What to eat in Paris? It would be easier to define what NOT to eat in Paris. The City of Lights tends to wow the fussiest of palettes so instead of identifying the one must-devour culinary item, you’re encouraged to try everything. Escargot bathing in garlic butter; coq au vin swimming in red wine; cheese, cheese, and more cheese; a warm baguette with fresh, local butter; pain au chocolat and her croissant cousin; crepes (both sweet and savory); foie gras, frog legs, and pretty much any dessert that comes your way. Bon appetit!
Afternoon tea is something we generally align with the British. And while her neighbor across the Channel may have started the tradition, there’s no topping afternoon tea in Paris. It’s not so much the exquisite bone china or the array of legendary Mariage Frères tea selections, but rather the accompanying pastries. From cloud-like macarons to crème-filled profiteroles, buttery madeleines to warm-from-the-oven scones, delicate meringues to air-filled souffles, tea in Paris is a sip worth taking.
The City of Light has a dark underbelly. Hundreds of miles of old caves, limestone quarries, and tunnels make up the Paris Catacombs, which house the remains of more than 6 million people. Guided tours will take you through portions of the labyrinth, often dubbed, “the world’s largest grave.” The ossuary was created in the late 1770s to address the city’s overflowing cemeteries due to famine and disease. Beware: the catacombs are not for the faint of heart. Walking through cold, claustrophobic tunnels surrounded by human remains may be a bit too macabre for some.