Asian food cravings

By | Fooding in Paris, Traveling tips

Although France is pretty far away from this part of the world, Parisians are lucky to have this diversity of exotic food coming from Vietnam, Japan, Korea and of course China. We know that there are so many different styles of cuisine coming from each of these countries but we tried to select our favorite places for price and quality rather than for originality.

Just in case you are staying in Paris long enough to get tired of our cheeses and bread, here is a list of our favorite asian eateries:

  • Pho 14, 129 avenue de Choisy, 75013

If you like Vietnamese noodle soups, bo buns and spring rolls, these guys are probably the most efficient for table service and food quality. Definitely a locals spot.

  • Sushi-B Paris, 5 rue Rameau, 75002

Parisians love sushi so much, you can find sushi places at every corner but they are prepare by Chinese families who should just serve their own regional food rather than these bad sushis.

Sushi B is different, and offers the real sushi experience, just like in Tokyo. If you are in the area, walk around Opera Garnier and rue de St Anne for more Ramen and Gyoza experiences.

  • Shan Gout, 22 rue Hector Malot, 75012

Chinese gastronomie, cooked by the owner himself. He uses organic products, no glutamate and serves his cuisine like a real chef. Try the peanut sauce noodle and the duck, also the shrimps are wonderful.

  • Bon Ga, 6 rue Montgallet, 75012

Korean Barbecues and bimbimap place, good for families and big groups but make a booking through La Fourchette website, you might even get a 30% discount!

 

If you are looking for cheap street food, go to Belleville metro station and get a banh mi sandwich on Louis Bonnet or walk up Belleville Street and get a Bao, a Chinese meat or veggie bun from one of the eatery on the right side of the street. Best dumpling place is Guo Xin, and of course Lao Siam for a mix of Asian food, surrounded by hipsters drinking natural wine.

 

Photo is from Bar a Momo Tibetan restaurant, 218 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75012

Best Coffee Shops in Paris

By | Fooding in Paris, Paris with Locals

Paris coffee culture has been stuck in the brasseries and tabac cafés for too long, we needed our proper coffee shops as they are in the US or in Australia but please, no Starbucks or any kind of chains. We have enough of these thank you very much.

People often have the fantasy of drinking coffee on a terrasse, people watching and smoking a cigaret for those crazy ones that still don’t know it’s killing them slowly.

These places are alright if you don’t mind the sound of the traffic, people begging for money or just stealing your phone or bag. That’s not even mentioning the taste of the coffee, which can only be with added water or added milk and cost you from 1€ to 5€ in the most touristy areas.

If you are looking for a proper coffee shop, with nice music, nice decoration, friendly staff and of course, good coffee and sometimes great food, here is our selection, to be refreshed every year as they keep popping out like craft beer places these days:

  • Good News Coffee shop,  located in the Eiffel Tower area, this new joint just opened in 2017, by a cool Australian expat who loves vegemite toasts and of course great coffee. The food is served daily, prepared with fresh ingredients, and the chef probably bakes the best cakes in the whole city. Just saying.
  • KB Roasters South Pigalle   If you are staying near Montmtartre, it’s probably the best option you have for breaky, coffee, lunch and vibes.
  • Comets Café & Disques sells good coffee and even records so if you like both you will probably like this place. Near Père Lachaise cemetery.
  • Passager  is one of the newest and it has a great decoration, also very close to lots of bars, like Le Motel, and pretty randomly the best Hammam and Sauna of Paris. Near Bastille.
  • Le Peloton café is nice a small, so if you don’t mind sitting at the bar or taking your coffee to go you should try. It’s also very central, near Le Marais and the river and they have great rental bikes and waffles. Friendly staff 🙂
  • Boneshaker Doughnuts is the best doughnut joint in Paris. The shop is tiny but the owner is from Ireland and it’s just so nice to chat with him. Located near Les Halles district, and close to Hoppy Corner, best craft beer place in the neighborhood.
  • Shakespeare and company café, next to the famous English book store, in front of Notre Dame, can be a bit busy but definitely worths the stop. Also very close there is Circus Bakery, try their cinnamon buns if your are lucky.

Special Diets in Paris

By | Book a tour, Fooding in Paris, Traveling tips

Looking for a gluten free croissant or a vegan cafe au lait?

Only a few places offer these kinds of French specialties for people with food intolerances.

Before gluten was even a thing, we were already eating crepes with buckwheat flour and they are easy to find in any creperie restaurant.

Did you know that gluten is a sort of sugar naturally present in the grain, and when mixed to yeast or sourdough, turns into gaz and helps the bread rise and cook better. Some cereals contains a lot of gluten but some don’t have any, like buckwheat, as it’s technically not a cereal. Therefore, there is no gluten in rice products, buckwheat and quinoa but there is in wheat, barley and rye.

Industrialization made some countries food policies tolerate the use of chemical gluten to replace the needed amount of flour so that bread would rise faster and cost less money. That’s why today so many people are suffering from gluten intolerances.

In France, we were lucky to keep our old traditional bread but also got hit by the gluten wave with the popularity of white bread and other industrialized food.

If you are not celiac or strongly intolerant to gluten, I would suggest to give it a new try when in France, just by eating wholegrain bread, with sourdough.  As bread is originally a fermented product, sourdough is the “living ingredient” full of good bacterias that feed on gluten to produce gaz.

If you are celiac or strongly intolerant to gluten or lactose, then just take notes of all the places mentioned below, they all are linked to the website or Facebook page and you will be able to find them.

If you are in a hurry and don’t feel like looking at maps, just contact me and I will give you a tour of some of the best places to check out.

