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It’s been over a year since I was in Paris but I can still remember just how amazing the food in Paris was. Once you’d tasted some Parisian food there is nothing that will taste as good again. Trust me! Between French restaurants and places for Paris desserts. There is something for everyone! Some of the places to eat in Paris I’ve listed were recommended to me before my trip, some I had sought out, and some I stumbled across.
Best Paris Desserts
Who doesn’t want to start with desserts from Paris? No one? That’s what I thought! I’m sure you’ve already heard about how amazing the patisseries are in France. It. Is. ALL true! The thought of such delectables conjures up images of Marie Antoinette eating little cakes. Let me tell you, I could have eaten my way thru these places and been perfectly happy about the 8,000 pounds I would have gained.
Angelina may look like any old Parisian patisserie from the outside, but inside it’s akin to walking into Willy Wonka’s classy pastry department. I consider it the best bakery in Paris, though it is much more than that! The place is filled with fantastic, mouth-watering smells of chocolate, sugar, and creams. There’s usually a line out the door, but there is a separate entrance for pickup orders. If you’re just dropping by for some Paris desserts you can go in that entrance. Your other choice is to go to the tearoom, I didn’t because I was short on time.
Now, aside from all the amazing pastries, you can gawk at for hours, there is what I came for, the hot chocolate. When my friend recommended it, I thought how good can it actually be? It’s hot chocolate for goodness sake! Boy, was I wrong! It is amazing! I don’t know what they put in it, but it’s like tasting heaven. No chocolate bar or hot cocoa will ever taste as good! They have a few locations so make sure to check the website for your closest location. It is one of the best places to eat in Paris!
Anyone who has watched Gossip Girl already knows what Laduree is, and if you haven’t, you should. Laduree is the best place for macarons, my favorite of the Paris desserts! Trust me, I’ve tried the American macarons around Los Angeles and they just don’t match up at all! The Laduree store is gorgeous! Think Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette scene with the desserts. Yep, it’s that good! When I went they had some construction going on in their Tea Salon but I’m sure that is done by now.
A friend told me the Tea Salon serves amazing food, I’ll take his word for that since their macarons were amazing! I got the pistachio and salted caramel and thoroughly enjoyed snacking on them while walking around the right bank. They have locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami for those not skipping across the pond anytime soon for some Paris desserts.
Okay, it’s not a dessert, but it may as well be! Let me start off by saying that I’m afraid of falling. I’m not afraid of heights like most people will tell you because I do just fine in an airplane. I am afraid of falling from a great height, so the impending trip to the Eiffel Tower wasn’t my favorite thing on the list. Sure, when you’re in Paris you have to go to the Eiffel Tower and I knew I would, I just wasn’t going to be thrilled about it.
Before I made the long walk up, my Aunt and I stopped for some Parisian food and a drink. I’ll be completely honest about it, I needed liquid courage. I had never tried Lillet before, nor had I ever heard of it, but we saw a poster at the restaurant with a cool glass (it was HOT out) of Lillet with some fruit in it and decided to try it. It was wonderful, especially since it had been so hot that day! In the states, you can buy this at BevMo. In Paris many of the restaurants serve it.
Best French Restaurants
There are SO many French restaurants to choose from when you are visiting! Parisian food is scrumptious and like nothing else I’ve ever tasted before! Eating food in Paris is a fabulous experience so you want to pick the right place to eat!
If you’re looking for a French restaurant with Ratatouille, look no further than Chez Janou as it has the best ratatouille! They have excellent food and it isn’t that expensive. It’s in a cute little corner near the center of Paris. One thing I have to say is that you have to keep track of their hours, I showed up mid-afternoon one day and they were closed. They are open for lunch and dinner hours and that’s about it, but it is worth it. It’s an artsy place if you couldn’t tell by their website design, so make sure to soak up the artistic mood.
I stumbled across this place while looking for a place to eat that wasn’t going to drain my bank account. Some places in Paris are very expensive, some have really small portions, and some just don’t taste that great. L’Imperial is none of the above and is a great place for budget travelers looking for food in Paris. They were well-priced with hefty portions and had pasta to die for! Literally, I was stuffed but because it was my second to last day in Paris and I knew I wouldn’t be back anytime soon, I scarfed down the whole plate of pasta.
Loving Parisian Food
It was followed by a nap in a park, the only way to digest pasta properly in Paris in my opinion. The interior design is a little too mod for my taste, but the waiters were very nice and prompt with the food. If I could ship their pasta to my door right now I would, that’s how good it was! It was my favorite of all the food in Paris I tried!