Macaroons, crepes, pastries, cheese, bread – the list of delicious foods in Paris goes on and on! I’ll tempt you with some mouth-watering evidence of Paris’s fine culinary delights here.
My favorite treat in Paris had to be the macaroon. Macaroons comes in a zillion different flavors and colors, so it’s tempting to just try one of each. We loved Laduree, supposedly the best macaroon shop in the world. All together, we samples about 10 flavors during our trip. My personal favorites were pistachio and raspberry. We also had orange, dark chocolate, caramel, chocolate and green apple.
Pistachio macaroon - the best of the entire trip
Throughout the trip we tried to find cheap macaroons, because the regular ones – while absolutely delicious – are a little pricey. We magically stumbled across a bakery selling macaroons for only 90 cents! Of course we had to try! Then we looked at the bakery’s name: McDonalds. Yep, we had fallen prey to Mickey D’s clever French disguise. Stupidly we still decided to try the macaroons, and discovered why Laduree is able to keep their cost higher: the taste is just lightyears better. Lesson learned.
Our best meal of the trip was actually during lunch at a cute cafe before we went to Notre Dame.
Cinnamon flavored chicken
But let’s just talk about breakfast for a minute. I am in love with the French breakfast style. I could eat a pastry and sip on some tea any ol’ day of the week. We tried so many pastries: pain aux raisins, pain au chocolat, almond croissant, plain croissant, chocolate croissant. Here’s a sample breakfast:
French breakfast: lemon tea, orange juice and pain aix raisins
Paris also has a wide selection of cheese and bread. So why not have some cheese and some cheese on bread (hello, pizza). Note: never order these items together. Too much cheese.
Four cheese pizza
Another great meal was in a colorful cafe filled with mirrors and plants to make it feel spacious and cozy…
Mashed potatoes with salmon
Bruschetta with tomatoes, cheese, ham and mushrooms
But what would Paris be without some crepes? Luckily for us, right outside where we were staying was a cheap crepe stand. Those lovely crepe ladies pocketed many of my euros. I tried nutella and nutella banana crepes while in Paris. I know there are many other flavors and possibilities, but I love nutella and I love bananas so why mess with that?
Nutella crepe! Sadly, crepes are not the most photogenic food.
Gaurav enjoying his crepe.