Less than one week ago, I was in Paris. I went to Paris for 5 nights to spend time with my best friend, who is in Paris for a few weeks doing research for her Ph.D. I went to belatedly celebrate my golden birthday with her since she was away for my actual birthday. Since we’ve both been to Paris before, we didn’t want to do any sightseeing – we simply wanted to thoroughly enjoy the food and wine! And that we did. Read on for many of the delicious things we ate…
I was welcomed at 12:30 a.m. with this lovely birthday celebration – a bottle of Kir Royale and a gorgeous little chocolate tarte. This is also when I was introduced to the best butter on earth – French butter with flecks of Normandy sea salt. I didn’t think I could possibly like any butter more than Irish butter, but I was wrong!
Day 1: We went to multiple shops in Montmartre and bought food for a picnic in the Tuileries. It was the most gorgeous day imaginable.
Fresh baguette, goat cheese, Comté (our new favourite cheese!), figs (lovely paired with goat cheese!), cherry tomatoes, strawberries, and San Pellegrino
The most amazing produce shop I’ve ever seen. This wasn’t even half of it.
We went for a long, leisurely walk to the Eiffel Tower and ate the rest of our strawberries (and salted caramels) with this incredible view.
Before dinner, we were starving and needed something to hold us over. We decided to go for some red wine and charcuterie, but we certainly weren’t expecting the platter to be this large!! I’ve never eaten so much cheese in one day.
Possibly the best salad I’ve ever had in my life.
This may not look like much, but it tasted like the best brownie batter I’ve ever had. This was also the first time I tried a noisette (espresso with milk froth) and I loved it.
K introduced me to the incredible Pierre Hermé and I simply can’t believe I didn’t discover this French wonder on my first trip to Paris. We went every day and I tried almost all of the flavours.
This is another thing I can’t believe I didn’t have on my first trip to Paris. Easily the best falafel I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, L’As Du Fallafel (known as the best falafel in Paris) was closed when I was there due to Rosh Hashanah. Thankfully other neighbouring shops were open and they didn’t disappoint.
I’ve read about these eclairs and I’m sad to report, this one (salted caramel) was disappointing. The bread tasted stale. It looked pretty, though!
Candelaria is a fab place, I highly recommend going here when in Paris. At the front is a casual taqueria bar and they serve small and basic but delicious tacos and a couple other dishes. Be warned: the price is per taco, not per 2 tacos (what we thought when we were ordering!) We ended up spending a small fortune, especially because we were really enjoying their small but delicious €7 margaritas – loved the chilli flakes around the rim!). If you walk through the back door, which doesn’t look like an entrance to anything, you’ll enter a whole new, wonderful world. This is their beautiful cocktail bar and is a really nice place that we very much enjoyed.
Next up: Breizh Cafe for galettes, crepes and cider! This was my first time having a galette (savoury crepe) and I enjoyed every bite. I highly recommend making a reservation otherwise your chances of getting a table are slim-to-none. You can always go into their shop next door and order from the same menu if they don’t have any tables (which is what we had to do since they never answered their phone when we tried to make a reservation).
Supposedly the best cheese shop in Paris – I would have to agree based on my experience. It was very crowded when we went in and had a lovely atmosphere. I bought yet another slice of Comté.
The oldest pâtisserie in Paris, located on Rue Montorgueil. Do yourself a favour and GO HERE. They have incredible pastries and sweets but they also have savoury deli-style foods as well.
I can now say I’ve never had French onion soup before this, because this was to die for.
HIGHLY. RECOMMENDED. Explosion of flavour! A pastry I will never forget.
All of the dishes we got were delicious, but this was K’s main, and it was by far one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Easily THE nicest beef meal I’ve tried. The herb vinaigrette was to die for – so good, I could drink it! If this happens to be the plat du jour when you’re there, ORDER IT!!!
I’m probably starting to sound ridiculous, but this is, hands down, the BEST chocolate dessert in existence. I promise you. It was recommended to me by a friend. She told me she dreams about it at night and now I can see why. No other chocolate dessert could ever live up to it!
Noisette, pain au chocolat et pistache and a pastry for the plane journey later
Tip: Go into as many artisan boulangers as you possibly can. Artisan = made there!
With picante sauce, as always.
I went into a Jewish bakery/deli in the Marais and was overjoyed when I saw kosher dill pickles. Dill pickles are my #1 favourite food in the world and this is something Ireland does not have (good ones, anyway). The woman laughed at me when I asked for just 2. I would have gotten more but was flying home in a few hours time. These pickles may have been the highlight of my time in Paris.
Until next time, Paris! I will constantly be dreaming of your cheese, wine, butter, bread, pastries, falafel and even pickles!