Itinerary Ideas For A Foodie’s Trip to Paris

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Angelina hot chocolateGoing to Paris? Have a great passion for Good-Things-Foodie? While some people come to Paris with a list of restaurants to hit, I tend to bring lists of places and things to see. I’m a window shopper, a person who likes to see food-related things in different ways. Oh sure, I also like to eat. If you’re a foodie traveling to Paris soon, stuff a few of these activities into your itinerary. Deliciously fun.

  1. Take a walking food tour. When I joined longtime food pro friend, Denise Vivaldo on her business trip to Paris, she lined up prolific Paris-located cookbook author David Downie to give us a guided food tour. You can, too. His food photographer wife, Alison Harris, joined us and I seriously feel I now have dear friends in Paris. Both are immersed in the ins and outs of the city’s food world, as well as history. While I’ll not publish our route (that is their business) I will confirm that we did hit such wondrous places as renowned culinary shop E. Dehillerin (below) and hot chocolate cafe Angelina — that one by my request and despite the potential touristy-ness of it. As we walked briskly, David and Alison made sure we collected a card from every site so we could return.  $$$ (the on-off city bus tour never hit these highlights, and I would price that as $$www.DavidDDownie.comPatti at Whisks
  2. Spend time around Les Halles. Say Lay-All. For 800 years, the area known as Les Halles was a central gathering place for Parisians. From about 1200 until the 1500s, it was a marketplace that included all sorts of businesses; later, food became the specialty there. And it still is, so just go, wander, shop, see. The metro takes you right to the heart of it. $
  3. Prop shop at Maison de la Porcelaine. Bloggers know that small, white dishes are best for food photos. Clean, easily read by the camera, they don’t fight with the food in a shot. So, imagine our glee to walk into a store of all white French porcelain – every shape, size, serving piece imaginable. If you want affordable souvenirs for foodies, shop here. $ www.MaisonPorcelaine.com Maison de la Porcelaine
  4. Aaah, the flea market. Le marche aux Puces is promoted as the largest sales area in the world for antiques, with sixteen markets spread around the area. Loved it, loved it, loved it. We only made it to three of the seven the day we went, our fav was Dauphine for shop after shop of intriguing vintage stuff! Even had a Kate Winslet sighting there. It was too blustery cold to hit more, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. $ to $$$$ depending on what you buy. The vintage linen hankies and sweet antique pin you see here on the lovely Pauline were $1 Euro each.
  5. Take a cooking class. I had been emailing with Jane at La Cuisine Paris prior to departing home with every intention of stopping by during our trip. But time slipped away! If I were going back – especially with Larry who LOVES cooking classes, I’d learn how to make something really French here.  The prices are comparable to a nice class here in LA. $$
  6. Partake in High Tea at the Hotel de Crillon. I am a sucker for sterling silver pieces, a gorgeous feature of the tea. If you are frugal like me, just consider partaking in this tea as also your dinner (3:30 to 6 PM). Come hungry, eat every morsel of your savory selection, then have the sweets. You will be treated like royalty. Appreciate the atmosphere, watch beautiful people. Make a reservation first. $$$$ but hell, it’s the Hotel de Crillon! Or, arrive later, go to the bar and spend about the same for two glasses of wine, nuts and chips – I am not knocking it, we did both and treasure the memories.high tea
  7. Eat crepes on the sidewalk. So French! So tasty! So cheap!! Denise and I shared one huge, melting, delicious jambon ‘n fromage number. Our lunch spot was leaning against a wall on the Seine in the shadow of Notre Dame cathedral. Denise captured both our joy of the moment as she proclaimed, “GODDAMMIT, this is delicious!” $

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1 Worth The Whisk June 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Kristina, I find this news shocking. Get thyself to Paris, girlfriend.

2 Kristina Vanni June 2, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Paris is my dream vacation! It’s a culinary sin that I haven’t been there yet. Now I have so many ideas once I finally make my way there!

3 Mary August 26, 2011 at 4:01 am

My husband, John, and I flew to Paris on Valentines Day 2011 for a magical 10 day walking tour. It was our first Paris visit and we don’t speak French but we found the locals to be friendly and very helpful. We were careful to dress respectfully with style and in dark color – black, browns and sage greens, two vintage scarves added a bit of color to my topcoats, favorite belts dressed up my simple sheaths and the black and chocolate wool berets I purchased upon arrival protected me from chilly February mists. We stayed in a charming and very convenient hotel just down the street from St Michel Fountain. We celebrated the delicious foods we found at every turn and walked up to 8 miles each day in our proper shoes, taking the train only for day trips to Montmarte and Versailles. A museum pass is a must if one plans to be in Paris for at least a week and history, architecture and art are among your interests. We loved Paris and will return again some day.

4 Worth The Whisk March 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

Denise, just “keepin’ it real.” Your phone was an integral part of the trip! 😀

5 denise vivaldo March 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

The Angelina pour is so perfect -EXCEPT my phone sitting in the corner…
bad stylist.
xoxo

6 Carla (chickmae) March 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

From the sounds of it you had a wonderful trip! That would be my ideal trip. Go to Paris, eat, window shop and just take it all in! I loved your pictures. Maison de la Porcelaine is my favourite. I’m a sucker for white dishes. That’s what I use all the time. Oh and the hot chocolate! I would have died and gone to heaven! I’m so so envious of you! One day I will make it there.

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