Paris, the city of light, has been one of the top culinary centers of the world. French cuisine has been romanticized in film, television, books and magazines. If you haven't noticed, I am just as obsessed on finding the up-and-coming restaurants and delicious treats just as much as finding all the beautiful vantage points for my photography. One of the best things about travel is the opportunity to try some of the local delicacies, especially if it's not readily available at home.
Paris is a special place to me. I met my best friend of 10 years who shares my deep appreciation of food and culture during a study abroad program in this city. Together, we explored a huge array of cafes, patisseries, fromageries, wine bars, restaurants and markets. Before my trip to Paris, I was never a huge fan of cheese, and now I absolutely can't live without it.
We don't remember how many times we have been to this city, but we love coming back. There are very few places in the world that can rival French culinary history and culture. Today, French cuisine has received an unfortunate reputation to be complicated, inaccessible and "behind-the-times"; however, we recently noticed a new generation of restaurants cropping up that modernize traditional French cuisine at affordable prices. There were numerous occasions where we had 3-course meals with wine for 35-40 euros. We sampled a huge array of regional wines from Loire Valley, Burgundy, Alsace, Beaujolais, and Languedoc from the neighborhood wine bars accompanied by cheese, dried fruit and baguette slices. Need a break from French food? Luckily, there are a plethora of ethnic eateries around town as well.
Here is a list of places we've visited in our latest visit to Paris with photos below. Enjoy!