A Foodie’s Guide to Paris
Paris and food go hand in hand. One of the world’s food capitals, regardless of where you are in the city of love, the aroma of freshly baked baguettes, sweet pastries and ground coffee will have you seeking out some of the city’s best kept foodie secrets. Paris has something to suit everyone’s taste and the deeper you dig, the more rewarding the culinary treasures.
Cream of the crepes at the Breizh Café ££
The Breizh Cafe 109, rue Vieille du Temple Paris, 75004 + 33 (0) 1 4272 1377 breizhcafe.com
No foodie’s guide to Paris would be credible without the mention of crepes. One of Paris’ best kept secrets is the Breizh Café Creperie. Situated in Paris’ 3rd arrondisement, this creperie definitely isn’t a tourist hotspot, rather, a no-nonsense café where the focus is on quality and not on trend as you often find with other creperies in the area. Presented in a simple style, this creperie covers all the savoury classics including ham, eggs and cheese but what makes the Breizh Café stand out is their galettes. A round, flat cake, each one is made from organic buckwheat flour and filled with top quality ingredients. As well as a range of yogurts and rice puddings, there’s also a variety of drinks to compliment your lunch, including Breton cola, artisan sparkling ciders, and lait ribot, famous French buttermilk.
Vibrant tones at Bones ££
Bones Restaurant 43, rue godefroy cavaignac Paris, 75011 + 33 (0) 9 8075 3208 bonesparis.com
One for the carnivores, Bones is located in the 11th arrondisement, next to Voltaire Metro. With a minimalist interior of bricks, timber and unfinished walls, this restaurant is far from unfriendly with a vibrant atmosphere helped along with the restaurant’s warm lighting. With homemade bread, butter and cheese, Australian head chef James Henry perfectly captures the authenticity of Parisian cuisine. Quite the haute couture restaurant, it’s not unknown for people to eat standing up if there aren’t tables available. The menu is seasonal so changes all the time but popular among local foodies is Bones’ pork sandwich; made from homemade bread, slow-roasted pig, pickled cabbage and mayonnaise. Also home to some fine craft beers and natural wines, Bones makes for a bustling restaurant ambience.
Macaron making at La Cuisine Francais ££
La Cuisine Francais 80, Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville Paris, 75004 + 33 (0) 1 4051 7818 lacuisineparis.com/content/french-macaron-classes
What could be sweeter than making those beautiful macarons you see in the windows of Parisian patisseries? If spending an afternoon making macarons sounds like your idea of pastry heaven then La Cuisine Paris’ macaron making classes could be for you. With two and three hour classes available in English, students are divided in to groups and work through the pastry-making process from creating the batter, to piping, cooking, and then taking home the final products at the end of the day. During these classes you’ll learn two meringue techniques – French and Italian – and you’ll create three different garnishes to add the finishing touches including Crème au Beurre, traditional pastry cream, and homemade fruit compote. Bon!
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A vision of the future at Telescope ££
Telescope 5, rue Villedo Paris, 75001 +33 (0) 1 4261 3314 telescopecafe.com
If ever there was an anti-hipster coffee house in Paris, Telescope is it. Located in Paris’ 1st Arrondisement, this small and simple cafe is the epitome of ultra-modern. With its straightforward approach to contemporary speciality coffee, Telescope shuns variety and technology, instead, offering a limited menu and no internet access. With a small selection of baked goods, the focus at this coffee house is the quality of the coffee. Locals will tell you that until recently, the shop roasted their own beans, but now, beans are sourced from international roasters. Particular favourites include Scandinavia’s Solberg & Hansen roast. If you only visit one coffee shop while in Paris, make Telescope your coffee house du jour.