) French), Bill did his best to intervene and let the waitress know they were sharing and would need their check split into two. We did not stick around to see how things worked out, but the couple was thankful at the time. Hopefully the waitress understood what Bill was trying to explain!
I know what you’re thinking, “pizza in Paris”?! Simply put, YES! Pizza at Pizza Rossi in Paris is the best pizza we have had while traveling. And that says a lot considering we have visited several different cities in Italy. It is important to note that this tiny restaurant is an authentic Italian restaurant with a wood fired oven right inside the entrance. While other patrons order one pizza per person, Bill and I choose to share. They are definitely big enough for two!
All things from Eric Kayser
Everything at Eric Kayser is delicious. Sandwiches, pastries, tarts, quiche, chocolate chip bread, pain au chocolat, yogurt – EVERYTHING. We were repeat visitors on both of our visits to Paris.
I recommend to enjoy all the lunch specials (sandwich big enough to share, beverage, and dessert for 7-8 euros) you can and try all the pastries that catch your eye. Some my favorites have been eclairs and this chocolate chip and custard pastry we had. Deeeelicious!
Parisian hot dogs
I am not a hot dog fan by any means, but these hot dogs tucked into a baguette with cheese on top – you cannot go wrong!
Planning a trip to Paris soon? I challenge you to try at least one of the items on this list!