Exploring Paris: What to eat in Paris

Looking for what to have when in Paris? Here is a list of food you need to try!

  • Croque Monsieur/Madame – The French version of the grilled cheese sandwich, with cheese  on the outside and ham on the inside. The “madame” adds a sunny-side-up egg to the top.
  • Quiche – The most famous quiche is a quiche Lorraine, made with egg, cream, cheese, and bits of ham.
  • Escargots – Served with a sumptuous buttery sauce (perfect for soaking up with bread after!), escargots are a thing to try if you are looking for something adventurous!
  • Steak Tartare – Another way to eat adventurously is by having steak tartare, which is very finely chopped raw beef that’s been marinated and seasoned. The only “cooking” it’s been through is being marinated in alcohol, but it’s still mostly raw.
  • Omelet – You may recognize the word, but an omelet in Paris isn’t breakfast food. Paired with a salad, this can be a lovely light lunch.
  • Onion Soup – French onion soup is a rich beef-based broth full of onions cooked until they’re soft and sweet, then covered with cheese and baked in the oven. It’s delicious, but don’t make the mistake of assuming it’s light because it’s soup.
  • Boeuf Bourguignon – A favorite dish in the winter months, this is a slow-cooked beef stew with an enormous quantity of Burgundy wine poured into the sauce.
  • Coq au Vin – This is a chicken dish where the bird has been cooked in wine.
  • Confit de Canard – In English, this is duck confit, and it’s an incredibly popular dish among the French. A confit de canard is tender, flavorful, and could serve as a stand-in for just about any comfort food you can imagine.
  • Moules – Mussels are different in Paris. For a variation, try “mouclade,” which is a dish of mussels baked in a cream & white wine sauce.
  • Huitres – Mussels aren’t the only shellfish popular in Paris. Huitres, or oysters, are a nice splurge meal at one of the many oyster bars in Paris.

Looking for other travel food guides? Browse through where to eat in Macau and Hong Kong here!