Sampling local delicacies is one of my favorite ways to experience a new country or city.

Normally I’ll do a bit of research using social media, blogs, and local friends for advice on what foods I cannot miss in each destination.

Since Paris is one of my favorite cities, I’ve got tons of spots I’m dying to return to or check out for the first time.

Basically, I’m a big foodie who will go out of my way in order to try certain dishes (mostly desserts).

After spending a ton of time in France over the years, I’ve tried all sorts of French delicacies most Americans never get around to sampling.

Keep reading to find out all of the best food to try in Paris, including all the local French favorites you need to try on your next trip!

Iconic French Foods to Try in Paris



There’s truly nothing like a warm, buttery, flaky croissant from France.

This iconic pastry is perfect for breakfast or as a snack, and a must-eat while Paris.



We all know that scene in Pretty Woman, where Julia Roberts flings a snail across a fancy dining room.

It doesn’t exactly make escargot any less intimidating, but I promise it’s worth trying.

If you don’t know, escargot is snails cooked in a delicious garlic and herb butter sauce.

Escargot is a classic French delicacy that many traditional restaurants offer on their menus.

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon

Visiting Paris during the chilly winter months?

Boeuf Bourguignon is a hearty beef stew cooked with red wine with onions, carrots, and mushrooms.

It’s perfect to warm you up after a day of sightseeing, especially if paired with an enormous glass of red wine.



Ever seen the classic cartoon Ratatouille?

If you have, then you know all about this next dish.

This famous vegetable dish from Provence features eggplant, zucchini, onions, and bell peppers cooked in a tomato sauce.

Ratatouille showcases the simplicity and natural flavors of French ingredients.



Anyone who knows me well knows I can’t stop in Paris without indulging in tons of macarons from Pierre Hermé.

These delicate, colorful cookies filled with buttercream or ganache are a must-try when visiting Paris.

Since it’s France, you’ve got lots of shops to sample them from, so do a bit of taste tasting between a few popular spots.



This mouthwatering dish of melted cheese scraped onto a plate, paired with potatoes, vegetables, and charcuterie, is a winter classic.

It originated in the Alpine regions of France, and is absolutely delicious!

These are some of the most popular raclette spots in Paris:

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin is one of my favorite desserts to have in the fall.

This tart features a flaky pastry and caramel coating that is to die for.

Steak Frites

Steak Frites

No trip to France would be complete without indulging in the classic French meal of steak frites—juicy steak and crispy French fries.

You can find this simple yet delicious dish at most Parisian bistros, and it’s perfect for lunch or dinner.



Another sweet treat you can’t miss while in France is their classic eclairs.

Cream-filled pastries topped with icing are a delight in the afternoon.

Choose from flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, to satisfy your sweet tooth.



One of my favorite things about France is its wide variety of cheeses.

From Camembert to Roquefort, the flavors and textures are something you won’t want to miss.

I recommend hitting up a fromagerie for a few cheeses to enjoy during a picnic.

You should also indulge in a cheese plate for dessert after at least one of your meals.



There’s nothing like ripping off the end of a warm and crusty baguette on the walk home from the store.

Most boulangeries will offer baguette, though the more popular places sell out, so arrive early!

These are some of the most popular spots to snag a baguette in Paris:

Cuisses de Grenouilles

Cuisses de Grenouilles

Cuisses de grenouilles are frog legs, often fried and seasoned with garlic and parsley that are a must-try for adventurous eaters.

I’ve had them a few times and still can’t believe I like them as much as I do.

These are some popular places to try frogs legs in Paris:

Baba au Rhum

Baba au Rhum

This is one traditional dessert I still need to try.

Baba au Rhum is a sponge cake soaked in…you guessed it, rum syrup and topped with whipped cream.

So basically, it’s a delicious and boozy French treat.



Served on the half-shell, and offering a taste of the French coast, oysters in Paris just hit differently.

In fact, they when I was there in February, it was what I had for lunch on my first day back in town.

Now, as I’m writing this, I’m daydreaming of having them again in France this summer when I return to Antibes.

Trust me, you can’t go wrong with oysters in France.

Pain au Chocolat

Food to Try in Paris: 24 Must-Taste French Delicacies

The very first thing I order upon landing in France is always pain au chocolat and an espresso.

If you’ve never had pain au chocolat I suggest you follow my lead and order one asap when you arrive in Paris.

After all, who doesn’t love starting their day off with a fresh chocolate filled croissant?

Soupe à l’Oignon

Soupe a lOignon

If you’re visiting Paris during the colder parts of the year, warm up with a comforting bowl of French onion soup, traditionally served with a cheesy crouton on top.

These are some of the most popular spots to find a bowl of onion soup:



I’m ashamed this is another famous French pastry that I’ve yet to try.

Paris-Brest is a choux pastry dessert filled with praline-flavored cream and shaped like a wheel.

These are the spots I’ve got on my Paris-Brest must-try list:

Mousse Au Chocolat

Mousse Au Chocolat

This light and airy classic French dessert made from chocolate and whipped cream is one of my all-time favorite desserts.

I can’t help but order it anytime I see it on the menu, especially in France.

These are some of my favorite spots in Paris to fullfill my chocolate mousse cravings:

Local’s Tip: They sell little cups of mousse au chocolat at the grocery store. It’s a great addition to your Seine picnic basket!

Tartare de Boeuf

Tartare de Boeuf

If you had told teenage me I’d grow up to like tartare, I’d have told you that you were crazy!

