How To Eat Like A Local in Paris

By Nikki Marsden

There are two types of people in the world: those who eat to live, and those who live to eat. People who fall under the second category likely plan their entire day around meals, will never answer no to the question “are you hungry?” and are somewhat of a self-proclaimed food critic. If this sounds like you, the next place on your travel bucket list should be Paris.

Sure, Paris has a lot of touristy things like the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral, but don’t forget you do have to eat sometime between shopping at Champs-Élysées and climbing the Eiffel Tower.

Like any big city, Paris is home to a vibrant mix of cuisine, so don’t feel like you have to eat strictly French food to get the true Parisian gastro experience. There are a few things you can to do to eat more like a local in Paris.

Find somewhere around a popular landmark… and then walk in the opposite direction.


Paris knows it is one of the most visited cities in the world, and it knows exactly where its tourists are going to be. There are plenty of restaurants planted in the hot spots, and they are all just as delicious and authentic as the next, but you will likely be dining solely with other tourists. Take the road a few blocks in the opposite direction and enjoy a more local experience. You might even get lucky enough to enjoy the meal with the chef or restaurant owner themselves.  



I mean, who doesn’t love a good brunch? Sometimes I think America took brunch from the French. Crepes, quiche, omelets, croque madames — without any one of these French dishes, is it really a brunch? Paris also offers brunch every day of the week, and there is no such thing as too much of a good thing.

Order a burger

This is probably one of the last tips you expected to be on a Paris food guide, but burgers are trending in Paris. We’re not talking about the American-style burgers you expect to get at a southern burger joint. While some of them might be topped with bacon, Paris burgers focus on gourmet simplicity and stick to classic French-style cuisine and flavors.

Never get the same thing twice

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You know your food is good when the salad rivals the steak. Sure, the French might be known for a particular dish or two, but they have mastered the art of food across all spectrums. I’m not saying you can’t pick a favorite dish and get it one last time before you leave, but you would be doing yourself a disservice in not trying one of everything on the menu.

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