The Gourmet Guide to Paris
Everyone knows that Paris is a romantic city of love. But did you also know that it is also the capital of food? French food was given the UNESCO Humanity Heritage Status in 2010, which made Paris the best food city in Europe. From food markets to cafes and even renowned Parisian bistros. The French people value all kinds of food specialities and infuses it into their culture. During my latest trip to Paris for Paris Fashion Week, I discovered many interesting restaurants along the way. In no particular order, here are some of my favourite dining spots to visit when I am in Paris.
If you’re a fan of French label, Maison Kitsuné, you would have to known about the famous Cafe Kitsune. Tucked away in the beautiful Jardin du Palais Royal, Cafe Kitsune is one of the recommended brunch spot/IG spot that you shouldn’t miss. The quaint cafe is tiny and gets full during peak hours; opt to have your coffee taken away and have it in the scenic garden instead. In winter, I would order their signature hot matcha latte. For something sweet, there is a selection of small cakes and cookies, and even some sorbet in the summer.
51 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 40 15 62 31
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Before starting my day to the fashion shows, I would usually head over to Honor Café for a cup of coffee. Interestingly, this café is the first outdoor coffee shop in Paris that is also located in the courtyard of Comme Des Garcons Flagship shop and museum. Inside the Honor, the interior is minimal and inviting. I like it that despite its open concept layout, the staff are delighted to spend a moment to chat with customers like myself. It is no surprise that fashionistas and tourists would stop by for coffee just before the fashion boutiques open.
54 Rue Du Faubourg St Honoré, Paris 75008
Tel: +33 7 82 52 93 63
Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Closed on Sundays
Benoit is one of my favourite restaurants and I would say that you shouldn’t leave France before giving this a try! This Parisian bistro, on first impression, it may look reasonably dull. It gave me lovely surprise upon walking in. If you’ve ever pictured a Parisian dining experience to have an old-school and intimate vibe, this place perfectly describes it! Situated in the border of Marais, Benoit is also a one Michelin-star that serves up traditional and refined French fare. That afternoon, I tried out the lunchtime set menu (€38) which offers an excellent way to enjoy the extravagant experience without having to pay a hefty sum.