It’s no secret that Paris is a mecca for foodies. From five-star cuisine to simple, wholesome fare, the French take their food seriously—and they know how to share it with visitors to their home country. But don’t get stuck at the tourist traps. If you’re serious about food, you won’t want to miss these five epic foodie experiences.
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Learn How To Make Macarons
These colorful bites of delishiness are hard to miss while bakery-hopping in Paris. But even better than taste-testing them at renowned locales like Laduree and Pire Herme is learning how to make them for yourself! Cookin’ With Class is a fun locale in Montmartre that offers a variety of cooking classes, including how to make decadent macarons. I was pretty proud of the vibrant macarons I was able to take home with me after the sessions!
Take a Wine Tour
There are numerous day trips that operate out of Paris, taking guests to small villages with local wineries and vineyards. We always say you can never go wrong with a wine tour! If you have the time, try a trip to Champagne, just 45 minutes away from Paris on the high-speed train.
We opted to sample the bubbly at Veuve Clicquot, Pommery and Lanson. Our day trip to Champagne was another one of our favorite experiences during our Paris trip. Even if you’re not a huge champagne fan the beauty and history of the city is worth a visit.
Purchase Goodies at a French Market
One of the best markets in Paris is the Bastille Market, also known as the Richard Lenoir Market, open Thursdays and Sundays. The market features excellent vendors of fish, cheese, and meats, but all varieties of foods are on offer, including Middle-Eastern, Spanish, and more. Alternatively, the President Wilson Market (open on Wednesdays and Saturdays) is a good option.
Enjoy Fine Dining
No visit to Paris is complete without splurging on a fine-dining experience. With a plethora of Michelin-starred restaurants and renowned chefs, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a great dining experience. If you want to save some money, opt for the lunch menu instead of the dinner.
For no-frills authentic French cuisine in a quaint but small restaurant, try L’Ardoise.
We ended our Paris trip with dinner at this small French restaurant on the recommendation of the concierge at the Hyatt. It’s not all that fancy, but what this authentic brasserie lacks in décor it makes up for with deliciousness. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Take a Food Tour
Enhance your knowledge of French food and wine with a personalized walking tour through one of Paris’ most romantic neighborhoods, Montmartre. This was one of our absolute favorite things we did in Paris (if not all of France). Everyone we’ve recommended it to has loved it as well.
John-Paul, founder of Culinary Tours of Paris, was our guide on our three-hour Montmartre Moveable Feast. And a moveable feast it was. Our food tour was like a leisurely three-course French lunch, with each part of the meal enjoyed at a different restaurant. Read the full post here.