Paris for foodies

Paris is the Mecca of gastronomy. All the same, it doesn’t always have to be fine dining by candle-light in the city of love and lights. Innumerable passionately enthusiastic craftsmen make a wide variety of delicious traditional products. There are masses of brasseries offering simple menus, a laid back atmosphere and attractive terraces, all serving tasty dishes. We dropped into a number of places many a foodie would be delighted with. We certainly were. 🙂

Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie

Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie history goes back to the 19th century.  A “Club des Gastronomes” regularly assembled to discuss the best recipes and products of French gastronomy. Following the lead of those “foodies avant la lettre” Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie offers a selection of high quality produce to professionals, steady customers – and curious passers-by.


For years this establishment has been a safe bet in the neighbourhood of Les Halles in Paris. Its speciality is duck liver, which they do in a number of ways. Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie is also well known for its top class charcuterie and cheese, caviar, salmon, wine, and champagne. You can buy these things in the shop and take them home, or you can have them prepared for you, to enjoy them on the way. Or perhaps you’d rather tuck in on the spot? Great! The restaurant serves the same deliciousitems for a very reasonable price in a typically Paris cosy corner. We put it to the test with a board full of cheese and one of charcuterie. All readied with the utmost care and served with a smile. Reason enough to work in a stop-off at Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie.

Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie, 34 Rue Montmartre, 75001 Parijs | +33 1 42 33 31 32 | | Facebook

L’éclair de Génie

The man behind the concept of L’éclair de Génie is the pastry-chef Christophe Adam. His is a creative brain, but with a feel for aesthetics and tastefulness.


There’s no doubt about that, because here you find unique éclairs of the most unusual types and in the funkiest colours. Unlike the classic variety, these éclairs aren’t just filled with buttercream, but have fillings in the same flavours as the icing. Although they look highly attractive we gave the fruity ones – with lemon-yuzu for example, or strawberry, or passion fruit a miss. Instead we chose the salted butter caramel one, and the dark chocolate one. Delicious…!


La Fabrique, 32 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris | | 01 84 79 23 40 | | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

Canard & Champagne – The French Paradox

In spite of their fatty diet, the French suffer less from heart and vascular disease  than, for example, their Anglo-Saxon neighbours. They call that “The French Paradox” here. They reckon the mystery must have something to do with their consumption of red meat and wine – for preference, duck and champagne. And that’s a good enough idea for starting a restaurant like this! We thought it was a great idea too so the obvious thing to do was go and try it. Menu: different varieties of duck, with appropriate champagnes. All in a nice interior in an unusual spot in Paris. It’s with a few other restaurants in a historic covered passage  full of shops selling old postage stamps.


Canard & Champagne – The French Paradox, 57 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris | +33 (0)9 81 83 95 69 | | Facebook | Instagram

Le Tokyo Eat

Up for a dose of Culture, with a capital C? Get yourself to the Palais de Tokyo. After we’d had our brains fed on artworks, our cultural hunger was satisfied. But of course our stomachs were still rumbling. A bit of luck then that there’s Le Tokyo Eat, where you’ve got a lovely view of the Eifel Tower from the terrace while tucking in. Of course that comes with funky dishes and delicious drinks. Nothing super-fancy; in fact it’s more “arty”. The atmosphere’s relaxed, the food’s good; the concept works. We lighted on the “Girls Only” cocktail and tuna carpaccio with aubergine purée and sour cream.


Le Tokyo Eat, Palais de Tokyo, 13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Parijs | + 33 1 47 20 00 29 | Website | Facebook


Right in the middle of the tourist heart of Paris, near the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre you’ll find Angelina. It’s been going since 1903 and is still doing a booming business. It’s obligatory for everyone who loves tradition, aged splendour and exuberant luxurious cakes and sweetmeats. As well as traditional signature dishes, there’s a whole list of season’s specialities. The specials change every six months and something new appears. You enjoy the cakes on site in a traditional tea room, although you can take them away too. The boutique has tea, pastries, pralines and special concoctions based on chestnuts.


The two real specialities of the house are its hot cocoa and Mont-Blanc tart. We decided to try one classic and one special. The Mont-Blanc consists of meringue, whipped cream and chestnut paste. The Sisi-tartlet is made of a macaroon, light vanilla crème, raspberry heart, white chocolate petals and redcurrants. We had an espresso with that, pricy but very good; and Mont-Blanc tea. The tea was a blend of different varieties of black tea, with a biscuit-ey aroma with hints of marron glacé, caramel, orange blossom and apricot marmalade.


Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Parijs | +33 1 42 60 82 00 | | Facebook | Instagram

Les Chouettes

In the middle of the Marais area of Paris is Les Chouettes. It’s a cosy brasserie with a beautiful interior, funky cocktails and good tasty food. We’ve written a separate article about this restaurant which you can read here.


Les Chouettes, 32 Rue de Picardie, 75003 Parijs, Frankrijk | +33 1 44 61 73 21 | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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