From discovering vintage cinemas and old-world theatres to enjoying a picnic while poring over the Parisian skyline, there are plenty of romantic experiences to be had in the City of Love.
But it’s not just its unique experiences that make Paris the heart of France, romance can also be found at the bottom of a wine glass or in that first bite of Parisian chocolate. From having a croissant and a coffee at a corner café to enjoying a homemade picnic under the Eiffel Tower, there are a number of authentic foodie experiences to fall in love with in Paris.
Croissants and coffee at a corner cafe
We spoke to Camille Lola Fit, a French lifestyle blogger living in Manchester about Paris’ foodie scene. As someone who spends a lot of time in Paris for work, Camille told us one of the more simple ways to eat and drink like a true Parisian.
“Because there is so much to see in Paris, make sure you get up and grab a quick coffee and a croissant at a small corner café and people-watch. It's the best way to feel like an actual Parisian. This isn't just a stereotype, people actually do this a lot!
“The nice thing about doing this is that little coffee shops are everywhere in Paris, so you won't lose time looking for one,” says Camille. “If you are in a hurry, just head to a Boulangerie (bakery) and grab a warm and delicious croissant there.”
Crêpes at Place du Tertre in Montmartre
If you need a sugary fix while wandering Paris’ bustling streets and charming boulevards, Camille recommends stopping to enjoy a traditional crêpe in one of Paris’ famous squares lined with quaint cafes and bistros. Here you’ll be able to witness talented artists painting their next (masterpiece)out in the open.
“If I had to pick something as a treat, I would choose crêpes - they are my favourite! Head to Place du Tertre in Montmartre and get a buttery sugar and lemon crêpe (‘une crêpe sucre, citron, beurre’) and watch the painters beneath the Sacré Coeur Basilica. So romantic!”
Picnic next to the Eiffel Tower
Is there anything more Parisian than having a picnic next to the Eiffel Tower? Perfect for those on a budget, or those looking for a relaxed way to spend the afternoon, a picnic is a great way to indulge in some traditional Parisian goodies including cheese, meats, baguettes and wine, of course!
“What's nice about the Eiffel Tower is that it's surrounded by the Champ de Mars, a beautiful park with clean grass,” says Camille. “I recommend going late afternoon and having a little picnic with a little bottle of rosé and some macarons from a nearby patisserie.”
Chocolate from a Parisian chocolatier
Do you have a weak spot for chocolate? In Paris, you are never far away from an established chocolatier, and it is certainly worth sampling some of their carefully-crafted products. In Paris, the business of chocolate making is not ‘business’, it is a lifelong pursuit that has likely spanned generations. It is an art, and something that chocolate-makers have indulged in from an early age.
Famous chocolate shops include Patrick Roger, Jean-Paul Hévin and À la Mère de Famille, who all have multiple locations around the city. To see a great list of chocolatiers to visit in Paris, give this article by Paris Perfect a read.
Dinner and a cabaret show at Moulin Rouge
If you’re a theatre buff, you can’t pass up buying Moulin Rouge tickets and seeing world-famous cabaret show, Féerie. After all, it is one of the most famous theatres (and windmills!) in the world.
Enjoy a fabulous three-course dinner before being dazzled by the fantastic talent of the Doriss Dancers and their amazing costumes. Feast on a menu specially curated to complement the performance while sipping on champagne in the enchanting Moulin Rouge.
Cheese from a fromagerie
If you’re a lover of cheese, then you can’t visit Paris and not sample the local cheeses at a fromagerie! There are several ways to try the cheese in Paris, including supermarkets and street markets, however for a traditional Parisian experience, you’ll want to try some from a high-quality shop that sells some of the best across the country.
Most shops age their cheese in caves underground and have incredible histories, and its certainly worth asking the merchant about it.
For a list of some of the best fromagerie’s in Paris, check out this article from Trip Savvy.
Ice cream on the Île-Saint-Louis
From vintage parlours to quaint artisanal shops, Paris has a delightful ice cream and gelato scene that can be enjoyed all year round. Camille gave us her top recommendation of where to get the crème de la crème of ice cream in the city.
“Without a doubt, you’ll want to walk to the Île-Saint-Louis, a natural island next to Notre-Dame area, for the best ice cream in Paris. There, you’ll find a shop called ‘Berthillon Glacier’ that sells the most amazing ice creams. Once you’ve got your cone, stroll down the River Seine and enjoy the relaxing view of the river.”
Wine in a Rue Vieille du Temple wine bar
When the night starts to draw in, what could be a better way to end the day than by heading to a cosy wine bar and enjoying a bite to eat while sipping on some quality Parisian wine?
“If you are a wine lover, you are in the right place, no doubt.” Says Camille. “If I had to suggest where to find a cosy wine bar, I would recommend heading to Rue Vieille du Temple and picking one of the many bars along there. Personally, I like La Belle Hortens, because alongside a delicious glass of wine, you can have some seriously yummy food there too.”
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