Paris is a city of dreams, and for a lot of people, enjoying the city’s culinary delights is top of the list when visiting the French capital. But even in a city famed for its haute cuisine, there are some things that first-time visitors should be aware of if they want to get the most out of their visit. With that in mind, here are our top 5 tips for eating in Paris.
Finding a good restaurant
Even when Paris’ culinary reputation precedes it, nothing prepares you for just how hard it can be to find a good restaurant in the city. Not only are there just so many fantastic ones, but it can be very easy to miss a good one in your eagerness to try something new.
We’re not going to tell you to go off-piste and ditch your tried and tested favourites, but simply don’t be afraid to ask! Restaurants are very open to you asking for recommendations, so be sure to do so. Parisians know their food inside out and are more than happy to be your personal guide to the best places to eat.
Finding the perfect wine pairing is the key to a successful dinner in Paris. If you’re a big fan of wine, you’re in luck! Wine lovers in Paris have it pretty easy.
Once you’ve located a place that tickles your fancy, make sure you do some research before eating and book a table to secure your spot. One of the most stressful parts of enjoying a meal in Paris is waiting for a table.
What to eat
Don’t be afraid to try things that aren’t on the tourist trail, as the food on offer is often just as fine as that offered in traditional bistros, where you can order an entire plate of the restaurant’s best dishes. By doing this, you’ll not only impress your Parisian friends but you’ll also avoid having to go to places like McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King.
Restaurants to avoid
If you’re new to the restaurant scene in Paris, or if you just want to try somewhere new, there are a few restaurants you should avoid. Some of these restaurants are old but have a reputation for being tourist traps, while others are new and are simply overpriced for the quality of food you get. Whatever the reason, there are a few places you just don’t want to visit.
Make sure you check google reviews for any place you wish to enter. One of the big red flags is having pictures of meals outside the restaurant. Usually, this signals to a tourist trap place. While Paris is a foodie’s paradise, it’s also chock full of tourist traps and mediocre eateries that don’t live up to their reputation. The most important tip we can give is to check what people say on Google before you enter any restaurant.
How to eat in Paris on a budget
As this is a city of very high prices, your wallet will be suffering as you make your way through the tourist spots, but there are a few things that you can still do to make your money stretch. there are tons of budget-friendly restaurants around Paris, so long as you’re willing to skip the tourist traps.
However, eating out is a must in Paris. The French have amazing cuisine that you must absolutely try. The menus at the trendy bistros can be daunting when translated from French, and the word “bistro” in Paris is synonymous with expensive.
One of the great ways to stay within budget and still experience the good food, is street food vendors. In the past couple of years street food has picked up incredible popularity in Europe, with Paris leading the way. From burgers to baguettes you will find everything you can desire for a more affordable price than restaurants.
Relax in a quiet Café
Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to read or a lively spot to catch up with a friend, the cafes of Paris have got you covered. It’s hard to compare the various cafes—after all, what one person likes might be a total deal-breaker for someone else. But if you know what to look for and where to look, you’ll be able to find the best cafes in Paris to suit your needs.
Paris is famed for its haute cuisine, but there are some things visitors should know about. Be prepared to ask for recommendations when looking for a good restaurant. Don’t be afraid to try things that aren’t on the tourist trail. Avoid restaurants with a reputation for being tourist traps. Make sure you check google reviews for any place you wish to enter.
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