19. Don’t tip at restaurants and don’t split the bill. Both are considered rude to the chefs and the wait staff. It’s also considered rude to take pictures of your meal at fine dining restaurants. There’s a lot of pride surrounding Parisian food, and taking a picture of your dish is seen as disrespectful – and a way for other chefs to emulate the work.
20. A general piece of advice: always make reservations for dinner in Paris. The city is filled with food enthusiasts and fellow travelers from around the world, as well as hungry locals, so popular restaurants fill up quickly. Call ahead to reserve a table, otherwise you probably won’t even see the hostess stand.
21. Wine and cheese. They’re arguably the two foods France is most famous for, so you can’t come to Paris and not sample them. Anna Brones, Paris-based author and founder of Foodie Underground, recommends Café de la Nouville Mairie on Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques and the Le Garde Robe on Rue de l’Arbe Sec in the Fifth and First Arrondissements. Café de la Nouville Mairie is the quintessential Parisian café. It has a charming terrace, live jazz music, and an extensive list of wines. Le Garde Robe also boasts a long list of wines, as well as meats and cheeses from all around France to complement your glass.
22. For something focusing more on classic French cuisine, rather than Parisian cuisine, Brones suggests visiting master crèpe maker Alain at Les Marché des Enfants Rouges in the Third Arrondissement. He makes socca, which is a chickpea flour crèpe that’s classic street food from Nice.
23. The blog goodcoffeeinparis.com is filled with café recommendations for all over the city. Café Lomi on Rue Marcadet in the Eighth Arrondissement is one of the major names in Paris coffee. They roast their beans on site, and their food is divine as well. And bonus: they have a strong WiFi connection, so you can take a moment to check in with your family back home.
24. Soufflés are an often-overlooked pinnacle of French cuisine, but La Cigale Récamier on Rue Récamier in the Sixth Arrondissement has mastered the art of the airy dish. Whether you’re looking for a savory dinner soufflé or a sweet dessert one, they’ll have something delicious to suit your tastes.
25. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon: This fine dining restaurant on Rue Montalembert from one of the world’s finest chefs capitalizes on what’s amazing about the Paris food scene: the abundance of fresh ingredients and innovation. Considered near the top of Paris’s highly competitive food scene, this is a place to check out. Just make sure to make a reservation.
26. Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos is great for lunch. Located on Avenue Bugeaud, this restaurant offers a good variety on their lunch menu, at a reasonable price. And wine is included, which is always a bonus.
27. Le Camion Qui Fume: Paris’s first food truck! If you find yourself craving an American style burger and fries, this is the place to go. It is the first of its kind though, so there will be a line.
28. If you’re looking for something sweet, try Berthillon on Ile de Saint Louis near Notre Dame. Widely regarded as the best ice cream place in Paris, this is a great place to stop and have a refreshing afternoon treat as you explore the city. The Caramel au Beurre Sale (Salted Caramel) is a fan favorite, but they have lots of different flavors from which to choose.
29. To get a taste of the iconic French macaron, head to Ladurée. With a 150 year legacy in the baking business, the chefs at Ladurée know what they’re doing when it comes to pastries. If you’re a fan of caramel, try the caramel macaron. They’re one of the only bakeries in Paris to use real caramel. And remember: it’s NOT pronounced “macaroon.”
30. The area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the Sixth Arrondissement has at least 15 world-class chocolatiers. Hop from shop to shop and try ganaches, truffles, bon bons, pralines and more. All of them are good enough to satisfy a sweet tooth for weeks.
31. Also in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, La Dernière Goutte hosts a wine tasting every Saturday from 11:30 in the morning until they close at night. Boasting a wide selection of wines hand-picked from independent producers throughout France, this is a great way to experience the variety of French wines.