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Paris. - Opens a dialog Just the name of this historic and culturally significant city conjures up so much for anyone who has visited there. If you’ve never been, one thing’s for sure, you will be highly impressed with the local Parisian and French provincial cuisines, all of which are inspirations for die-hard foodies to make yearly pilgrimages to this phenomenal city. The following demonstrates some of what you, your significant other, or your family should experience from a culinary & cultural perspective while visiting France’s City of Lights.

    Tea and a light breakfast at Café de Flore is a great way to start the day.

    Before starting your day of exploration throughout Paris, you’ll need to fuel up. Something as simple as a cup of coffee that’s enjoyed with a light breakfast can be experienced at the historic Café de Flore, one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris. Established in the late 1800s, Café de Flore continues to be a haven for a veritable "who’s who" in entertainment, music, politics, etc. and it’s no wonder why. The location, vibe, and food all make Café de Flore the preferred café for celebrities and fans alike. If you’re traveling with kids, a visit to Carette is a must. Adjacent to Trocadéro Square, Carette serves up an indulgent hot chocolate that happens to be one of the most popular in the region. After touring the Picasso Museum, a 15-minute walk northeast will bring you Boulangerie Utopie which creates some of the best Croissants, Baguettes, Brioche, and Pan au Chocolate, all of which are culinary works of art.

      Enjoy a buttery and delicious Croque Monsieur.

      Midday dining throughout Paris yields delightful culinary offerings! Should you wish to dine within a traditional French Bistro, Restaurant Aux Lyonnais and Chez Georges both prepare meals in the classic French style while utilizing fresh and local ingredients. If you find yourself desperate for a hamburger while on your trip, then look no further than Il Etait Un Square and Le Ruisseau. Both restaurants are favorites with locals as decadence takes center stage. In particular, most cheeseburgers are served with a hot melting cheese sauce. And if you’re keen to have an even heartier meal, perhaps you should enjoy either a croque monsieur or croque madame at Fric-Frac and Cocorico. These buttery and delicious sandwiches filled with cheese and ham (and in the case of a croque madame, a poached egg tops the sandwich) are best enjoyed with a fork and knife. Should it concern you that you may over-indulge, never fear, refreshing and healthful side salads are typically included to help balance matters. And you can never go wrong with traditional French crepes at Crêperie de Port-Manech and La Crêperie. Both restaurants serve savory and sweet crepes that are ideal for those who are on the go.

        Midday dining throughout Paris yields delightful culinary offerings! Should you wish to dine within a traditional French Bistro, Restaurant Aux Lyonnais and Chez Georges both prepare meals in the classic French style while utilizing fresh and local ingredients. If you find yourself desperate for a hamburger while on your trip, then look no further than Il Etait Un Square and Le Ruisseau. Both restaurants are favorites with locals as decadence takes center stage. In particular, most cheeseburgers are served with a hot melting cheese sauce. And if you’re keen to have an even heartier meal, perhaps you should enjoy either a croque monsieur or croque madame at Fric-Frac and Cocorico. These buttery and delicious sandwiches filled with cheese and ham (and in the case of a croque madame, a poached egg tops the sandwich) are best enjoyed with a fork and knife. Should it concern you that you may over-indulge, never fear, refreshing and healthful side salads are typically included to help balance matters. And you can never go wrong with traditional French crepes at Crêperie de Port-Manech and La Crêperie. Both restaurants serve savory and sweet crepes that are ideal for those who are on the go.

          Enjoy a buttery and delicious Croque Monsieur.

          No visit to Paris is complete with a trip to a Fromagerie.

          Traditional French cheeses such as Gruyere, Roquefort, and Munster are readily found in fromageries (cheese shops) throughout Paris. However, Fromageries Lefebvre showcases specially selected cheeses from cheese makers throughout France. Their selection process is very strict, and this approach comes through with the flavors and textures within each of the cheeses on display. You should also visit Fromagerie Laurent Dubois which is known throughout Paris for producing and selling some of the finest cheeses in France. Their fresh cheeses (fromage frais), vintage cheeses (rares), and everything in-between yield flavors of the cheeses that range, much like a fine wine, from mild, to bold, to delightfully complex.

            Macarons are a sweet treat you can enjoy on the go.

            One cannot visit Paris without experiencing macarons, especially when traveling with children! These wheels of joy are light and pleasantly flavorful, truly a luxurious treat that will satiate any sweet tooth. Ladurée has held the title of being the longest operating, and most popular producer of macarons in Paris. A visit to any one of their boutique outlets will not only impress the eyes but the palate as well. Favorites such as raspberry, lemon, and vanilla always delight, but you should also consider trying some of Ladurée’s more avant-garde flavors such as Marie-Antoinette tea, strawberry candy, and passionfruit ylang-ylang. Pierre Hermé takes macarons to a completely new level with an array of flavors, such as crème brulee, crépe suzette, opéra and licorice. While visiting Pierre Hermé, don’t be too surprised if your significant other starts talking about moving to Paris after you both have experienced some of Pierre Hermés other sweet treats which share the stage with their macarons, including rich tarts, cakes, and confections galore.

