We love a good bucket list but this time we’ve gone a bit off piste and focused our attention on food! We asked local Parisians for their top places to eat in Paris to make sure you’re not only sorted on sightseeing, but well fed and watered.
Read on for some of our bucket list destinations for where to eat and drink in Paris:
DIY dining at the Marché des Enfants Rouges food market
The oldest covered market in Paris, the Marché des Enfants Rouges is a great place to go to experience gastronomic delights. Dating back to the 1600s, this market gets its name from the clothing worn by the children in the orphanage in the Marais district, so it’s great to visit somewhere with such history and heritage.
Now, visitors and locals alike love Marché des Enfants Rouges for fresh food and produce and we recommend you have lunch at Estaminet des Enfants Rouges if you fancy more of a table service experience. Otherwise a DIY lunch with tasty treats from all the stalls is a must! There’s Moroccan, Italian, Lebanese, Japanese, Creole and other specialities to choose from – so be adventurous!
How to get there: 39 rue de Bretagne 75003, métro Line 8 « Filles du calvaire »
Eat an ice cream at Berthillon on the Saint Louis Island
Bertillon isn’t really much of a secret as it’s a much-loved foodie destination, however, it has to appear on this bucketlist because you can’t pass up an opportunity to try a scoop (or two) of this sweet ice cream! Akin to the gelato in Rome, is Berthillon to Paris. It’s rich, creamy and adventurous flavours appeal to everyone. From the classic vanilla to more abstract, Earl Grey tea, it’s a great place to go to satisfy that sugar craving.
Berthillon stands almost as a pillar and institution of Paris’ culinary repertoire, so go on, have a cone – sharing is optional!
How to get there: 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004 Paris métro line 7 « pont Marie »
Brunch in Paris
The tradition of brunch in Paris is a very new thing, but despite its novelty it has caught on just as much as if it has been a longstanding habit all these years. As it’s now such a popular weekend pastime, you’ll find yourself going along with the crowds and spending your Sundays eating at all hours of the day – or you should do anyway!
Paris is a culinary melting pot where you can sample locally grown produce, fresh breads and sweet pastries at every corner, so no wonder it’s a foodie’s haven and no wonder brunch is so popular. Now, almost all restaurants cater for the hours of ‘brunch’ especially on a Sunday when you can even ask for it well into the afternoon. To find out where to go, we’ve already got some of our best places for brunch in Paris.
Pique-nique au Canal St-Martin (Metro jacques Bonsergent)
We love a good picnic and Paris has some great picnic spots as we already know. But Canal Saint-Martin is a must for a quiet retreat – weather permitting. Visit some of the local boulangeries and patisseries to come armed with a feast, or if the sun has set find a local deli and bring a bottle to the canal, too, where you’ll find likeminded picnickers. If you run out and want to continue, Cork and Cavan and Jemmapes give you a discounted rate if you’re a (proven) picnicker, too.
A lot calmer than the hustle and bustle of the Seine, this canal provides the perfect laid back waterside atmosphere. If you’re after a spot in sun, we recommend you head to where the canal bends, rue de Récollets, close to Antoine and Lilli.
The Angélina Tearoom dates back to the turn of the 20th century and was a major player in the capital. It’s said Proust and Coco Chanel frequented this delicatessen for a spot of tea and a sweet treat. Now, it’s become the go-to place for the Parisian aristocracy and socialites. So you must go see what all the fuss is about!
Did you know that the much loved Mont Blanc chocolate comes from Angélina? Inside you can admire the impeccable décor, designed by Edouard-Jean Niermans, architect of the Belle Epoque. Think sophisticated tearoom and tasty pastries and you can’t really want for more.
Don’t forget with The Paris Pass you can save on sightseeing and travel, too. With entry included in the price you can visit over 60 top attractions in Paris for free. Not to mention make the most of unlimited travel on the Metro and buses!
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