Paris is foodie heaven, a showcase par excellence of French cuisine. But it’s not all about dining in Michelin-starred haute cuisine temples and edgy bistros with rising chefs at the helm.
Gourmet Paris is as much about gorging on goods at open-air food markets, crunchy fresh baguettes from the local boulangerie (bakery) and stinky cheese from the fromagerie (cheese shop). The French capital is the perfect weekend foodie trip with its endless opportunities for eating. Whatever you choose to feast on, follow the example of Parisians – indulge.
‘Haute-couture breakfast specialist’ Claus serves the ultimate gourmet petit dejeuner (breakfast) – a lavish array of eggs, hams, salamis, fruit, yoghurt, muesli, breads, pastries and more. Or opt for an old-school coffee and croissant at a typical Parisian cafe such as Café Saint Régis near Notre Dame or Le Petit Fer à Cheval in Le Marais.
If coffee is of serious importance to you then you’ll want to make a beeline for Holybelly. This large and vibrant spot is part of a new wave of barista-run cafes that have set up shop in Paris. Holybelly also serves breakfast and the best weekend brunch – think bacon-and-eggs with thyme mushrooms and roasted goats cheese. The menu changes monthly but creativity in the dishes is a constant, such as black rice and coconut milk porridge topped with fruit and vanilla fromage blanc (white cheese) or pancakes with bourbon butter and maple syrup.