To truly experience Paris as a local, you need to understand and embrace its food culture.
Parisians take great care in sourcing the best and freshest ingredients and produce they can find. Typically, items are purchased in small meal-size portions, daily. And the city is set-up for it.
Depending on which part of Paris you’re in – which arrondissement – you’ll inevitably find a pop-up market that takes over the main thoroughfare at least once a week. These are the original farmer’s markets where you can buy almost any type of fresh food you can think of.
And then there are the permanent ‘food streets’. They are scattered all over the city and attract epicureans from everywhere on a daily basis.
Here we reveal the top three most loved by locals.
Rue Cler (7th Arrondissement)
The cobblestones of Rue Cler only add to the magic as you peruse the stalls and windows or occupy a kerbside cafe seat to take it all in. Brimming with top notch seafood, cheeses, wines, produce, chocolates and more, it’s impossible to leave empty-handed.
If you plan on visiting, the closest Metro stop to Rue Cler is Ecole Militaire.
Of the many sensual treats you’ll discover, you must drop by Davoli - La Maison du Jambon. Funnily enough this ‘house of ham’ is an Italian-owned delicatessen but something of a Parisian institution selling signature homemade dishes and fresh cuts that have to be tasted to be believed.
The same could be said for Creperie Ulysee en Gaule. If crepes are your guilty pleasure, be prepared to feel very, very guilty.
And very few cheese shops in France would have the audacity to call themselves singularly, Fromagerie. But Fromagerie does just that. An amazing selection of France’s finest dairy products lies within. Psssst, make sure you try the Epoisse.
Another tip, if you plan to visit Rue Cler on a Monday, perhaps think again as there may be quite a number of stores closed but Sundays are generally fine before mid-afternoon. That goes for most food streets in Paris.
Rue Mouffetard (5th Arrondissement)
This is the quintessential, local’s street - a gently descending narrow thoroughfare where the air is filled with the smells of hundreds of competing delicacies.
The closest Metro stops to here are Cardinal-Lemoine and Censier-Daubenton.
It can be busy - even busier at night - but well worth a visit to immerse yourself in the way everyday Parisians go about their business and the ritual of discovering fresh food, hand-selected.
The district surrounding Rue Mouffetard is what you might call ‘arty’ so it’s easy to while away many hours exploring the eclectic world around you.
Another local favourite here is again a fromagerie, The House of Androuet, at number 134.
Rue Montorgueil (2nd Arrondissement)
In the heart of the city, Rue Montorgueil is among the more trendy food locales with cute bistros and cafes flanking a wonderful array of boulangeries, patisseries and providores.
It is also one of the city’s oldest market districts.
It follows therefore you will find some of the oldest established food outlets in Paris and Patisserie Stohrer is one of them dating back to the 1730s.
It’s expensive but your tastebuds won’t complain if you indulge just a wee bit.
This area is also notable for its seafood so make sure to sample what all the fuss is about by dropping in to Rocher de Cancale to sample the oysters for lunch. The locals have been doing it for 150 years!
Published under license from Well Travelled.