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Paris City Guide: The Best Eats & Drinks

{sweetest moment: nibbling a crepe under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower}

I’ve been lucky enough to live in Paris {I miss it intensely during this gloomy mid-January} and being a part of the city allowed me to see so many beautiful sights and to enjoy the most delicious foods. Besides the sheer beauty of the city, Paris is obviously known for its excellent foods. I have my favorite places that I return to again and again for the excellent taste, quality and ambiance, including the best éclairs in Paris. Here are my top spots that are musts for your trip to this incredible city.

Where: Pierre Hermé {72 rue Bonaparte}

What: Dessert

Why: The greatest macarons you will ever eat, the macarons are truly a work of art in flavor and presentation, the location rue Bonaparte is kitty-corner to Saint Sulpice which has the prettiest fountain and is the perfect view to enjoy while nibbling on these decadent macarons.

Where: Verjus {52 Rue de Richelieu}

What: Lunch, dinner, wine

Why: By far my favorite restaurant, every bite of food is incredible, the creators are Americans who use French ingredients combined with American-style food concepts to create unbelievable dishes, the wine pairings are like no other I’ve ever tasted, gorgeous settings in the wine bar and dining room, the lunch/wine bar foods are so incredible you will want everything on the menu, dinner is an indulgent decadent tasting course, seriously I gush because it’s that worth it, if you don’t go anywhere else GO to Verjus.

Where: Carrette {25 Place des Vosges}

What: Late afternoon lunch

Why: Soup L’oignon overflowing with cheese and bread, Quiche Lorraine, hot chocolate in delicate teacups, decadent desserts, outdoor seating in bistro chairs with overhead heated lamps, an exquisite domed ceiling walkway and a view of the Place des Vosges park

Where: Miss Manon {87 Rue Saint-Antoine}

What: Goûter {snack}

Why: Baguettes and sandwiches, pain au chocolat {they are very generous with the chocolate}, located in the trendy Marais and loved by the locals, quick walk to Place De Vosges to eat under the shaded box trees.

Where: L’As du Fallafel {34 Rue des Rosiers}

What: Lunch, dinner, anytime {must go}

Why: Best falafel you will ever have, long lines that worth the wait, lively quartier filled with tiny shops, walk 5 minutes away {right on Rue des Rosiers and left on Rue Pavee} to the teeny but sweet Square Léopold Achille park where you can eat in a picturesque spot under a tree

Where: Ladurée {75 Champs-Élysées}

What: Brunch or High Tea

Why: Macarons, French toast, hot chocolate, delicate dishes, beautiful tea room, vanilla tea

Where: Amorino {multiple locations throughout Paris}

What: Dessert

Why: Best gelato, unique and delicious flavors like speculoos and stracciatella, cones are presented in a flower shape

Where: Cantine California {Place du Marché Saint-Honoré}

What: Lunch

Why: A food truck in Paris, little taste of the US of A {but better} organic burgers, tacos, fries and frijoles, minutes from the Tuileries Garden for a pretty garden view while eating

Where: Angelina {226 Rue de Rivoli}

What: Tea

Why: the best hot chocolate in Paris {Le chocolat chaud l’Africain is so thick it is served with a carafe of cold water}, tasty pastries {St.Honore is my fave}, and a beautiful tearoom

Where: Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris {31 Avenue George V}

What: Late night drinks

Why: Decadent drinks {the Sakura champagne cocktail is my fave}, beautiful setting; Louis XIV style sofas and chairs, tapestries and candles, with a pianist playing in the background, unlimited nuts and olives with the drinks {nuts are crazy expensive in Paris so this is a nice little extra treat}

Do you have any favorite spots in Paris? Any must-tries at the top of your list?

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