What’s not to love about Paris? Wine, cheese, pastries—Paris is a gastronomic adventure and a foodie’s paradise. Bernshtam believes French cuisine is one of the most delectable and sophisticated foods in the world and if given a choice, he’d eat it every day. Imagine freshly baked crusty bread in the morning, piping hot falafel with a side of fries for lunch, and foie gras in the evening with a glass of wine at one of the local bistros. Suffice to say, there are too many things to try, and so little time.
Bernshtam advises spending at least one entire day in your itinerary just exploring the city and trying out French cuisine. The good news is, no matter where you may be staying at, there’s bound to be at least one small café or restaurant around the corner. But if you want a more detailed adventure, here are some notable spots to visit:
1. Ladurée – Bernshtam says you can’t leave Paris without trying one of Ladurée’s legendary macarons. Don’t be shy; go ahead and buy a box to bring back to the hotel. You’ll thank Bernshtam later. Next to Ladurée is Pierre Hermé, who is also known for macarons.
2. Blé Sucré – Hands down, Paris is home to the best bread in the world. There’s a reason why croissants have a cult following. They say the best croissants in Paris are made at Blé Sucré and Bershtam agrees. These are flaky, buttery, and tasty, and best served with a cup of coffee.
3. Pierre Marcolini – Next to breads and pastries, Paris is
also known for producing rich and exquisite chocolate. If you’re looking for gifts to bring home, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. One of the best places to go to is Pierre Marcolini at Rue du Bac. Here you can watch the entire process, from the bean to the chocolate in its neat packaging.