Coq au vin
Exquisite dish made of chicken and vegetables seasoned with wine and fine spices.
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
Exquisite selection of cheeses that can be accompanied with red wine, a tradition that is never missing in Paris.
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.
- If you are planning to visit an elegant restaurant, we suggest packing adequate clothing.
- Winters are very cold. We recommend verifying if your hotel has heating.
The weather in Paris, France
Paris has a temperate climate with rainfall spread throughout the year and mild temperatures
What to bring by season
Spring (March to May): springs in Paris bring warm days and cool nights with a very unstable climate. By May, the temperatures have reached an average high of 19 ºC (66 °F) with lows 11 ºC (51 °F).
Summer (June to August): summer days in Paris have average high temperatures ranging between 22 and 25 °C (71 and 77 °F), with lows between 13 and 15 °C (55 and 59 °F). There are days when high temperatures exceed 30 ºC (86 °F).
Fall (September to November): Paris has falls with mild days and cold nights, but the weather can change at any time, becoming colder or warmer. By November, the average high temperature drops to 10 ºC (50 °F) and the lowest drops to 5 °C (41 °F).
Winter (December to February): January and February are the coldest months in Paris. Winters have very cold and not very sunny days with night frosts and light snowfalls that may or not accumulate. The average high temperature is 7 °C (44 °F) with lows of 3 °C (37 °F).
During summer we recommend bringing comfortable and light clothing and shoes, sunscreen, a hat or a cap, and sunglasses. For spring and fall, add warm clothes, such as sweaters and jackets for the nights and mornings. During winter, you should pack winter clothing, such as a sweater, a thick sweater, a coat and even gloves and a scarf. Remember to bring your umbrella or a rain coat in case of rainfall.
The city of Paris, known as the City of Light, is the capital of France and of the region of Ile de France, located north of the country, along the River Seine. In its center there are two islands representing the oldest parts: Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. It is the fifth largest city in the European continent and one of the most important economic centers of Europe. Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world and probably the city with the highest expectations generated to its visitors.
From the early 19th century until the late 1960, this city was the artistic center of the world. Paris has the most number of works of art, highlighting La Joconde. Additionally, the banks of the Seine were declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991.
Gothic architecture was born in Paris, being the Basilica of St Denis the first building featuring this style. Explore the avenues and alleys of the city, and don't miss the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Pont de l'Alma, Pont Neuf, Odeon Theater, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre.
Some of the most popular old parks are Tuileries Garden, created in the 16th century, Luxembourg Gardens, and Jardin des Plantes botanical garden. Bois de Boulogne park and Vincennes Forest, product of the second empire, offer 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of greenery.
Paris features theme parks such as Disneyland Resort Paris and Parc Astérix. The City of Light is a city of museums, being essential The Louvre, the Petit Palais museum, Musée d'Orsay, L'Orangerie Cultural Center, Musée Marmottan Monet, as well as the Decorative Arts Museum and the Museum of Advertising.
You can also find Centre Georges Pompidou, the Palace of Tokyo, and the ethnographic museums of Guimet Museum, Quai Branly Museum, and the Museum of Man. The museums of Picasso, Rodin, Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Edith Piaf are dedicated completely to these artists. Paris also has the Army Museum, the Museum of Marine, Montmartre, and the Montparnasse museums.
Discover more of this romantic city by visiting the National Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Henri Langlois - Cinema Museum, and the Museum of French Monuments. Madeleine Square, Avenue des Champs-Elysees and Avenue Montaigne are ideal places for shopping. If you like antiques, the perfect place is Antiquities of the Louvre in the Royal Palace Square.
When visiting Paris, you can witness the Fête de la Fédération on the 13 and 14 of June; the Cultural Rentrée during the month of September, where there are exhibitions, concerts, shows, fairs, and festivals for all ages; and Easter, April 20 and 21, with fun activities and workshops. From the mid-July to the mid-August you can enjoy sun and sand in Georges-Pompidou Street and Bassin de la Villette. Christmas festivities bring shows, concerts, and outdoor ice skating, among many other activities, and from March to May you can hear jazz in all its forms.
***The official currency of Paris is the Euro (EUR).