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Dining in Paris
Paris is commonly considered one of the world’s best places to find something to thrill your taste buds. With an array of uniquely French and Parisian entrees, restaurants, specialty shops, and street vendors, you will find something tempting in Paris.
During your visit to Paris, you will discover that there is a wide variety of food choices around the city, and it is commonly considered best to try lots of different types of food and food venues. From street food and bistros to bakeries and restaurants, getting a full and diverse experience is easy to achieve in Paris. However, much of Parisian culture happens around the meal table, so take your time to enjoy good food and good conversation.
A Few Signature Dishes
From light sandwiches and crepes to large and complicated dinners, Paris has put a unique twist on many foods. Here are a few distinctly French dishes to try out.
Pot-au-feu: This traditional stew usually has beef, leeks, and turnips, but changes from restaurant to restaurant throughout the city depending on the chef. Sometimes this soup will include more exotic vegetables and spices.
These chitterling or veal sausages seem to represent some of the carnivorous tendencies of the Parisian palate. Usually a coarse-grain sausage cooked spices and wine, this sausage is often served in stews and meat dishes.
Couscous: Coming with an influx of immigrants from the Middle East to Paris, couscous is a semolina grain that has made its way onto the Parisian menu. While it was once a side dish, couscous can also be a main entree served with lamb or sausage. It is also easy to create new things using couscous and is often reinterpreted throughout the city.
While you explore Paris, don’t forget to stop and try some of these signature foods that have gained Paris the reputation of having the best food in the world.
Cheese and Chocolate
Cheese and chocolate are both popular treats in Paris, and there are hundreds of shops filled to the brim to pick out your favorite selection of Brie or the perfect box of chocolates to take home to someone sweet.
These pancake-like delicacies are made out of flour or buckwheat and can come with an array of savory or sweet filings. Sweet ones often come with chocolate or fruit while the savory ones often have ham or mushrooms. While they can be found throughout Paris, the best place to find them is in restaurants known as creperies. Some of the best known creperies are by the Montparnasse train station.
Pastries and Baked Goods
Some consider pastries some of the most iconic foods in Paris. These flour-based treats are sometimes doused in chocolate or filled with fruit or simply plain but tasty dough. The most famous of these is the flakey and buttery croissant which can be found all over the city.
On the savory front of the Parisian carbohydrate list is the baguette. This long, skinny bread is often bought straight off the shelf and taken home without a wrapper. French bakeries also have a wide variety of other breads and treats as well.
French wine is some of the most famous in the world, and there are many different wine regions throughout France. Paris is the perfect hub to sample a few of these.