As great as it is to have a picnic under The Eiffel Tower with “un macaron chocolat” from Ladurée, in order to make the most of your voyage to Paris it is important to take the road less traveled and immerse yourself in the rich Parisian culture. In other words, when in Paris, eat as the Parisians do. To many tourists, the endless number of little cafes and restaurants lining the streets is quite overwhelming, but fear not, we’ve done all the experimentation and searching for you. Here's what you should eat on your next trip to Paris.
Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice:
Situated in the heart of the Marais district in the 4th arrondissement is the French cafe, Le Crêperie Suzette. Not only is the staff here uber friendly and the vibe totally relaxed, but the crepes and galettes are quite literally out of this world. The menu has a mix of sweet and savory crepes, so whether you prefer a crepe with warm Nutella or one stuffed with fresh mozzarella and tomato, Le Crêperie Suzette can satisfy you. If you are not a fan of the crepe, the menu also includes a number of delicious salads.
Just a few minutes away from the Hôtel de Ville (side note: a great shopping destination) is the very trendy L’Open Café. The exterior of this restaurant may appear to be very humble, but the food is incredible. While also a perfect spot for some serious people watching, L’Open Café offers traditional French dishes that are quite remarkable in both taste and appearance. Be sure to order either the Croque Madame or the Croque Monseuir.
If You Are Feeling Homesick...
After spending countless days stuffing your body with croissants, crepes and macaroons, you may feel a yearning for some American food. Although this is rather hard to find in Paris, The Diner Bedford also in the Hôtel de Ville area dishes out a top notch brunch. Between legendary bacon egg and cheese sandwiches and mouth-watering omelets, The Diner Bedford is home sweet home for any New Yorker.