The way to a person’s heart
The culinary milieu
Restaurants in Paris
The Guide Michelin alone describes – as of 2019 – 1237 restaurants in Paris, making it a valuable resource to get your culinary bearings. Far from all of the restaurants here boast Michelin stars, but it certainly means something if you are mentioned in the Guide. And all price categories are represented – from good and affordable, to meals that cost over €200 and even a lot more than that. From unknown, though no-less-outstanding chefs, to three-star recipients like Alain Ducasse, who operates, amongst others, the Restaurant Jules Verne on the second level of the Eiffel Tower – the kitchen and wine cellar lie beneath the Champ de Mars, incidentally, with a special lift running up to the restaurant. Reservations need to be planned a long time in advance …
Bistrots und Brasseries
Of course, wherever you encounter tourists in masses, you will also bump into dubious culinary offers at equally dubious prices. That said, particularly in Paris, there is no reason to fall into such traps. There are a large number of bistrots with small menus for between-meal snacks, while brasseries popularly frequented by Parisians are easy to find. Now consigned to the past, unfortunately, is “the belly of Paris”, Les Halles … the former food market. The grounds, which were actually reopened in 2016 as a shopping mall, have sadly degenerated into a stereotypical cookie-cutter shopping experience.
And then there are those amazing cheeses from small delicatessens, the perfectly matched wines, the baguettes, crispily fresh from the baker at any time of day – and all of this right around the corner. Any holiday residence is only as good as its infrastructure, and in this case, that infrastructure is deliciously French … bon appétit! Santé!