[EN] Bon Appétit, Paris!

Blog post: written by Mckenna

Paris, the gastronomic capital of the world, is a paradise for food lovers.

    From its charming bistros to bustling street markets, the city offers a culinary adventure that tickles the taste buds and delights the senses. You can hardly turn a corner without stumbling upon a charming café, boulangerie, or pâtisserie. The aroma of freshly baked bread and buttery croissants fills the air, beckoning you to indulge in the city’s culinary wonders. It’s a place where every street feels like a culinary adventure waiting to happen!

    To experience the true essence of Parisian dining, venture into one of the city’s many
bistros. A favorite of mine lies in the 12th arrondissement, called Bistro Le Taillebourg; I urge you to check it out and make sure to say hey to the bar keep named Hamsa! Cozy establishments like this one serve up classic French dishes, from boeuf bourguignon to coq au vin, oh and don’t forget the fries!

Parisians have a special relationship with their food, and they take great pride in sourcing the freshest ingredients.

    I’ve recently learned the extent to which they value only buying produce that was grown in season, without any added chemicals, and grown in France. So, from now on, you can find me at one of the many vibrant street markets, known as « marchés. » I’ve started getting me daily exercise by carrying bags of fruits and vegetables home from the market, which effectively doubles as my weightlifting routine. However, for everyday grocery shopping, I tend to turn my neighborhood Grandprix, Monoprix, or Casino (which I promise is not the chaotic gambling location, which might be perceived by the name).

No morning is complete unless I stop by local boulangerie for a coffee and a chocolate croissant!

    Paris’s culinary landscape would be incomplete without mentioning these beloved boulangeries and their delectable pastries. From the flaky croissants to the mouthwatering éclairs, these neighborhood bakeries have mastered the art of turning dough into bliss. I swear there is no experience comparable to your first bite into a warm croissant. Differently, I recommend a café called Laïze in Le Marais; although easily missed, given the building is maybe 5 feet wide, their apple pastry is to die for.

    Paris, with its abundance of food, bustling street markets, and culinary wonders, is a city that knows how to
tickle the taste buds through its flavorful adventures. From traditional bistros to international gourmet treasures, each bite tells a story and brings joy to those lucky enough to indulge. Even if you don’t want to sit and be waited on at a restaurant, stop by your local fromagerie and charcuterie to pick up some picnic supplies!

    So, bon appétit, my fellow food enthusiasts, and may your culinary journey through the streets of Paris be filled with the most delicious memories.

    Bye for now, time to go gobble up some escargot!