PARIS FOR FOODIES
live like a Parisian ......
France has always been the culinary centre of the world - and Paris the culinary capital with more Michelin 3 star restaurants than any other city.
But you do not have to lunch or dine in a Michelin 3 star to experience the French attitude towards food and cooking - it's all around you in Paris, in the markets, in the specialist food shops, in the smart cafés, in the family run bistros.
This guide mainly covers selected Paris food markets, but also includes a selection of English speaking cooking classes suitable for short-stay Paris visitors and couple of suggestions for a meal cooked by a professional in your own apartment.
Paris has some 65 open-air and 13 covered markets. Here you will find high quality fresh products and a level of professionalism that is often handed down from father to son. In the supermarket-world that most of us inhabit, shops like this are a distant memory.
To enjoy this most delightful and essential part of Paris, even if you are not going to indulge in major cooking, you need to have at least some form of food preparation area and space to sit down and enjoy eating what you have purchased. If you are staying in a hotel you can only sadly walk on by.
A vacation rental should therefore be the preferred choice of any food lover wanting to make the most of this wonderful city, and we have added the reference letters of our nearby properties at the end of each market section.
Note: If you struggle with French and would like help with your shopping, for a modest fee we can arrange someone to accompany you and help you with your purchasing.