October 21, 2016

Travel Guide: Where to Eat in Paris

      Seems just like yesterday I was in Paris exploring the city and indulging in cafe au laits while snacking on macarons. Unfortunately that was over a month ago (I can't believe it!) and all I have are pictures to remind me of all the delicious things I ate in Paris. (see my beauty haul here and my Paris diary here) Like NYC, there are tons of places to dine and try in Paris. It's seriously overwhelming to choose a place and to know what's good. Here are some places I recommend (and have been recommended by others as well) if you ever make it out to Paris.

Fine Dining

84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France

      Currently the 19th best restaurant in the world, Chef Alain Passard is famous for his vegetable gardens. It'll make any carnivore question how vegetables can be prepared in such a way that's filling and rich at the same time. My fiance and I had lunch here (read about the meal here) and it really changed the way we think about vegetables. He was so impressed that he bought Chef Passard's book when we got back home!



25 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris, France

      I wanted to try this place because Carin from Paris in Four Months always snaps this place on her Instagram. For good reason too, the cafe was adorable and the food was delicious! I loved how they served your coffee in a silver pitcher. I wish I could experience that everyday. The location was picturesque too as it is located in the Place des Voges (check out Musee Carnavalet nearby while you're at it which is a free museum!). Out of all the cafes I went to, Carette had the best chocolate croissant.

Les Cocottes
Several locations but I adored the one we went to near the Arch de Triomphe which is located inside a Sofitel - 2 Avenue Bertie Albrecht, 75008 Paris, France

      Besides Arpege, Les Cocottes was one of the best meals I had in Paris. The price of the food was so reasonable, and the portions were generous. Pictured above are just the starters, deviled eggs and a caesar salad. The place was primarily filled with local French people, and they were all getting the herbed chicken with mashed potatoes - something now I wish I had ordered too although my squid and chorizo risotto was absolutely delicious. The location is amazing as well. It's located inside a Sofitel hotel and thus the bathrooms were impeccably clean. I definitely and must go back here when I return to Paris!

Cafe Constant
139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France

     We were so impressed after our meal at Les Cocottes so we also tried Cafe Constant. Cafe Constant is another restaurant by Christian Constant who also owns Les Cocottes. It's a more "homey" vibe with similar pricing and portions. I preferred the food at Les Cocottes more, but Cafe Constant took the gold with their dessert - ice cream profiteroles with melted hot fudge!



L'Eclair de Genie
Several locations around Paris

      The best and probably the best eclairs I will have ever tried are from L'Eclair de Genie. I mean, just look at them! They were as delicious as they were pretty. I'm ruined when it comes to eclairs now. A must try for any sweet tooth lover. Even my fiance who isn't a sweet lover was blown away by them.

226 rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris, France

      If you've heard about Angelina's, then it's no surprise to you that I'm featuring their hot chocolate. Imagine drinking a melted chocolate bar - that's how rich Angelina's hot chocolate is. A must try for chocolate lovers. I don't think there is anything quite like it in the US (at least no hot chocolate that I've tried). Plus, it's located right near the Louvre and the Tuilieres Garden.

Pierre Herme
Several locations around Paris.

      I didn't try Laduree when I was in Paris given that there are two locations in NYC, so I focused all my macaron efforts on Pierre Herme. And boy am I glad I did, they are heavenly, and unfortunately, I now prefer Pierre Herme to Laduree. Why? The flavors are phenomenal and utterly unique. I tried one of their seasonal macarons - orange blossom, chocolate with a hint of coffee. It honestly didn't sound that tempting, but I took a chance since it was one of their seasonal offerings. It was delicious and the best macaron out of all of the ones I tried (pictured above was my second time eating Pierre Herme's macarons while in Paris!). Pierre Herme's macarons are a must try if in Paris!

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