7 Ways to Dine in Paris ...

By Neecey

7 Ways to Dine in Paris ...

Paris is the City of Light, the City of Romance, the City of Love, but it is also one of the great food cities, and there are plenty of ways to dine in Paris to ensure you get a true flavor of what makes French food so very French and delectable. Food is part of the soul of France and as its capital, Paris spearheads the cuisine which so often leads the trends in the food world. Whether you want classic cuisine or ultra modern fare, the ways to dine in Paris will never leave you dissatisfied.

1 Picnic

One of the easiest ways to dine in Paris is the DIY option. Shopping for the ingredients for a picnic is a fun experience, as is deciding the perfect spot to tuck in. Trawl the street market stalls, boulangeries, fromageries and patisseries tucked away in back streets or buy ready-mades from deli counters in large stores to find exceptional artisan cheeses, bread and cooked meats and the most darling of delectable pastries. I highly recommend Rue Mouffetard for quality of ingredients and atmosphere. Once stocked up, it’s just a case of deciding where to cop a squat for your feast.

2 Cruise and Dine

A cruise on one of the Seine’s bateaux mouches is one of the most pleasant ways to see the sights of Paris. Combine it with lunch and dinner for the perfect sightseeing/food experiences. Sit at a table that offers the best views from the river as violins and pianos play softly in the background and you devour a delicious multi-course meal.

3 Food Tour

Going it alone and making your own choices about where to eat and what to buy is great fun, but the sheer volume of shops and outlets and stalls and foods available can be very overwhelming. If you want to dig into the real foodie scene, one of the most informative ways to eat out in Paris is to go on a food tour. They never claim to show you the best, but a tour will open up places and foods you may never have considered or even known about. A soupҫon of hand-made goat cheese there, and a morsel of jambon de Bosses here and a crunch of maccaron and you’re all set.

4 Fine Dining

If your vacation budget can stretch to it, a meal in one of the city’s Michelin Star restaurants is a major treat. France itself leads the world in the total number of Michelin Star restaurants with 594. Interestingly, Japan has more 3-Star restaurants (but only 317 in total) but you’ll find a huge selection in Paris. The capital lays claim to 79 restaurants that have been awarded Michelin Stars, with 10 of them achieving the coveted 3 stars. Choose from a trendy one-star bistro on the Left Bank or a fine 3-star hotel restaurant.

5 Cooking Classes

Whatever your favorite way to enjoy French food, there are cooking classes in Paris to help you learn or master the art. From workshops in uber-trendy molecular gastronomy to chocolate making classes to cordon bleu cooking lessons, you can find your inner Julia Child and be whipping up your own delectable creations in no time.

6 Wine Tasting

Although food isn’t the main focus, it is rare that wine tasting sessions do not include eating. You don’t have to visit a vineyard to try some great wines and get a lesson in how to pair them with food, and this is one of the ways to dine in Paris that is as educational as it is fun. From atmospheric antique cellars to pristine Michelin Star restaurants, there are many options to sip wonderful wines and munch on tasty food.

7 At Home

There’s nothing quite like home cooking to get a true taste of a cuisine. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a family or friends you can stay with when in Paris because you can still experience great French food cooked in a French home – that’s as authentic as it comes! In a version of the supper club idea, there are organizations who present the opportunity to dine in Parisian homes – one such being Voulez Vous Diner.

The ways to eat out in Paris really should have you getting under the skin of French cuisine. Don’t be afraid to strike out and try as many options as you can. Are you a French foodie? What are your favorite ways of experiencing a different cuisine?

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