              One cannot visit Paris without experiencing macarons, especially when traveling with children! These wheels of joy are light and pleasantly flavorful, truly a luxurious treat that will satiate any sweet tooth. Ladurée has held the title of being the longest operating, and most popular producer of macarons in Paris. A visit to any one of their boutique outlets will not only impress the eyes but the palate as well. Favorites such as raspberry, lemon, and vanilla always delight, but you should also consider trying some of Ladurée’s more avant-garde flavors such as Marie-Antoinette tea, strawberry candy, and passionfruit ylang-ylang. Pierre Hermé takes macarons to a completely new level with an array of flavors, such as crème brulee, crépe suzette, opéra and licorice. While visiting Pierre Hermé, don’t be too surprised if your significant other starts talking about moving to Paris after you both have experienced some of Pierre Hermés other sweet treats which share the stage with their macarons, including rich tarts, cakes, and confections galore.

                Macarons are a sweet treat you can enjoy on the go.

                While we’re talking about sweets, you should also visit Fauchon and Stohrer to experience their pastries. Parisian foodies largely agree that Fauchon is one of the best éclair makers in Paris, while Stohrer (which is the oldest Patisserie in Paris) makes a delicious dessert, baba au rum, which continues to keep them relevant and successful.

                  In Paris, a supper isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience.

                  Supper in Paris is not just a meal, it’s an event for the senses. Both L’Ambroisie and Pierre Gagnaire’s eponymous restaurants (Pierre Gagnaire) are three MICHELIN Star establishments in Paris that exemplify haute French cuisine at its absolute finest. The refined environs of each dining room set the stage for what you can expect during every meal: A sophisticated, yet unpretentious experience. In keeping with the freshness and seasonal availability of all ingredients, most fine-dining restaurants typically change their menu offerings every few months. Nevertheless, irrespective of the time of year, you can always expect an amazing French meal at these two restaurants.

                    There’s no shortage of culinary creativity in Paris. The French are known for taking fresh and simple ingredients along with mindful preparation very seriously. This fastidious way of cooking continues to make French cuisine one of the most complex and satisfying on the planet.

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                            Paris. - Opens a dialog Just the name of this historic and culturally significant city conjures up so much for anyone who has visited there. If you’ve never been, one thing’s for sure, you will be highly impressed with the local Parisian and French provincial cuisines, all of which are inspirations for die-hard foodies to make yearly pilgrimages to this phenomenal city. The following demonstrates some of what you, your significant other, or your family should experience from a culinary & cultural perspective while visiting France’s City of Lights.

                              Tea and a light breakfast at Café de Flore is a great way to start the day.

                              Before starting your day of exploration throughout Paris, you’ll need to fuel up. Something as simple as a cup of coffee that’s enjoyed with a light breakfast can be experienced at the historic Café de Flore, one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris. Established in the late 1800s, Café de Flore continues to be a haven for a veritable "who’s who" in entertainment, music, politics, etc. and it’s no wonder why. The location, vibe, and food all make Café de Flore the preferred café for celebrities and fans alike. If you’re traveling with kids, a visit to Carette is a must. Adjacent to Trocadéro Square, Carette serves up an indulgent hot chocolate that happens to be one of the most popular in the region. After touring the Picasso Museum, a 15-minute walk northeast will bring you Boulangerie Utopie which creates some of the best Croissants, Baguettes, Brioche, and Pan au Chocolate, all of which are culinary works of art.

                                Enjoy a buttery and delicious Croque Monsieur.

                                Midday dining throughout Paris yields delightful culinary offerings! Should you wish to dine within a traditional French Bistro, Restaurant Aux Lyonnais and Chez Georges both prepare meals in the classic French style while utilizing fresh and local ingredients. If you find yourself desperate for a hamburger while on your trip, then look no further than Il Etait Un Square and Le Ruisseau. Both restaurants are favorites with locals as decadence takes center stage. In particular, most cheeseburgers are served with a hot melting cheese sauce. And if you’re keen to have an even heartier meal, perhaps you should enjoy either a croque monsieur or croque madame at Fric-Frac and Cocorico. These buttery and delicious sandwiches filled with cheese and ham (and in the case of a croque madame, a poached egg tops the sandwich) are best enjoyed with a fork and knife. Should it concern you that you may over-indulge, never fear, refreshing and healthful side salads are typically included to help balance matters. And you can never go wrong with traditional French crepes at Crêperie de Port-Manech and La Crêperie. Both restaurants serve savory and sweet crepes that are ideal for those who are on the go.

