Food isn’t simply fuel for the body, but a way of life

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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. autodesk mechanical 2020 download

Below are some of my favourite places you might like to explore, taste and savour!


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  • Bastille Markets
    Bastille Markets
    The Bastille Markets are everything you could hope for in a typical Parisian Market; vibrant, colourful, delicious and intoxicating.
  • Marché d’Aligre
    Marché d’Aligre
    This 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 Cheval
    Petit Fer a Cheval
    This 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 Bar
    Clown Bar
    Tucked 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 Nord
    L’Hotel du Nord
    Leaving 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’Auvergne
    Ambassade d’Auvergne
    Mashed potatoes whipped into a silken white purée, delivered to the table and spectacularly stretched, as high as the arm will go.
  • Le Train Bleu
    Le Train Bleu
    This wonderful bustling restaurant, located in the Parisian train station, Gare de Lyon, is nothing short of spectacular, frescos, sculptures, banquette seating ...
  • Chez Gladines
    Chez Gladines
    A bright cheery & inexpensive Basque café with red & white checkered tablecloths, friendly staff, good hearty food and a bustling atmosphere.
  • Dinner with Jim Haynes
    Dinner with Jim Haynes
    If you are looking for a unique experience and fancy the idea of having dinner in a private home in Paris ...
  • Galeries Lafayette Paris
    Galeries Lafayette Paris
    With its magnificent stained glass cupola, adorning 7 storeys of fashion and luxury goods, this is shopping seduction at its best.
  • Merci
    Sitting 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 Bleu
    Le Cordon Bleu
    Slip 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.
  • Bouillon Chartier
    Bouillon Chartier
    If 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 Paris
    La Cuisine Paris
    I was assigned a small chicken to de-bone, all the while, learning knife and chopping techniques.
  • La Contrescarpe
    La Contrescarpe
    Cozy 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’Oreille
    Le Cochon à l’Oreille
    A 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 Marine
    Au Rendez-vous de la Marine
    This 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 Paris
    Pain de Sucre Paris
    If 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.
  • Jardin des Tuileries
    Jardin des Tuileries
    The Tuileries history unfolds like a terrific saga. Once home to a Palace, Kings and Queens, a riding school, menagerie, hunting, fire and massacre.
  • Musée Jacquemart-André
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    I love poking around former residences of the bourgeois and Musée Jacquemart-Andre is one of the finest you will see in Paris.
  • Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine
    Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine
    Lurking deep in the cellars of L’église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine is one of Paris' best kept secrets, Restaurant Foyer de la Madeleine.
  • Musée d’Orsay
    Musée d’Orsay
    The former railway station, sitting on the left bank of the Seine, has the largest collection of impressionist and post impressionist art in the world.

If you have found these suggestions useful, please thank me by leaving a comment or following me on facebook for daily photos, tips and anecdotes – Merci!

7 Responses to Food

  • http://Anonymous

    Your blog has such potential but your horrible use of the English language makes it all but impossible to read.  Please, I beg of you, learn how to use punctuation so that your sentences make some sense.

  • http://Yvonne

    Hi Adele

    Thought I would mention Pierre Hermé, Rue Bonaparte. There are several branches around Paris but the Rue Bonaparte, viennoiserie is the only place where you can find the delicious Ispahan croissants. They are exquisite, so unusual with their lychee/almond/rose centres. Of course their macarons are sensational too, such amazing and innovative centres. In mine and a lot of other people’s opinions they beat those of Ladurée.
    Bonne journée


    • http://parisadele

      Hi Yvonne, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I too love Pierre Hermé macarons and I agree, they are the best. I have been known to indulge in an entire box of them in one sitting – lol.

  • http://Anonymous

    Dear Adele, thank you so much for your amazing web site. I am reading it from start to finish. I am feeling very excited and may I say less anxious about visiting Paris next year. Nadine

    • http://parisadele

      Hello Nadine, what a lovely message to come home to after a day walking around Paris. Reading my blog from start to finish makes me somewhat nervous, you will see all the shenanigans that I have been up to 🙂 ha ha. Please don’t be anxious, it is much nicer to be excited. Do your research, which, clearly you are doing and ask me lots of questions. Thank you once again and I will look forward to hearing about what you get up to next year.

  • http://Jon

    Adele, wanted to leave a brief note to say how much I’ve enjoyed your blog. I visited Paris a few decades ago and am looking forward to visiting again next month. Great to see some of the places I enjoyed before (Bouillon Chartier, etc) are still flourishing. This is a wonderful first-hand resource (particularly loved the library and restaurant information). Thanks again!

  • http://Marina%20Bakh

    Hi Adele, I like your website, lots of useful Paris info. When you’re back in Paris – check Rue Cler in 7th arr, the best market street in Paris! Some suggestions: for good food – try Cafe Constant in St Dominique, for best coffee – try Coutume in Rue Babylone. Looking forward for more updates:). Marina

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