10 Best Food Experiences in Paris

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We won’t ever be able to get to every restaurant, bakery, wine cave, food tour, or all the rest of the culinary experiences that thrive in the city of light. But we’re sure gonna try. On our visits, we had a delicious time in Paris, France, and wanted to share all the top food experiences in Paris we think are worth a visit on your next visit. Let us help you decide just where to eat in Paris and what to eat in Paris.

10 Best Food Experiences in Paris

1. La Bourse et La Vie Bistro

One of our favorite foods to eat in Paris is steak frites and you can get this famous dish at almost any corner bistro. But if you’re looking for a superior, classic, and some of the best steak frites in Paris go to La Bourse et La Vie, the latest restaurant of Chef Daniel Rose. Everything about our meal was perfect. From the crispiest, tastiest frites to the huge yet airy cheese gougéres starter. You won’t want to eat it all for fear of ruining your dinner but will finish every bite. You must. It’s that good.

2. Pierre Sang Bistro

A Top Chef semifinalist Pierre Sang Boyer cooks up some delicious French-Korean fusion food in Paris. We were treated to a very special lunch, enhanced with periodic visits from the chef, and enjoyed every bite.  The fun of the meal was that we were not told of the ingredients, but had to guess what they were and get the 411 after each dish. The salmon with mashed cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, sea asparagus, tobiko (flying fish roe), and pickled onions were my favorite. The Waygu Beef with mushroom gravy was very good as well, with its secret ingredient of Jerusalem artichoke chips almost stumped us — almost!

Waygu Beef at Pierre Sang in Paris
Waygu Beef at Pierre Sang in Paris

3. Le Monte Carlo Brasserie

When we landed in Paris after a quick check-in at the sumptuous Hotel Napoleon we just had to have something to eat. A quick walk on the busy side streets and we found ourselves at Le Monte Carlo Brasserie. I love simple food to help recover from jet lag so the Poulet frites lunch special for me and the cassoulet of the day for Diana was just what the travel doctor ordered. Located a few blocks off the Champs Elysées this brasserie is a little gem.

If you get there at lunchtime you might have to wait a few minutes. The locals jammed this place during their work breaks for ample portions of homemade dishes and desserts. They’re open from 7 am to 10 pm. Sometimes the best food in Paris is simple and delicious.

Monte Carlo Brasserie Cassoulet 10 Terrific Food Experiences in Paris
Monte Carlo Brasserie Cassoulet


Le Monte Carlo Brasserie Poulet Frites
Le Monte Carlo Brasserie Poulet Frites

4. L’Etoile Brasserie 1903

Americans sometimes have the impression that the French people are unwelcoming and the food is too rich. We’ve found time and time again that these misconceptions are simply not true. We met up with our friend Janice from France Travel Tips at L’Etoile 1903 a corner bistro nearby and had a fun dinner with the playful waiter, who insisted on being in our photo! He was adorable and made sure we enjoyed the local humor. The L’Etoile 1903 menu is deep and the wine list long. This spot is very affordable and just steps away from several Metro stops. Open from 7 am to 2 am, it would also make a great spot for a late-night get-together.

Diana Sue and Jan in Paris
Diana Sue and Jan in Paris

5. Eat With

One of the best things about traveling is getting the chance to meet locals. Eat With makes it easy to eat at the home of a local and gather with other people who love to learn more about the local culture through food. We had the chance to dine in the beautiful home of Diane, herself a world traveler, who was a perfect host. Her Parisian home was so special and unique, multilevel with a rooftop garden and terrace, and incredible views of the Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer. After a champagne aperitif on the rooftop, we experienced a delicious multi-course meal lovingly prepared by Diane.

The night was full of great stories and fun. She even raised bees on her rooftop and took us through a honey tasting after dinner. hosts meals at local homes in more than 60 countries. It’s a perfect way to have wonderful food experiences in Paris and enjoy an authentic local, home-cooked meal. Check out their website for more information on

Food Experiences In Paris

6. Alain Ducasse Cooking School

What a treat! To be able to take a class at Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s L’école de Cuisine. When we first heard we would be attending a class I thought I’d be taking pictures and eating (that is what I do best). When I was told to don an apron and get some knives I knew this would be a different kind of food experience for me. From filleting fish to trimming artichokes we did it all. And then got to taste the fruit of our efforts, which turned out to be very good.

The school is warm and makes you feel at home. Our chef-teacher was patient (especially with me – I ask a million questions!) and thorough but fun with his lessons. They have several classes from which to choose. Find out more on their website

Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse Cooking School
L’école de Cuisine Alain Ducasse Cooking School


Filleting fish at Alain Ducasse Cooking School in Paris. Food Experiences In Paris
Filleting fish at Alain Ducasse Cooking School in Paris.

7. Rungis International Market

This stop is for the hardcore foodie. Do you want to know where all the food in Paris comes from? Most of it comes from the Rungis International Market located just outside of Paris. And did you know it’s the largest fresh produce market in the world? You can’t even imagine just how big the Rungis International Market is. The complex covers 573 acres and 13,000 people work there every day.  Companies deliver over 1.5 tons of foodstuffs and 50 million flowers and plants annually.  The wholesale markets represent 2,260 permanent operators, 4,300 producers, 4.5 million tons of diverse food products, with 50,000 vehicles per day. A huge number of markets are set up in 5 “Worlds” including fish, meats, fruit & vegetables, dairy products, and flowers. It’s literally like a city of markets.