Near Montparnasse train station, where the trains still take people to Bretagne and the Atlantic Ocean where the crepes are originally from, you will find the biggest concentration of creperies in just one street, rue du Montparnasse.

Although you can find “crepes au nutella” near every monument, touristy area in Paris, they are not as good as the original galette de sarrasin or galette de froment. These places usually make their crepes batter from an industrialized powder and fill them up with Nutella so you are just eating a bomb of chemicals and sugars.

  • Look for the new crepes places Mardi, or Breizh café*, they serve savory and sweet crepes all day and they have different addresses, all close to the center of Paris.

As for pastries, you will find gluten free and vegan options in all the best Coffee Shops of Paris, carrot cakes, brownies or banana bread but if you are looking for French gluten free pastries it’s only at:

For raw food diets, vegan and other super healthy foods, check out

>>>>> Check out this blog We Love Raw if you want to dig deeper.

I guess that if you are vegan or gluten intolerant, you will probably already know that you can find a lot of informations on Instagram but looking for hashtags #glutenfreeinparis or #veganparis but sometimes just one article in a blog can sum it up quite quickly!

I hope this will help people to plan their trip to Paris and not worry about what they will be able to eat because it’s one of these places to travel to for food right?

 

 

Top 5 restaurants for French food in Paris

By | Paris with Locals, Traveling tips

Paris counts more than 20 000 restaurants but even if you are using a guide or internet to find them, it’s always better to follow a local’s advice.

As most Parisians my age would say their favorites restaurants are the asian cantines (see article in our blog), it took me some time to collect these French spots in one article.

I selected these restaurants because they serve fresh cooked food and are not touristy at all so don’t expect to be given an english menu but expect to meet the most charismatic waitress who will try to translate for you.

If you are looking for some specific food or try them all in one day, ask for a food tour!

Where to find the best macarons in Paris?

By | Book a tour, Paris with Locals

When people visit Paris, they often think about our specialities and especially our delicate patisseries.

Well, it is true, we are lucky to have the best artisans of the world but they are not always obvious to find.

Chains like Ladurée or Jeff de Bruges are taking over the market because of their branding, packaging and location in Paris.

If you want to find the freshest, most original and small scale produced maracons and chocolates, here is the list of our top five places to have some sweets and take them home:

  • Jean Paul Hévin

Meilleur Ouvrier de France, is an expert of chocolate and treats the product very simply, using minimum sugar to enhance the flavors of the cacao beans. He also makes delicious macarons and hot chocolate to take away. You can find his shops here.

 

  • Une glace à Paris 

So far the best ice cream in Paris, with some flavors you have never seen before like curcuma sorbet or smoked vanilla. The chef also makes wonderful pastries to have at their salon de thé or to take home. The two shops are well located if you are visiting the touristy areas, one in Le Marais and the other one in Montmartre.

 

  • Pierre Hermé

You will see his shops in several locations of Paris, even in Asia or New York, because Pierre Hermé is a real business man but he is right because his maracons are very good and the costumer experience is very nice. The shops are so beautiful and the products are displayed in a way it is hard to resist…

 

  • Le cacaotier Hubert Masse 

Less popular than some other pastry chefs that are almost hanging out with other celebrities since they had their own television program, Hubert Masse is a humble chocolate master. His Irish wife and their daughter often help at the shop located in the 7th and 6th arrondissement, near the Seine, and they will kindly explain to you the story of each chocolate bonbon. Try the pralinés chocolates and take home some of the chocolate figurines for your kids, they are so cute!

 

  • Henri Le Roux and his Salted Butter Caramels 

You have to come from French Britany to put salt in anything eatable. That man created the most addictive taste ever made: salty caramel. The recipe has been kept secret for forty years and the lucky chocolatier is now famous in Japan where people appreciate the balance of flavors in food. If you are worried to lose a tooth by chewing to many caramels, the chocolates are also very nice. The main shop is located in Saint Germain quarter, very nice area to visit on a sunny day!

 

  • À la mère de famille 

Don’t be scared by the look of the shop, they are very cute and old and french. Very different from La curée gourmande shops that are tourist traps, A la mère de famille celebrates traditional biscuits and chocolates since 1761. A very nice success story that keeps on growing as the business is still in hands of a merry family. The macarons will take you back in time!

 

Of course, there are many more chocolatiers and pâtissiers to mention but we tried to make it easier for you as their shops are located in the city center.

We can organize a walking tour of chocolate and macaron tasting so you can try before you buy!

Contact us for more informations

Craft Beer in Paris

By | Beer Geeks in Paris, Book a tour

Welcome to Paris beer lovers!

It is now possible to find excellent local craft beers in France and in Paris!

For so long we have been ignoring this beverage amongst all the products we were promoting. The food scene has encountered a revival recently, with our will to eat better then we also want to drink better.

Microbreweries started popping out in France from 250 to 1100 in 10 years and even though most of them are using American recipes to start their production, we have some really good breweries that you should all check out next time you plan a trip to France.

Our Paris beer tour is probably the best way to discover the new craft beer scene in France and take notes of the top beers that you might want to bring to your friends as a nice souvenir.

During our walk, we will see how this new movement is taking over a neighborhood, having several bars where to drink good beer on tap, a microbrewery that only uses organic malt and hops, and the most unique bottle shop where you can find beers from the best independent breweries in France the USA and Europe.

For two hours of time, you will try up to 4 different beers and meet the people that made it possible for Parisians to access to such good products.

We can arrange tours for small groups or big groups, depending how seriously you take your beer or how you just want to socialize. Both should work well.

Booking links for Airbnb Experience: Paris Craft Beer with Connoisseurs 

Other tours on beer: L’Echappée Bière