To the French, food is life and this is more than evident in Paris. From a casual bite on a terrace to a scrumptious but relaxed lunch at a modern bistro to a fancy culinary adventure at a Michelin rated spot, there is something on offer for all palates and budgets. We were excited to try the city's culinary gems with toddler and curious how he would react to new foods and flavors. Here's where and what this 3 year old ate in Paris.
Breakfast on the go at POILANE
A short walk from our lovely boutique hotel in Saint Germain des Pres was the famous Poilane bakery. Known for their sourdough bread, Poilane is also well stocked in all manner of French baked goods. Toddler enjoyed the apple Danish and we drooled over the sourdough slice with warm butter, fresh honey and a perfectly roasted coffee on the side.
Modern bistro fare at LE COMPTOIR DU RELAIS
The food was exquisite, price points reasonable and we spotted Stacy Keibler, Geroge Clooney's ex-girlfriend among the patrons which made us feel cool. Toddler enjoyed a Croque Monsieur - a ham and cheese sandwich with nutmeg-infused bechamel and his first ever bit of 'salad' in the form of baby romaine hearts, fresh and crunchy and dressed to perfection. He also tried bits of a succulent roast chicken with mashed potatoes or pomme puree that were so buttery and creamy that he thought they were 'dessert'. The most insanely delicious dish, however, was a starter of fresh pink radish, pistachio pesto and raw chocolate (yes chocolate!) that I really can't describe except to say it was AMAZING - sadly, the 3 year old wanted to have nothing to do with it. Actual dessert was a mountain of fresh berries with a pistachio financier and ice-cream and chocolate mousse. A Paris must try and ultra kid friendly to boot!
Fancy pants lunch at L'ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON
Expensive, exquisite - this delicious but surprisingly kid-friendly Parisienne institution never disappoints. When a classically trained, 2 Michelin star French chef embraces spices, you know the spice box is no longer restricted to ethnic kitchens. Sea bream carpaccio with smoked paprika, turbot and mussels in a tandoori coconut broth, steak with potatoes and the tastiest spaghetti pomodoro for toddler, this spot was a splurge well worth the dent in the bank account.
American breakfast at FRENCHIE TO GO
OK, I'll admit it's a bit silly to seek out an American breakfast in Paris but this spot was so highly recommended by every food blogger that we just had to give it a whirl. And oh boy was it on point. Tucked away on a quiet, seemingly abandoned street, Frenchie to Go is the baby brother of the famous and impossible to get into Frenchie. Toddler loved his bacon, cheese and egg sandwich with a bacon maple scone on the side. The Eggs Benedict and the house-made granola with fromage blancs were also brilliant.
And last but not least, delectable macarons from PIERRE HERME
No words necessary....