While street food might be a concept known the world over, it is not one that many would associate with Paris. More well known for its gastronomic delicacies, its fine dining restaurants and its classic culinary techniques, Paris has only just begun to be associated with street food. By its very nature, street food is prepared and sold on the pavements close to the busy streets of cities around the world and is created in a convenient style that makes ‘eating on the go’ a pleasure. Usually inexpensive but still wonderfully delicious, street food is an integral part of the culture of any city, and Paris is no different.
Here is our top pick of street food haunts in Paris.
Frenchie To Go
Modelled on a New York deli, this funky take-away bar produces simple sandwiches, scones, cakes, cookies and muffins. It is justly popular with visitors and locals alike, so come early if you want to avoid the long queues. With seats inside and benches out in the surrounding streets of Paris’s ‘Little Egypt’, this place serves excellent fresh food.
Close to the Rue des Rosiers, this great little eatery serves up delicious pitta bread sandwiches. A sister restaurant to the original that is still going strong in Tel Aviv, the simple formula is proving very popular. The décor is basic but the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. It may be a little more expensive than some of the other fast food places to eat, but the quality of the food certainly makes it worth it.
Le Camion Qui Fume
For one of the best hamburgers in town, head to this American-style joint. There are no frills laid on at this burger truck but the reputation for the food keeps people queuing up for the burgers every day. The meat is top quality, the bread made by the local boulangerie and the chips hand cut. What more could you want from this classic of all fast foods?
So it seems that good street food is coming into its own in Paris and while the eateries we have mentioned above are a good place to start, they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to options.
How to Get To Paris
If you’re travelling to Paris with plenty of time but not a lot of budget, bus services like Megabus or iDBUS are the cheapest transport solutions and depart from London Victoria Coach Station. However, keep in mind that these services will take around 8 hours of driving. In case you want to take your own car, expect a journey of around 6 hours but keep in mind that parking space is hard to come by and moreover can be quite expensive.
The easiest option to get to enjoy the yummy delights of Paris is to fly to Charles de Gaulle airport, which is very conveniently located at only a 40 minutes’ drive from the centre. Flights from London take around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
We have convenient shared or private airport transfers available to get you from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris without the struggle of carrying around luggage, or, for only €10, you can get the RER B (Blue line) city train to Gare du Nord.
Where to Stay
Hôtel Edgar Quinet – Close to the Montparnasse Tower, the Hôtel Edgar Quinet has simple en suite rooms, all with free Wi-Fi and lovely views. Double-glazing, flat screen TVs and free toiletries are among the added extras at this hotel. Every day a continental breakfast is served and there are plenty of nearby restaurants for evening meals. The reception is open day and night and this hotel makes a great budget accommodation choice for travellers.
Hôtel Henriette – Hôtel Henriette is our mid priced suggestion in Paris. Centrally located, the hotel has a quiet interior courtyard where you can escape from the city’s bustling streets. You can also enjoy breakfast here under the trees. Charming modern rooms have Wi-Fi and TV and there are complimentary toiletries in the en suite bathrooms. There is also a 24-hour reception at the hotel with helpful staff on hand to offer advice, recommendations and any other information you might need.
Napoleon Paris – For five star luxury in the city centre, look no further than Napoleon Paris Hotel. Close to all of the main attractions, the hotel has modern, comfortable rooms and suites that overlook either the Avenue de Friedland or the delightful courtyard in the centre of the hotel’s interior. Beautiful bathrooms decorated with marble have large mirrors and luxurious bathtubs. With a classy restaurant, called the Bivouac Café, offering great food, this hotel is the ideal choice if you want to splash out on your Parisian stay.