What I Ate and Drank in Paris

France is famous for its fashion, art, beauty… and of course, its food. So where better to try their delicious cuisine other than in Paris! Here’s what I ate and drank for the four days I was there – as well as some tips on how to save some euros! A lot of the food and drink we know and love are in fact French. Croissants… pain au chocolat… baguettes… macarons… chardonnay… they’re even known to love a snail and the odd frog leg. And while I wasn’t that adventurous, I did eat amazingly well while in Paris. So here’s a breakdown of the gorgeous meals I ate and the beautiful drinks I sipped. BREAKFAST:  Breakfast was my favourite meal of the day in Paris. The French tend not to eat meat and eggs for breakfast, unlike us Brits. Instead, they opt for a more sweeter option, or one filled with some sort of bread or pastry. Every day I chose a delicious pastry. My favourite? Oh, it had to be the croissant. Flaky, buttery and absolutely huge, I could have had ten all in one sitting. Unlike ones I’ve had before, these have much more substance and pastry inside. It’s the only thing I ever want to eat for breakfast from now on. The price you have to pay? Not that much. From independent patisseries, they’re touching €2 each, and from the supermarkets they’re about 99 cent. Obviously, the ones from the independent stores are much bigger and tastier, but if you’re on a budget, the ones from local supermarkets are just as fresh. A lot of places do a deal on breakfasts too. I saw a lot of ‘buy a pastry, get an espresso for €2’. That was what I chose for most of my breakfasts, but as I’m not a fan of the espresso, I did opt for a latte wherever I could find somewhere that did them. And if you like to stick to the chains, you’ll literally find a Starbucks and McDonalds on every corner. You cannot go wrong when it comes to breakfast in France! LUNCH: When you’re busy exploring Paris, lunch can seem hard to fit in. But with delicious baked breads, desserts, meat and cheese on every corner, it’s just so hard to resist.  With a limited budget, lunch was normally the cheapest meal of the day. On the first day, we had an amazing picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. We went to a supermarket near by and bought some baguettes. I chose the lettuce, Emmental cheese, lettuce and mayonnaise option. And for dessert, we had the most gorgeous boxed macaroons from a local patisserie – which cost €9.50! A hefty sum, but worth every euro. To try something different, we went to a place called Artisan Burger. A great mix of fast food and a sit down restaurant. All the burgers were named after Paris attractions. I chose the Champs Elysees, a beef burger with lettuce, tomato, and burger sauce. It was delicious, and the chips were chunky and slightly curved at the end. The tomato sauce also came in a small jar, and the burger was pre-cut. Parisians have thought of everything! DINNER When it came to dinner, we didn’t hold back. I wanted to try as many French dishes as possible. So when we went out for dinner, I chose the beef bourguignon and the French onion soup – I didn’t have the guts to choose snail or frogs legs unfortunately. The beef bourguignon was hands down by favourite, and the background of the Eiffel Tower just made it that much better. The beef was succulent, the potatoes were delicious and the bread that came on the side was warm and so nice. And the French onion soup I had on the following night in Monmarte had the most generous topping of grilled cheese – my mouth is watering just writing about it. Of course, the closer you are to the main attractions, the more expsenive the meals are going to get. So perhaps eating before or after you go and look at the main sites, in order to save some money. DESSERTS, DRINKS & SIDES Apart from the macaroons, I wanted to try some choux pastry as it’s my favourite. We stopped at a small patisserie in Rue Dil Nil, which did cute little pastry’s with a filling of your choice. I tried the vanilla, and they were so nice, I wish I could have taken them back with me! And after our meal in Monmarte, we did try some crepes with Nutella too. It was all sugar, sugar, sugar in France! Not complaining, of course. With the drinks, I normally chose water to take around – but by night, I opted for wine to go with my meal. I liked the souveign blanc but we occasionally had red as it was cheaper. What I also noticed in France is they came and gave you a little bowl of nuts, but when we were in the crepe house (we didn’t realise until we left) we were brought some little savoury crepes. They were filled with melted cheese and garlic, with a crispy coating. So nice. So that was pretty much all the gorgeous food and drink I ate in Paris. It’s all fairly expensive, but if you use your euros wisely and perhaps not eat next to the main attractions you can’t go wrong! Have you been to Paris? What’s your favourite French food? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to know! Emma Stoker