10 French food specialities you absolutely have to try in Paris
Whenever we travel to a new city, we are looking forward to trying its food specialties. That’s why I’m sharing with you my top 10 French food specialties you can get in Paris if you happen to come to Paris!
The list is quite long but I tried to shorten it. So I will be writing about food specialties so typically French you need to try when in Paris. You’ve all heard about the delicious Parisian croissants, the pains au chocolat, the famous macarons. If you haven’t, you can read this article about Parisian bakeries, and this one which is dedicated to our famous French macarons. Plus, we all also know French crepes are the finest. Plus, wine and cheese are emblematic of French culture. When we think about France, we think about all these refined flavors! But if you want to know more, read on to find out my top 10 French food specialty you can get in Paris!
Some beef steak and yummy fries: Steak-frites
Firstly I will talk about the Steak-Frites. Simple and tasteful, we find Steak-Frites in many other countries. Whether we call it “bitoque” in Lisbon, or simply “steak-frites” in Paris, everyone enjoys this dish for its simplicity. Steak-Frites is always a safe bet. But in Paris, it’s quite a big deal because we even have a restaurant that only serves this dish. At Relais de l’Entrecôte, located at 20 rue Saint-Benoît in the Saint-Germain neighborhood, you won’t be handed a menu. The waiter just needs to know how cooked you like your meat. Shortly after, a seasoned salad is brought to your table. And get ready to enjoy a delicious beef steak and the most delicious and crispiest fries. If you want to know a few more places to eat the steak-frites, read this article.
A trip to the sea: Huîtres
If you like seafood and mollusks, you have to try oysters in Paris. Parisians love to eat oysters. There’s a specific way to eat it. You open the oyster, put some lemon in it, and eat it right from its shell. I’m pretty sure you will love the experience! My advice would be for you to go to rue Montorgueil. There’s a fish store called Soguisa. It’s a bit expensive, and they have excellent oysters! Plus, the salesmen will give you the best advices about the way to properly eat their products! Soguisa is the main fish store in the Montorgueil neighborhood. All the residents of this neighborhood go there to buy fresh sea products!
Refined pastries: Macarons
My top 10 French food specialty you can get in Paris wouldn’t count if I wouldn’t talk about Macarons! We all long for macarons. Correct me if I’m wrong, but when people come to Paris: to try macarons is always in their “to do list”! Especially the iconic Ladurée macarons. These colorful and delicate look alike mini sandwiches have conquered our taste buds! You can try the delightful macarons at Ladurée. Their first store in Paris is located at 16 rue Royale that you can check during our Paris landmarks tour. This store and its decoration are simply one-of-a-kind, so charming and Parisian. I also recommend you to try Paul’s macarons which are great and delicious as well. Click here for more addresses!
A different kind of pie: Quiche
Once in a while, we all enjoy a nice pie. In France, it’s very common to eat salted pies. In fact, it’s Parisians favorite lunch! To change from daily baguette sandwiches, Parisians order quiches at the bakery (the “boulangerie” in French) from time to time! Tuna ones, bacon ones, salmon ones, vegetable ones: we have quiches for every taste! It’s pretty easy to make, and if you want to learn from the best and enjoy a nice meal with locals, you should join a cooking class! If you want to cook it on your own at home, follow the recipe in this article!
Try something uncommon: Escargots
It’s kind of weird the idea of eating snails… I agree with you! But it’s very common in France! That is why it had to be on my top 10 French food specialty food you can get in Paris! There’s many different kinds of seasoning and cooking methods for snails! And I would say the best place to eat escargots is L’Escargot, at 38 rue Montorgueil. This restaurant was founded in 1832 and has been serving snails since then, and you will love its elegant atmosphere!
Delicious mussels: Moules
Mussels, French fries, and white wine: perfect combination! According to me, the best places in Paris to enjoy some moules are the restaurants Léon de Bruxelles and La Taverne Karlsbrau. These two places are really great to eat some mussels in Paris! My favorite Léon de Bruxelles is at 120 rue Rambuteau, right next to Les Halles. And La Taverne Karlsbrau is at 16 rue Coquillère, also very close to Les Halles. You can easily find these two places by joining our Paris hidden gems tour and learn all about this authentically Parisian area.
Raw meat for the more adventurous: Steak tartare
If you’re looking for another uncommon experience, you should try the Steak tartare. What is it? It’s a beef tenderloin chopped in very tiny pieces with the right seasoning and is served raw. And that’s how the French eat it: raw! And they love it! The tartare is a must while you’ll be visiting Paris. One restaurant I can recommend for you to try it is Les Fines Gueules, at 43 rue Croix des Petits Champs, but also Les Philosophes at 28 rue Vieille du Temple, in Le Marais neighborhood. These two restaurants are typically Parisian and serve great French traditional dishes!
A Frenchy soup: Soupe à l’oignon
The onion soup is very famous in France. It is made with meat (beef or chicken) stock, onions, gratinéed with cheese, and goes with a large piece of bread. Though we’re talking about a soup, it’s not as light as you except a soup to be! But, believe me, you definitely have to try it! The Bistrot des Vosges, located at 31 Boulevard Beaumarchais, just steps away from Place des Vosges serves a delicious Onion soup!
Wine, wine everywhere: Coq au vin
Next on my top 10 French food specialty, you can get in Paris is the coq au vin! The French love to braise chicken with wine… while drinking wine. The best place in Paris to try might be La Jacobine in the Latin Quarter, where the onion soup is also great. But if you want my true opinion, if you have some time when in Paris, prepare it with locals. One of the best ways to understand a country’s culture is through their traditions and food habits. When joining our cooking class, you get to experience Parisians habits and customs, to know the best places to buy the freshest ingredients to cook a coq au vin and many more other stuff. Moreover, sometimes the company is even more important than the food. We get to know plenty more about a culture by hanging out with its people.
Delightfully floating: Iles flottante
Enough of main courses! What we need now is a dessert! My all-time favorite is the Ile flottante, which means “floating island”. Yummy! It’s so mouthwatering. Pretty simple but so tasty. Ile flottante is basically made from whipped egg whites, sugar, vanilla extract and simply floating crème anglaise. Sometimes, it can be served with some almonds or coconut on top of the “island”! This dessert is very common in Paris, so you should easily find it in almost every restaurants you go to! If you want to discover a few more Parisian desserts, read this article and choose the one that looks the yummiest to you!
My top 10 French food specialty you can get in Paris is now over. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and that I’ve opened your appetite! Feel free to share your experiences and let me know if you have other suggestions! I can suggest you another good way to discover French food: try to visit our typical food markets, it really is an enriching because you get to know the locals and to learn a lot about their customs and advices on food. Then, you can also read some fun facts about French food by clicking on this link!
Enjoy! I hope to see you soon in one of our tours!