Over 24,000 professionals enter every single day from producers to buyers. More than 18,000 visitors (like us!) a year come making Rungis Market one of the most visited trade sites in France. Tours are available for those willing to make the trek. They start early at 5 am and you’ll see each market and experience a Rungis-style breakfast at the end of the tour.  This is a wonderful tour for chefs and foodies to learn more about food sourcing in the area.  Check out their website for more information on scheduling a tour for one of the really unique food experiences in Paris.

Rungis Market produce Food Experiences In Paris
Rungis Market produce

8. La Grande Cascade

Dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris is always a treat and dining at the storied La Grand Cascade is just that. What’s truly unique about this restaurant is that it wasn’t always a restaurant. It was originally the lodge in Bois de Boulogne where Napoleon III would come to rest after hunting trips. The beautiful interior and exterior of the building have been maintained and are exquisite. I only wish we could have experienced the outdoor terrace, which looks like it would be a bit of an escape from the hustle and bustle on the busy streets of Paris. I can only imagine a gourmet meal here served to perfection on a glorious spring or summer day with a glass (or two) of champagne.

La Grand Cascade Dinner Paris Food Experiences In Paris
Delightful turbot dish at La Grande Cascade


Las Grande Cascade Dining Room
La Grande Cascade Dining Room

9. Publicis Drugstore

Don’t let the name fool you. maybe a place to find all your pharmaceutical needs (including a late-night pharmacy) but it’s so much more. Located at the bottom of the Publicis building on the end of the Champ Elysées this very trendy store has it all. A large bookstore, wine store, cigar room, and enough fashion brands to make your head spin. Need a Pierre Hermé macaron? They’ve got those too. Open from 8 am to 2 am every day of the year it may be a perfect shop for all those hard-charging advertising executives right upstairs.

We love the pre-made sandwiches, the large assortment of cheeses and wines, and the freshly baked bakery shop inside. There’s more food than you can imagine – foie gras, caviar, sushi, salads, every snack imaginable. It’s perfect for creating your own picnic. There’s also Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon located in the basement, which chef Eric Ripert called “the best restaurant in the world.” But you can decide for yourself. Full disclosure: I spent many years working at Starcom, which is owned by Publicis Groupe, so it still holds a special place in my heart.

Pierre Herme Publicis Paris
Pierre Hermé Publicis Paris
Publicis Drugstore food experiences in Paris
Publicis Drugstore

10. Walking Food Tour

One of the things that makes a trip to Paris fun is walking everywhere. You will likely find a culinary surprise around every corner when you’re off exploring. We spent several hours in “The Belly of Paris” with our friends at Meeting The French in the Les Halles-Montorgueil area. On their Gourmet Food Tour, you’ll go from Stohrer, the oldest pastry shop in Paris, to specialty shops featuring cheese, chocolate and so much more. Of course, the tour includes tastings of pastries, bread, cheese, charcuterie, and wine.

La Patisserie Stohrer Paris Walk

Cheese shop on walking tour Paris food experiences in paris

Chocolate Shop on Paris Walking tour

This is just the tip of the culinary scene in Paris and the best food experiences in Paris. We encourage you to try these gastronomic finds but also to discover and find your own special hidden gems. Paris is a foodie’s wonderland so start the day early and be sure to wear your smart comfortable shoes so you don’t miss a thing.

A huge thank you to our friends at Atout France, who hosted our trip to Paris, and to all the companies, restaurants, and hotels we visited. We were not financially compensated and all opinions are our own. You can learn even more about Paris and France by checking out their website

THE QUICK BITE: These 10 Best Food Experiences in Paris will have you wandering the streets of Paris and discovering why foodies return again and again.

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  1. You just have to include going to Angelina’s for a pot of chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). Angelina’s is near Tuileries Garden, and it’s very classy. Plus the hot chocolate is the best I’ve ever had — very thick and creamy and chocolate-y! They serve a single pot with a bowl of whipped cream to add, and that pot will serve two people with some left over! And only 9 euros. Amazing! I have to say it eclipsed any other eating experiences we had in Paris!

    • Hi Tami! Sounds like heaven. We’ll definitely add it to our list of things to do next time we’re in Paris. Thanks!

  2. The Adventure Ahead Reply

    I visited Paris as a teen, and have such happy memories there. Looks like it is time to take a trip back as an adult 🙂 Yum!

    • It’s always a good time to go to Paris. Hope you make it back soon!

  3. Goodness, my tummy just rumbled. Amazing food pictures and descriptions. It must be very difficult to find bad food in Paris, no?

    • I thought I heard something Charles! I suppose it can be done so stick to these and you’ll be just fine! 😉

    • Hi Suzanne! Hope you get to Paris soon it’s always such a fun adventure.

  4. If someone can’t find something good out of this post they are NOT trying. I always laugh (out loud, to their face) when someone complains about Paris being too this or that. It’s PARIS! Love these recommendations and will take this along when we next find ourselves there.

    • Ha ha! So true Betsy. Paris is such a wonderful place to visit hope you get back soon.

  5. I haven’t been to Paris for the longest of times – but this is tempting me in more ways than one!
    And you’ve included some great links here to other temptations…I really like the idea of that VizEat. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Rebecca! VizEat is really a unique way to experience not only a local meal but to hear a locals perspective on life in their city. The conversation often turns to world politics which I find very interesting and illuminating. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Thanks Irene! Hope you get to Paris in the near future it’s so lovely.

  6. Fabulous! Fabulous! Fabulous! And it’s NOT because you mentioned our meeting (and showed a great picture). These are such interesting, varied travel food experiences for all budgets and tastes (sorry for the pun). I had always heard about the Rungis International Market and your comments opened my eyes to a new place. Not sure I really want to get up for 5:00 am, so I am glad YOU did it! Of course I loved your post. Makes me homesick for Paris.

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