Food isn’t simply fuel for the body, but a way of life
Colourful & vibrant street markets abound with local Parisians tugging trollies behind with their dogs in tow.
The smell of freshly baked bread wafting from boulangeries.
Pâtisserie windows displaying macarons assembled as brightly coloured pyramids
Rotisseries heaving under the weight of organic chickens as they roast out the front of butcher shops
Whether it be in markets, museums, cafés, department stores, speciality shops, falafel stands, high end restaurants or supper clubs …
Food, glorious food, can be found everywhere in Paris to suit any budget. You are only one step away.
Below are some of my favourite places you might like to explore, taste and savour!
- Bastille MarketsThe Bastille Markets are everything you could hope for in a typical Parisian Market; vibrant, colourful, delicious and intoxicating.
- Marché d’AligreThis small ancient and charming undercover, neighbourhood market which is full of friendly vendors and a sumptuous array of food also has a small flea market outside.
- Petit Fer a ChevalThis charming, historic bar in the 4th arrondissement and the heart of the Marais, is my all time favourite. Great food, full of character and friendly staff.
- Clown BarTucked away in the high Marais you will find this sweet little belle époque zinc bar with painted glass ceilings, wall tiles depicting clowns frolicking around and good food.
- L’Hotel du NordLeaving Canal St Martin, and entering through red velvet drapes, you will discover a zinc bar, black and white flagged flooring and tiled murals on the walls.
- Ambassade d’AuvergneMashed potatoes whipped into a silken white purée, delivered to the table and spectacularly stretched, as high as the arm will go.
- Le Train BleuThis wonderful bustling restaurant, located in the Parisian train station, Gare de Lyon, is nothing short of spectacular, frescos, sculptures, banquette seating ...
- Chez GladinesA bright cheery & inexpensive Basque café with red & white checkered tablecloths, friendly staff, good hearty food and a bustling atmosphere.
- Dinner with Jim HaynesIf you are looking for a unique experience and fancy the idea of having dinner in a private home in Paris ...
- Galeries Lafayette ParisWith its magnificent stained glass cupola, adorning 7 storeys of fashion and luxury goods, this is shopping seduction at its best.
- MerciSitting at the end of a cobbled lane-way, is a tiny red car with the number plate; Merci. You have just arrived at the stylish and innovative concept store.
- Le Cordon BleuSlip on the starched white apron, ensure you shout oui chef and be prepared to be taken on a culinary experience in this world famous institution.
- Musée Jacquemart-AndréI love poking around former residences of the bourgeois and Musée Jacquemart-Andre is one of the finest you will see in Paris.
- Bouillon ChartierIf only these walls could talk, you would learn about 100 years of food, laughter and romance. Take a journey back in time, in the famous, historically listed dining room.
- La Cuisine ParisI was assigned a small chicken to de-bone, all the while, learning knife and chopping techniques.
- La ContrescarpeCozy nooks, comfy leather lounge chairs, timber floors and books tucked into alcoves, in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere with delicious and very affordable food.
- Le Cochon à l’OreilleA friendly welcome and good food is what to expect in this gorgeous tiny ancient cafe with six tables, a zinc bar, tiled murals adorning the walls. An absolute treat.
- Au Rendez-vous de la MarineThis unpretentious little gem, tucked away from the usual tourist circuit in the 19th, is extremely friendly and dishes up hearty, inexpensive traditional food.
- Pain de Sucre ParisIf you find yourself wandering around the Marais, I encourage you to visit Pain de Sucre Paris. I doubt that you will resist leaving empty handed. This is take away food, Parisian style.
- Musée d’OrsayThe former railway station, sitting on the left bank of the Seine, has the largest collection of impressionist and post impressionist art in the world.
- Jardin des TuileriesThe Tuileries history unfolds like a terrific saga. Once home to a Palace, Kings and Queens, a riding school, menagerie, hunting, fire and massacre.
- Restaurant Foyer de la MadeleineLurking deep in the cellars of L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine is one of Paris' best kept secrets, Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine.