Typical food of Paris, France
Refined flavors and delicate textures with intense colors that delight your palate, that is how we can describe the cuisine of this beautiful city
Gastronomy is synonymous of art in this destination, and its dishes are prepared with such delicacy, that they cannot be compared with any other place. Such is the variety and culinary wealth of Paris, an exquisite tradition almost impossible to resist. The entreé is usually lighter than in other destinations and it generally consist of fresh salads, pate, and soups. The main plat, also called plat de résistance or main course, is based on meat or fish can be served with rice, pasta, or vegetables. Among the main dishes of Paris, you can find the classical Soupe a L'Oignon or onion soup, which is prepared with butter and cheese; and the exquisite stuffed omelets, stuffed with mushrooms, ham, cheese, and other ingredients.
Another exquisite specialty of the City of Light is the popular canard a l'orange, duck with orange, which is roasted and simmered; Coq au vin, which is prepared with chicken and vegetables seasoned with wine and fine spices; escargots, delicious snails seasoned with garlic, butter, and parsley; and Foie de canard, exquisite duck pate prepared to taste. Then, there is the Quenelle, which is a paste mixed with flour, milk, and eggs, served with beef or poultry with bechamel or tomato sauce; and the famous Ratatouille, mixed vegetables including tomatoes, garlic, peppers, onions, zucchini, and fried eggplant in olive oil, all seasoned with herbs as thyme and rosemary. This dish can be served alone with rice or as a side dish to any main course based on fish or meat.
It is also very common to order a cheese table with a fine selection, including camembert, brie, roquefort, Boursin, and vieux boulogne, after the main dish and before dessert, accompanied by a glass of red wine. The dessert can be just fruit or yogurt.
It is common to drink coffee, Armagnac, Cognac, or fruit hard liquour, although, it is also common to have beer as a traditional Parisian digestive drink. To accompany any of the traditional dishes, it is traditional to enjoy a good glass of wine, whose color depends on the dish you will taste, including the famous champagne.
For dessert we can mention pain et confiture, which is made with baguettes or half buns with jam and butter, although they are more consumed for breakfast. Also, you should try the petits fours, which are small cakes as meringues and delicious donuts.
To enjoy typical delicious dishes we recommend the Procope, one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in the city and most frequented by great artists and intellectuals; Les Deux Magots, where you can enjoy delicious salads, sandwiches, and dishes based on salmon, with an extensive wine menu. Among the finest restaurants are Le Pré Catelan, Épicure, L'Ambroisie, and L'Astrance. Paris is one of the cities with the highest number of restaurants with Michelin stars.
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Coq au vin Exquisite dish made of chicken and vegetables seasoned with wine and fine spices.
Duck a l'orange
Duck a l'orange
Typical dish made with duck, simmered, and covered in a delicated orange sauce.
Delicious vegetable mixture seasoned and fried with olive oil and herbs.
Dish made of onion with butter and grated cheese served with crispy slices of bread.
Cheese and wine
Cheese and wine
Exquisite selection of cheeses that can be accompanied with red wine, a tradition that is never missing in Paris.