                                  Midday dining throughout Paris yields delightful culinary offerings! Should you wish to dine within a traditional French Bistro, Restaurant Aux Lyonnais and Chez Georges both prepare meals in the classic French style while utilizing fresh and local ingredients. If you find yourself desperate for a hamburger while on your trip, then look no further than Il Etait Un Square and Le Ruisseau. Both restaurants are favorites with locals as decadence takes center stage. In particular, most cheeseburgers are served with a hot melting cheese sauce. And if you’re keen to have an even heartier meal, perhaps you should enjoy either a croque monsieur or croque madame at Fric-Frac and Cocorico. These buttery and delicious sandwiches filled with cheese and ham (and in the case of a croque madame, a poached egg tops the sandwich) are best enjoyed with a fork and knife. Should it concern you that you may over-indulge, never fear, refreshing and healthful side salads are typically included to help balance matters. And you can never go wrong with traditional French crepes at Crêperie de Port-Manech and La Crêperie. Both restaurants serve savory and sweet crepes that are ideal for those who are on the go.

                                    Enjoy a buttery and delicious Croque Monsieur.

                                    No visit to Paris is complete with a trip to a Fromagerie.

                                    Traditional French cheeses such as Gruyere, Roquefort, and Munster are readily found in fromageries (cheese shops) throughout Paris. However, Fromageries Lefebvre showcases specially selected cheeses from cheese makers throughout France. Their selection process is very strict, and this approach comes through with the flavors and textures within each of the cheeses on display. You should also visit Fromagerie Laurent Dubois which is known throughout Paris for producing and selling some of the finest cheeses in France. Their fresh cheeses (fromage frais), vintage cheeses (rares), and everything in-between yield flavors of the cheeses that range, much like a fine wine, from mild, to bold, to delightfully complex.

                                      Macarons are a sweet treat you can enjoy on the go.

                                      One cannot visit Paris without experiencing macarons, especially when traveling with children! These wheels of joy are light and pleasantly flavorful, truly a luxurious treat that will satiate any sweet tooth. Ladurée has held the title of being the longest operating, and most popular producer of macarons in Paris. A visit to any one of their boutique outlets will not only impress the eyes but the palate as well. Favorites such as raspberry, lemon, and vanilla always delight, but you should also consider trying some of Ladurée’s more avant-garde flavors such as Marie-Antoinette tea, strawberry candy, and passionfruit ylang-ylang. Pierre Hermé takes macarons to a completely new level with an array of flavors, such as crème brulee, crépe suzette, opéra and licorice. While visiting Pierre Hermé, don’t be too surprised if your significant other starts talking about moving to Paris after you both have experienced some of Pierre Hermés other sweet treats which share the stage with their macarons, including rich tarts, cakes, and confections galore.

                                        One cannot visit Paris without experiencing macarons, especially when traveling with children! These wheels of joy are light and pleasantly flavorful, truly a luxurious treat that will satiate any sweet tooth. Ladurée has held the title of being the longest operating, and most popular producer of macarons in Paris. A visit to any one of their boutique outlets will not only impress the eyes but the palate as well. Favorites such as raspberry, lemon, and vanilla always delight, but you should also consider trying some of Ladurée’s more avant-garde flavors such as Marie-Antoinette tea, strawberry candy, and passionfruit ylang-ylang. Pierre Hermé takes macarons to a completely new level with an array of flavors, such as crème brulee, crépe suzette, opéra and licorice. While visiting Pierre Hermé, don’t be too surprised if your significant other starts talking about moving to Paris after you both have experienced some of Pierre Hermés other sweet treats which share the stage with their macarons, including rich tarts, cakes, and confections galore.

                                          Macarons are a sweet treat you can enjoy on the go.

                                          While we’re talking about sweets, you should also visit Fauchon and Stohrer to experience their pastries. Parisian foodies largely agree that Fauchon is one of the best éclair makers in Paris, while Stohrer (which is the oldest Patisserie in Paris) makes a delicious dessert, baba au rum, which continues to keep them relevant and successful.

                                            In Paris, a supper isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience.

                                            Supper in Paris is not just a meal, it’s an event for the senses. Both L’Ambroisie and Pierre Gagnaire’s eponymous restaurants (Pierre Gagnaire) are three MICHELIN Star establishments in Paris that exemplify haute French cuisine at its absolute finest. The refined environs of each dining room set the stage for what you can expect during every meal: A sophisticated, yet unpretentious experience. In keeping with the freshness and seasonal availability of all ingredients, most fine-dining restaurants typically change their menu offerings every few months. Nevertheless, irrespective of the time of year, you can always expect an amazing French meal at these two restaurants.

                                              There’s no shortage of culinary creativity in Paris. The French are known for taking fresh and simple ingredients along with mindful preparation very seriously. This fastidious way of cooking continues to make French cuisine one of the most complex and satisfying on the planet.

                                                Featured image is brunch at the Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. - Opens a dialog

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                                                      Travel blogger Jason Gordon

                                                      About the Author: The above piece was written by Jason Gordon, a guest travel blogger, and Costco enthusiast. Jason Gordon is compensated by Costco Travel to share his travel experiences.


                                                       
                                                       
                                                       
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