It’s funny how things change with time and experience, because now I love ordering it while in France.

If you’ve yet to try tartare, it’s a unique twist on steak, since it’s served raw.

They finely chop the beef and season it with herbs, usually serving it with capers or pickles and some bread.

Some popular spots for tartare de boeuf are:

Parisian Street Food


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Crêpes, are one of the most popular street foods in Paris.

You can find these thin pancakes at crêperies and street stands throughout the city.

For a sweet option, try the classic Nutella crêpe or indulge in a butter and sugar treat.

My go-to is always a lemon, sugar, and butter one.

If you prefer savory flavors, savor a mouth-watering ham and cheese crêpe.



Next, treat yourself to gaufres, also known as waffles, while exploring the charming streets of Paris.

These crispy, golden treats are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth and giving you a mid-morning jolt of energy.

You can enjoy them with a variety of toppings, like whipped cream, fruit, or chocolate sauce.



The oldest covered market in the city, Marché des Enfants Rouges, offers the tastiest galettes with cheese, ham, and vegetables.

These buckwheat crepes, originally from Brittany, offer a hearty and delicious meal on the go. It’s the perfect quick lunch while sightseeing.

Jambon Buerre

Jambon Buerre

When you’re craving something simple yet satisfying, go for a jambon buerre sandwich.

It’s a butter and ham sandwich that’s a step up from most sandwiches you’d find in the U.S.

You can find this timeless delicacy in bakeries and street food stalls throughout the city. It’s a great thing to grab for an impromptu Seine picnic.



These deep-fried chickpea balls are vegetarian, full of Middle Eastern spices and super delicious and budget friendly.

You can enjoy in a pita or on their own with a side of tahini sauce.

Everyone loves getting their falafel in the Marais at L’As du Fallafel. This place always has a long line that goes quickly if you get takeaway.

Best Neighborhoods in Paris for Foodies


ALLY in Saint Germain des Pres

In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you’ll find a mix of traditional and modern dining options.

These are some spots in the neighborhood that attract the biggest crowds:


Montmartre 1

Montmartre is known for its charming streets, artistic atmosphere, and delicious food.

As you explore this neighborhood, stop by a local boulangerie for a crusty baguette or a patisserie for an indulgent dessert.

Oh, and don’t miss out on trying the savory crepes from the street vendors, a must-try delicacy in this district.

Le Marais

Le Marais Paris neighborhoods

Le Marais is a trendy and diverse neighborhood with a great culinary scene.

For a perfect foodie experience, grab picnic supplies from this neighborhood.

Start with a falafel from the famous L’As du Falafel.

Next, pick up a charcuterie board from Au Sanglier and a baguette from Au Petit Versailles.

Finally, treat yourself with macarons from Pierre Herme and a bottle of French wine or champagne to complete your feast.


Bastille Paris neighborhoods

Bastille is cool and popular neighborhood that’s home to a range of restaurants and unique eateries.

These are some of the must try spots in Bastille:

Types of Dining Experiences to Have in Paris

Eating at a Brasserie

Eating at a Brasserie Paris

In Paris, a brasserie is a must-visit establishment, where you can enjoy a lively atmosphere and a wide variety of traditional French dishes.

These establishments often feature beautiful decor and are open throughout the day.

Start your culinary journey by sampling a classic Coq au Vin or a delicious Croque Monsieur at one of these famous Parisian brasseries:

Having a Picnic Along the Seine

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For a truly Parisian experience, grab some of the city’s best foods.

My picnic go-to’s always include:

  • Baguette
  • Cheese
  • Charcuterie
  • Macarons
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Salted Butter
  • Salted Nuts

Oh, and don’t forget a bottle (or two) of delicious French wine or champagne to enjoy while taking in views of Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower.

Dining at a Michelin Starred Restaurant

Dining at a Michelin Starred Restaurant

Since the Michelin-star system originated in France, it only makes sense that Paris would have lots of starred restaurants.

Book one of these stunning Michelin-starred restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience in Paris:

Anytime you plan to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, you must book a table in advance, as the demand is always high.

Enjoy a Bistro

Enjoy a Bistro

A visit to Paris is not complete without dining in a cozy bistro.

These smaller spots provide an intimate atmosphere and the opportunity to try French classics like Steak Frites or Boeuf Bourguignon.

Hit up one of these popular Paris bistros:

Grab a Bite at Enfants Rouge

Marche Enfants Rouge Le Marais Paris

Marche des Enfants Rouge is a vibrant food market in the Marais district, offering various delicious culinary delights.

You’ll be able to stroll around sampling lots of cuisines from around the world while supporting local businesses.

Exploring this historic market offers a unique glimpse into Parisian culture and the city’s love for food, plus is a great place to meet people.

Hop on a Food Tour

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One of my favorite ways to try new local foods is to hop on one of Devour’s local food tours.

I recently did their food tour in the Marais and found so many delicious local gems.

Check out the tour in my vlog below, then book your own tour!

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I was shocked by how many hidden gems I was introduced to while on Devour Tour's food tour. I can't recommend this enough for tourists and even locals!

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Food to Try in Paris: 24 Must-Taste French Delicacies

If you’re anything like me, this list has you super hungry and really excited to eat your way through Paris.

In fact, it’s already inspired me to text a local friend to do oysters and wine when I’m back in town again next month.

Let me know in the comments below what foods you can’t wait to try in Paris!


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