A Guide to the Best Street Food in ParisFebruary 23, 2015 3:29 pm
Street food has recently become as popular a thing has dining in, and especially in Paris where food plays such an important role in society and culture and where the multinational influences are ever growing. Now, where to go for the best takeaway French crêpe is almost as important as where to go for a sit down moules et frites.
We thought we’d take to the streets and whittle down some of our best eateries around the city so that you will be well fed on-the-go and can leave Paris with some real recommendations to pass on. To suit every taste and fancy, we’ve tried to provide something for everyone:
The crêpe is one of the best things to have come out of Brittany. As much loved now as ever (who isn’t partial to a bit of Nutella?) you’ll see many pop up stalls dotted across the city. Our favourite is just around the corner from Notre Dame; great if you want a sugar hit when you’re sightseeing in Paris. Boulangerie de Papa is a must and caters for all whims, whether you want sweet or savoury. You pay by the ingredient so great for big groups – or big tummies!
1 Rue de la Harpe, 75005 Paris
Istanbul on the bustling rue des Batignolles has a queue outside it no matter when. But don’t let that put you off by any means! If anything it’s a sign of its unwavering popularity. Here residents call it their local while those who happen upon it leave feeling unquestionably satisfied and pass it on to whoever will list, like an urban legend. Not just your average doner meat, this meat is prepared by two brothers and marinated in a ‘secret ingredient’ that heralds from their native town in Turkey. At €5 a pop, you can’t argue with the price either!
43 Rue des Batignolles, 75017 Paris
Although you don’t think of ice cream as a typically Parisian dish, mark my words there are some strong contenders throughout the city. One of the most popular venues is Clasico Argentino, which serves creamy smooth helado (ice cream in Spanish). With authentic flavours like dulce de leche (a caramel flavour) and boozy fruits, it’s a sure-fire way of sweetening up your day! The cafes (there are more than one!) are even open late if you fancy stopping by for desert, too.
56 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris
Don’t be fooled by the name, Thieng Heng is the master of all things sandwich related! If you’re not afraid of being a bit experimental, this place is a must. Think crusty French baguettes meet Asian infusions. One of their signature dishes is Vietnamese pâté and with glazed pork and vegetables – and at under €5 you can’t argue with the price. Visit Thieng Heng to make your own or stick with the classic ham and cheese if you’re not feeling brave.
50 Avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris
For one of the easiest meals in Paris (and one of the most sought after) head to this mobile burger van, Le Camion Qui Fume. Here, you’ll find some of the most succulent burgers at a snip of the price. Forget stereotypical greasy roadside vans, this is something else. For just €10 you can tuck into a range of burgers from classic to champagne, with cheese and home cut chips. As it is a mobile concept, they’re on the move and frequent different stops every few days so look out for their schedule to make sure you don’t miss out. If you miss them at lunch, don’t worry they even do dinner slots too!
11 Place de la madeleine, 75008 Paris
Le Marais (the Jewish Quarter) is one of Paris’ most popular neighbourhoods and is full of falafel joints, but one in particular stands out is l’As du Falafel. Not a secret spot, however, it’s claimed Mr Lenny Kravitz himself makes a bee-line to it when he visits Paris. Hardly expensive either, you can dine with €5 and receive a wrap stuffed to the brim with fresh falafel, salad and spicy sauce. Eat it wandering around the quirky vintage shops and boutiques in the area and you can’t ask for a more Parisian street food experience!
32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris