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Best What to Eat Paris 2024

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Greetings, Internet Stranger! I’m Stella Jane, author of the travel guide Get Lost, and welcome to a day of what to eat Paris. If you’re anything like me, you’re drooling at the very thought of spending a day devoted to the best Parisian food.

After all, if you ask people to say the greatest food city in the world, many of them will say Paris. (Most French people would say it’s Lyon, but that’s a subject for another post.)

Fortunately, we have a wonderful food tour guide to take us to try some of Julia Child’s favorite foods all over Paris. It will be our very own chance to live out Julie and Julia, only without all the annoying Amy Adams parts. On top of that, I’ll take you to one of the best female chefs currently working in the world, so we can experience her amazing cuisine.

Excited to get started? Great! Then let’s not waste any more time.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
PARISIAN FOOD TOUR
✔️ Authentic Parisian treats
✔️ Expert local guide

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PRIVATE LOUVRE TOUR
✔️ Skip the line
✔️ Best way to see the Louvre

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ALL OTHER PARIS TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
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Morning: Julia Child Food Tour

Julia Child was not French, but she was perhaps the greatest American lover of French food that has ever lived. And she did more than arguably anyone else to bring a love and appreciation of French cuisine to the United States. I’ve been a Julia Child fan since I saw that video of her dropping a bird on the floor and then picking it up because, “Only yoooouu know what goes on in the kitchen.”

That’s why I recommend going on this wonderful food tour of Julia Child’s favorite foods in Paris. And believe me, if Julia Child says that a dish is one of what to eat Paris, you better believe her!

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You don’t need to bring anything on the tour but an empty stomach. Also, it’s very fun to impersonate Julia Child’s voice. I recommend practicing as much as possible before taking the tour.

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The tour begins a little later in the day than I like to start my mornings, so I suggest heading to the Luxembourg Gardens first. It’s close to the start of the tour and you can pass the time by listening to free concerts and finding statues of famous French women.

No, Julia Child isn’t one of the women.

Then, when it’s time for the tour to start, get ready for…

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1) Quiche

The food tour began at Shakespeare and Company, which is the most famous English language bookstore in Paris. It was founded by Sylvia Beach, who published Ulysses and did a lot of other amazing things. But we are not here to talk about James Joyce. We are here to eat!

Julia Child, who spoke plenty of English, used to come here for cookbooks, and it’s still a great resource for English language cookbooks. But it also has a sweet little cafe where we can try a classic French quiche. This slim slice was the perfect start to our tour because we have tons of food ahead of us.

Julia Child might not have eaten at this exact cafe, but she adored traditional French dishes like this, and there are plenty of quiches in her cookbooks. Just be careful about saying, “Give me a quiche,” to random Frenchmen because they might take it the wrong way.

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2) Crepe

Up next is another of Julia Child’s favorite French dishes: the crepe. She was more famous for her sweet crepe dishes like crepe Suzette, but I love savory crepes, especially when they come with melted goat cheese and tomatoes. However, on the tour you can choose between sweet or savory crepes. The sweet ones come with sugar on top.

My favorite thing about the savory crepe is that it gets all nice and crispy with the melted cheese. My second favorite thing is that because crepes are from Brittany, we got to have some Breton cider with our crepe. (It’s only mildly alcoholic.)

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3) Eclair!

This was apparently one of Julia Child’s favorite desserts, and it’s easy to understand why she loved the eclair so. What’s better than puffy pastry filled with sweet cream and then topped with melted chocolate. Very few things.

Eclair actually means a flash of lightning, and I guess the name is appropriate because it does feel like you’re struck with a bolt of deliciousness when you eat these. And don’t worry about the amount of food because you just get half an eclair on the tour. Those three eclairs were shared between the other guests and me; I didn’t get to gobble them all by myself.

Or did I? As Julia would say, “Only yoooou know what goes on during the food tour.”

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4) Eglise of St Germain des Pres

So you can’t just be chomping on food for every moment of a three hour food tour. Your tummy will explode. We stopped at many non-food places in Julia Child’s old neighborhood, but I want to save some of those secrets for when you take the tour yourself.

However, I will share the interior of this beautiful church, where the ceiling looks like the night sky. This neighborhood of St Germain has changed a lot since Julia Child used to hang out here, but this church is one of the places that remains the same.

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4) And they called it macaron

One of the nice things about this food tour is that you can take one of the treats home with you and save it for later. That will help you leave room for the last dish of the tour, which is also one of the richest.

We got our macarons at Laduree, which isn’t exactly off the beaten track. However, the company was founded in the 1860s, which is definitely before Julia Child was born, so it’s nice to try a snack that she could have eaten herself. (Our guide said that Child loved macarons, and who doesn’t?)

You can choose between several flavors, but I picked pistachio because it seems European and classy and green is my favorite color.

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6) Cheese Please!

Our final stop was at a restaurant near the home where Julia Child and her husband Paul used to live. Paul was a diplomat, and this restaurant is a popular hangout spot for diplomats.

Even more important, it is an excellent place to indulge in some French wine and cheese! What a perfect way to start an afternoon in Paris. We tried four different kinds of cheese, from classic Brie to Comte to blue to a mild cheese made by the cousin of the owner of the restaurant.

I wish I had a cousin who made delicious cheese. The best I can do is that one of my cousins is supposedly banned from the state of Hawaii.

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We ended this tour of what to eat Paris outside of Julia’s old home. Our guide left us with one of Julia’s favorite quotes about how people who love food are the best people. I couldn’t agree more!

24 Hour Tip

Those are all the secrets of the tour that I can share with you for now. You’ll have to book the tour for yourself if you want to find out more!

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Afternoon: Centre Pompidou

OK, you can probably look at my photo above and tell that this building is not one of the best things of what to eat Paris. Well, no, but we had a delicious lunch, and we have an amazing dinner ahead of us, so we need to pace ourself.

That’s why we’re spending the rest of our afternoon at the Centre Pompidou, which is arguably the best modern art museum in Paris. (I always use the word arguably before I say anything is the best anything because it’s always true. Like, Gigli is arguably the greatest movie ever made.)

But the Centre Pompidou, which looks like a very cool level of Super Mario Brothers, is not the Gigli of museums. Instead, it’s a great place to appreciate 20th and 21st century artists you might have not discovered otherwise. Allow me to share my favorites with…

Three Fascinating Facts: Centre Pompidou

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1) Who are the most famous artists in the museum?

So glad you asked because there are like a billion. We’ve got Picasso, represented by these cube people dressed up for a costume party.

I like to think that the small polka dot man at the bottom is planning to murder them because all modern art paintings are more exciting if you try to turn them into an Agatha Christie novel.

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We also have Henri Matisse, represented by this portrait of his daughter and her cat.

Fame is such a funny thing because if my dad told me I looked like this painting, I would be terribly insulted, but if my father were Henri Matisse and he painted this portrait of me, I’d be terribly flattered. (My father is not Matisse, nor is he a Fauvist in any way.)

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2) Are there any French artists?

Mais, bien sur, ma cherie! Hoh hoh hoh! Up first, we have Robert Delauney, who was actually born in Paris. This painting, called A Window, shows his Cubist experimentation with shapes, light, and color. Can you tell what famous Parisian monument Delauney was seeing through his “window”?

Looking at this painting makes me want to move to Paris because back in my hometown New York, none of my windows look like this. I just see normal things like piles of trash and my neighbor who thinks the CIA is trying to poison his dog.

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This is the work of another Cubist, Fernand Leger. It’s called Element Mecanique, and I’m not quite sure what machine this could possibly be. I personally would be scared to put my dishes in this thing. Or is it a washing machine? An oven? A machine for making widgets?

I’m just going to stand here naming all the machines I can think of until someone can tell me I’ve guessed the right one.

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3) Is there any REALLY modern art in the museum?

I believe the word you’re looking for is contemporary art, and yes there is! In fact, the painting above is by Rudolf Stingel, and it’s from 2007, so we have our first example of 21st century art in the museum.

Contemporary art can literally be anything. It can be a giant mushroom.

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It would be so cool to come to the Pompidou high as a kite, see this and freak out. (But I’m not advocating shroom use, Internet Stranger. I’m not even sure how to do shrooms. Do you eat them or do you snort them?)

Contemporary art can also be a whole bunch of bottles filled with bodily fluids.

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Don’t open these bottles because not even one of them contains a genie.

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Evening: Dinner at yam’Tcha

I’ve wanted to eat at yam’Tcha ever since I saw the head chef, Adeline Grattard, on Chef’s Table. It’s too rare to find a female chef with a Michelin-starred restaurant, and so I wanted to support her, for feminism. Also, her Chinese-French fusion cuisine is amazing. I saw many French and Chinese people at the restaurant when I was there, and all were enjoying their meal.

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Up first, a little twist on the amuse bouche. These are a delicate rich cracker and a savory sesame toast.

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I’ve been to many Japanese fine dining restaurants, and their meals usually begin with a selection of small savory dishes, like this custard that looks like a sunset, and two seasonal salads.

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Speaking of seasonal, one of my favorite dishes was this tuna and tomato salad with quail eggs. It was like the world’s coolest Salade Nicoise.

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Up next was this soup course that looked and tasted like a warm garden in a bowl. Quite possibly a secret garden. This cleanses the palate a bit to get you ready for the two main courses.

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I loved the sweetbreads with spring vegetables because sweetbreads are so rich that you want something light and crunchy like the peas for contrast.

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And if the sweetbreads weren’t decadent enough, just feast your eyes on this succulent lamb. If you look at all my photos of my dinner, I think you’ll see that there appears to be a color scheme, and I’m impressed at how they managed to pull it off.

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One thing I love about yam’Tcha is that it’s a Michelin-starred restaurant that’s famous for its stuffed buns. You even get two per meal! The first is a savory meat bun.

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We do have a sweet bun coming up, but it would be weird to eat two buns back to back. Buns should be spaced out a bit, as my grandmother always used to say. So we have a course of summer fruits to break up the buns. (Again–the colors!!!)

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And we finish the night with a sweet sesame bun. (Don’t eat the towel.)

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Where to Stay?

Paris, you may have heard, is a rather popular city for tourists. That means you’ll never be starved for choices for where to stay during your day of what to eat Paris. The important thing is to pick the right neighborhood. In Paris, they don’t always say neighborhood, they might say arrondissement.

And my favorite arrondissement to stay in is the 14th. Most of the Montparnasse neighborhood is in the 14th, so there’s always tons of people around. That way I feel safe as a solo traveler. The last time I was in Paris, I stayed at the Hotel du Lion. The rooms were small, but clean, the breakfast was very good and filling, and the price was amazing.

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And if you want to explore great deals on tons of other hotels in Paris, just click here. This search engine will help you find the perfect place to stay during your day of what to eat Paris. With plenty of options to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find something for your schedule and budget.

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That’s a day of what to eat Paris

What would you do on a day of what to eat Paris? Are you ready to start booking your hotel in Paris right now? Email me at stellajane@aroundtheworldin24hours.com and let me know!

Stella’s Top 3 Picks: What to Eat Paris

#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
PARISIAN FOOD TOUR
✔️ Authentic Parisian treats
✔️ Expert local guide

#2 PICK

Best What to Eat Paris 2024 3

PRIVATE LOUVRE TOUR
✔️ Skip the line
✔️ Best way to see the Louvre

#3 PICK

Best What to Eat Paris 2024 4

ALL OTHER PARIS TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
✔️ Get the best deals

Note: If you want to know how I put my travel itineraries together, just click here. Keep in mind that while each article is about how to spend 24 hours in a place, that doesn’t mean you should ONLY spend 24 hours with the best of what to eat Paris.

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