I recently returned from Paris, you can read about my trip and my Top 10 Tips on these other posts. This post I am dedicating to all the food and drink that I had in Paris. I ate well when I was there and overall I would say prices are probably comparative to any other big city. Here is a rundown of places I ate and what I thought about them.
If you are in the Les Halles/ Opera area make a point of going here. This is a wine bar I visited when I was a student and visited Paris and knew I had to come back. It is a wine bar who have a great selection of wines. They ask your preference for wine and suggest a few getting you to try a few before buying. This changed my husband into a wine convert. He now loves a glass of wine. If you go here order one of the charcuterie boards it is amazing! We booked ahead and are glad we did.
Now there are so many dining options at the Eiffel Tower – there’s cafe’s, fancy restaurants, snack bars – all pretty pricey I might add! We arrived at the Eiffel Tower slightly early. So we hung about soaked up the atmosphere and grabbed a Pretzel from the snack bar at the base of the Eiffel Tower. It was really yummy and just what we needed for a wee snack going on. The prices are as expected!
If you have completed any research about Food in Paris you may have already heard about Angelina. This is a Chocolatier and Pattiserie. It is situated near the Louvre. We went one morning before hitting the museums. They have a set menu for about €17 each. This gave us a whole tray of pastries, cakes and yummy goodness and a pot of the famous African Hot Chocolate- this is basically the thickest Hot Chocolate you have ever had – it’s so thick you get a spoon to eat it with! If it wasn’t rich enough you also get a pot of cream to stir into it! I highly recommend going to Angelina even if it’s just for a takeaway Hot Chocolate!
The Museum D’Orsay has two massive clocks – which are quite iconic. Behind one of them is a restaurant that my husband and I decided to stop at because we were starting to get a bit fatigued with Museums. We ordered a drink and a Characterie board between us and so I think it cost about €20. The meat platter was really nice and I did start to get food envy of other people. The only thing I didn’t really like is because the restaurant is so open is you started to feel like a goldfish in a bowl being stared at.
One thing I love about France is Happy Hours! Most bars and restaurants have a happy hour at around 5-7pm. Mostly it was cheap cocktails although some did cheap food too! Look out for it! My husband and I stopped into Cafe Indiana for a drink and ended up staying for dinner after I spotted they had Steak Tartare on the menu. This is something I have always fancied trying but never really seen it on menus. The Steak Tartare I ordered had olives, basil and parmesan through it too. It was nice but not very filling I would say. This place also had amazing cocktails, there seemed to be a few of them in Paris.
6. Mercado, Supermarket
If you are really on a budget; one thing I suggest is finding a supermarket. The range and quality of food in there are incredible and so you can stock up on meat, cheese, baguettes and even cheap wine. Have a picnic in one of Paris’ many parks!
7. Planet Holywood, Disney Village
This is as cheesy as it gets as you can imagine. But we ate here so I thought I would put it in. We went here to have a little rest before the Fireworks at night. It was quite pricey and very busy.
8. McDonalds/ McCafe
In all honesty, McCafe is actually not bad. The one we went to in Les Halles served properly looking coffee and cakes -like proper pastries. It was Starbucks quality but McDonald’s prices! They also had fresh salads available there – it was in all honesty quite a good cheap meal if you’re stuck!
We went here on our last morning for Crepes and Waffles. They were delicious. The restaurant is open fronted, it is very white and looks great. I opted for a caramel apple crepe and my husband went for a Nutella and strawberry one. They were both delicious and freshly made!
You may have heard of Berthillion Ice Cream – there are a few places that sell it on l’Île island – this is the island behind Notre Dame. We went to a wee shop selling it out of a window, not the actual shop- but only realized this after we had queued for a while. A woman was trying to tell us this but we didn’t understand her french! The ice cream is lovely and there are so many unique flavours.
There is a short overview of my Paris food experiences! The food was certainly to die for! If you are on a budget remember
- you can order a meat platter between two
- look out for happy hour
- Most places give water for free
- Wine is cheaper than Coke
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