Food


From late July through August, Parisians rush to escape the heat and tedium of the city, preferring to spend their long vacations near to the ocean with friends or family. While this means that the metros and buses are less packed and there are fewer lines everywhere, it also means that many businesses close up shop for long periods of time for vacation. Restaurants and shops can be closed from anywhere from just a single week to the entire month of August. It can be difficult to know when certain restaurants will......

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Nothing is more perfectly Parisian than shopping for fresh produce in the open air food markets. The thought of stuffing your shopping basket with delicious loaves of olive bread, fresh fish, perfectly plump tomatoes and deliciously juicy fruit for the family or to bring to a summer picnic is something that many people dream of. In reality, however, these idealized markets can be more than just a little intimidating until you get the hang of it. There are certain habits and rituals to market shopping and, once understood, you will be able......

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It is finally starting to feel like summer here in Paris. What better way to cool off during a warm summer day in the city than eat ice cream? From gelato to frozen yogurt, Paris is full of different options. Here are some of our favorite places to satisfy your craving for glace! Berthillon Berthillon is a probably the most famous ice cream place in all of Paris and some consider it the best ice cream in the world. Not only can you get their ice cream at their main shop on......

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Before arriving in Paris to study abroad a couple years ago, I was told that being a vegetarian in France “would be impossible” and “thank goodness I eat fish because otherwise I would starve.” Aside from my very Parisian host mother who never quite understood that I didn’t eat chicken or that I would like more than a fried egg and apple for dinner, I was pleasantly surprised that everyone had been wrong and it was, and is, easy to be a vegetarian in Paris. It certainly helped that I ate fish.......

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In celebration of Friday and to make up for the rainy weather, the SFP office went to Nanashi for lunch today. We had heard delicious things about this japanese-style dining spot and wanted to taste it for ourselves. We hopped off at metro Poissionniere on line 7, an area that is super hot for dining at the moment, to check out Nanashi’s flagship location. Chef Kaori Endo, formerly of Rose Bakery, serves up his specialty, the bento box, in a meat, fish or vegetarian option on a bed of wild rice and......

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We tried this tiny 16 seat restaurant last week for a nice weeknight out. Chef Akihiro Horikoshi, who has spent the last two decades at L’Ambroisie before opening his own place, met us at the door with all smiles and showed us to our table. The minimalist, crisp and clean interior with white walls, counters and floors is brought to life with the red accents of the low-hanging lights that put a shining spotlight on the delicious dishes Horikoshi whips up in the tiny open kitchen. At night, the menu is a......

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As the weather warms, Parisians spill out onto the quays and into the parks for leisurely weekend and weeknight picnics. As avid picnickers, we at SFP have compiled a few picnicking tips to help you bring in the sunshine: 1.    Location, Location, Location! Buttes Chaumont, 19eme |  Large park with rolling hills, tons of open grass and trees, waterfalls and a lake. Canal St. Martin, 10eme  |  While there is little greenery and the small stretch along the water can get quite crowded on Saturday afternoons, this is a trendy picnic spot......

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A very good friend did something wonderful and thoughtful for me, and to thank her, I wanted to take her somewhere special. Agapé Substance was definitely the place. The restaurant had been on my radar for a while but given the price range, it was out of my “average night out” budget. As this was a special occasion, I reserved our lunch table a little over a week in advance, for a meal that would tantalize our taste buds for weeks to come. Practically walking right past the well-disguised exterior (that looks......

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There is no question that we would all love to live the dream life of a Parisian, stopping off daily at the butcher, the cheese shop, the produce store, outdoor markets etc., smiles on our faces, picking up our supplies for dinner or a Sunday lunch, however, the reality of food shopping in Paris can take some time to get used to. That is why we are pleased to announce the first installation to our Paris Food Shopping Guides. With these guides we will take a focus on specific products, stores, markets,......

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It is no secret that we at SFP are huge coffee fans, however, it has been quite an experience finding a good cup of coffee in Paris! In a country where coffee drinking is such a part of the culture, this may be hard to believe. My years of frustration with my daily café were frequently met with reactions of shock from visitors and friends abroad: Are you seriously telling me that there is no good coffee in Paris? Paris!? Unfortunately, yes. The average coffee in Paris has a wide range of......

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