I’ve just come back from a 4 day trip to Paris and I want to show you some of the delicious food I’ve eaten and the places I’ve visited. This was my first trip to France and I had a fantastic time with my oldest sister, Fiona. We stayed at the Hotel International on 6 rue Auguste Barbier. For anyone who’s interested I would recommend the hotel as it is close enough to walk into the centre of Paris but also has great access to the metro. The hotel was comfortable, cheap and clean with very polite staff.
One major downfall of the hotel was that breakfast was not included with the room rates and so an additional €9 was required which we decided against. There was a McDonalds very close by which we visited every morning for our breakfast of petit pains or pain au chocolat and coffee. Please don’t judge us too harshly for this, as it turned out to be a fraction of the cost the hotel were expecting us to pay and if you’ve ever seen a French McDonalds you’ll know that it is VERY different from the ones here in the UK. They have little cafe’s in them called McCafe’s which sell baked goods like cookies, croissants, macaroons and brownies. It was at the McCafe that we ate every morning and indulged on buttered mini bread batons and espressos. I brought a pot of jam home for my mum to use, it was given to me with my petit pains and so I stashed it as proof that there are such things as Fancy McDonalds in the world.
As you can imagine there was a Patisserie, Boulangerie and Boucherie everywhere you turned on the streets of Paris. Each looked as delicious as the next and with it being so close to Easter many had chocolate and nougat eggs, chickens and rabbits displayed on their counter tops. Worry that these would be crushed in my luggage stopped me from clearing the displays in a bad case of gift greed.
Here is a picture of a Patisserie we visited that was just round the corner from our hotel on Avenue Parmentier. I could stand staring at these beautifully crafted delights for hours; they looked so yummy you couldn’t imagine destroying them. But we did…I ate a Royal Chocolat and my sister bought the mint green coloured meringue you can see in the following pictures…
The Royal Choclat was so tasty, rich and smooth. It was such a treat at the end of a day full of walking around the Louvre and Notre Dame. It was very indulgent so I did feel a little sickly afterwards but that’s probably down to my own greediness. My sister had nothing but great things to say about her meringue, personally they don’t float my boat so I didn’t try it. On the last day of our visit, we went back to this patisserie to buy some presents and I let myself have one last moment of weakness. I can’t remember the name unfortunately and it was such a last minute buy that I forgot to write the name down. Some of you may recognise it and know the name from the picture and description.
So, it was a mountain of walnuts and hazelnuts covered in caramel and sat in a sweet crust pastry dish. I know it had ‘noix’ in the title but alas that is all I can recall. It was lovely though! The pastry was cooked really well but the filling wasn’t the easiest thing to bite into. It was a perfect piece of Paris I stashed away on the Eurostar ready for me to eat with a cup of tea (avec au lait!) when I got back home to Blighty.
We also visited another Patisserie and boulangerie which was called Aux Peches Normands, you can find the details on the packet below…Here we bought Broccoli and Camembert quiche. It was so tasty I almost forgot to take a picture! So sorry that the quiche is half eaten but at least you can see the filling a little better 😉 The top may look burnt but it honestly didn’t taste it. The texture was much drier than the filling but it didn’t affect the flavour of the quiche at all. The portion was very generous and the staff were very nice, especially when what little French I know failed me.
So if you’re planning a visit to Paris anytime then I would highly recommend these patisseries and boulangeries. Another place I can recommend is the Les Fondus de la Raclette. It’s a restaurant on the Avenue Parmentier just across from the patisserie I have already talked about. We liked it so much we visited it twice in the 4 days we spent in Paris. Both times I had the chicken burger which doesn’t sound very exciting but it had Parma ham on it and cheddar and was the most delicious burger I’ve ever had and probably ever will have. I don’t even like ham but I absolutely loved it on this burger. I also really enjoyed the cider my sister was given, it was called Valderance and again, I’m not a cider drinker but I really enjoyed this one. I don’t know whether I was being such a polite English girl in a country famed for its stubbornness, or if the ingredients and quality of food were that much better that I enjoyed food I haven’t enjoyed in years.
The staff at Les Fondus de la Raclette were very welcoming and could speak English and French very well. It was an easy going vibe where groups of friends were able to meet and catch up and enjoy a great meal in such a cosy atmosphere. Although the restaurant did get quite busy as the night grew late and this did mean that we had to wait an inappropriate amount of time for our bill because the staff were so busy, this only further proved the popularity of the restaurant. There were many different people who visited the restaurant, including English, American, German and French. We overheard a German girl telling the waiter she had the restaurant recommended to her which only impressed us even more. This restaurant and its staff were delightful and I wish them every success and hope that they stay open for people to enjoy for years to come! Here is the website and please go visit when you’re in Paris, keep your eyes peeled for the multi coloured chairs!
Here’s one final image to wet your appetite because you can’t go to France and not eat a baguette!
I still have a lot more places to visit in Paris and I can’t wait until I get to visit again and sample some more of the French cuisine. I shall be posting another blog about my trip to Paris about some inspirational shops I found on my adventures as well as some of the things I bought. If you have any recommendations of places you’ve visited then don’t keep them quiet, please! I’ll be making a note for my next trip 🙂
Thanks for reading!