Paris is a gastronomical capital city for a reason. Besides the Michelin-rated restaurants and popular cheeses and baguettes, people visit Paris also for the varieties of street food. There is a street for every food and budget in the City of Lights, and you will realize that when you reach it via flight or train. Here are some of the best streets the food lover in you should explore when on a Paris tour.
While Rue Mouffetard is one of Paris’s oldest existing streets, it has been populated with many chain restaurants and cafes which cater to wandering travelers. Go to the southern side of Rue Mouffetard, to its open-end market adjacent to Square Saint-Médard, for street delights. You will find vendors selling fish and fresh produce, along with some independent specialty shops here.
This street is deep-rooted when it comes to Parisian food: from the 12th century to the mid-20th century, this and the surrounding part were the main markets that served the entire city. Nowadays, it is still one of the main hubs for food lovers. Besides the variety of shops such as Le Palais du Fruit, Alain Tribolet, and Le Fermette, there are also some great French restaurants to try. For one, L’Escargot is the restaurant to have the famous dish of the same name. For dessert, do stop by Stohrer, which is thought to be the oldest existing Parisian bakery.
If you love sweets and pastries, this is the Parisian street to be in. Can you believe there are 8 bakeries inside four blocks here? So you can go from one shop to the next sampling the French croissants, chocolates, meringues, and the macarons. Another notable shop is Maison Dubernet, specializing in conventional French delicacies such as cassoulet, pate, and foie gras.
Rue de Lévis
Rue de Lévis is one of the Parisian market-like streets where you are likely to spot a CEO socializing with a French waitress, shopping after work, and you are not likely to bump into as many visitors as you might on some of Paris’s other streets, especially Rue Cler. Take note: it is best to visit Rue de Lévis before 01:00 pm, and avoid it on Mondays.
Often dubbed as Paris’s own “Little Tokyo”, Rue Saint-Anne is within walking distance of the Metro stop at Pyramides. If you do not reach the spot early for dinner, then you might end up standing outside in lines with the natives for at least 30 minutes; restaurants here are small and very popular. You will find sushi, ramen, and Vietnamese food on Rue Saint-Anne, as well as a bakery that doles out matcha-flavored choux pastries and other traditional French desserts with a true Japanese twist.