Where to eat in Paris

Cafe Constant

Is it even necessary to defend these profiteroles? Or is it pretty clear from the photos? They are the best I have ever had, but the food here is fantastic as well. My favorite is the veal cordon bleu.

Josephine Chez Dumonet

If you want to have the best beef bourguignon of your life, go here. I have never ordered anything else and I don't intend to. And book ahead! One of my saddest moments was being turned away when I absolutely NEEDED beef bourguignon. I didn't want it, I needed it. I have not since made the same mistake. 

Pierre Herme

I vaguely remember the days when I thought Laduree had the best macarons in existence, but I try to forget and move on. These guys are UNREAL. I went about a year ago for the first time and I won't look back. I remember going inside, missing the charm of a typical Laduree store, and being turned off by the strange flavors (chocolate passion fruit, rhubard, yikes). Then I took a bite of my friend's chocolate passion fruit after having selected the regulars like salted caramel, chocolate, and vanilla for myself. I immediately went back and ordered a box full of flavors I didn't even want like grapefruit and mint raspberry and lime olive oil and I inhaled them. These are SO GOOD, the flavors are wildly inventive, and there isn't a single one I would say no to now. I know better.

Cafe de Flore

This is a great stop for a coffee break and to people watch. Especially if one loves Giselle and some iconic campaign she apparently shot there (thanks for making me aware, Ty Ty). I can't speak for the food.

Laduree

Okay sorry, Laduree, I didn't mean to be so hard on you above. This is still a BEAUTIFUL store to go into, and a really fun brunch spot. The french toast is actually better than any other.

Au P'tit Grec

I didn't know what a crepe was supposed to be like until I ate one here. I used to think they were flat pancakes with some stuff folded inside, but do you see how this one is more like a gigantic cone stuffed full of goodness? They are so generous here. The line is worth it.

Le Bosquet

All I have to say about this place is RAVIOLI GRATIN. Thank me later.

Le Relais Gascon

Okay yes this place is famous for its salads, but don't worry--they are all covered in fried potatoes. Somehow though, you still feel like you are eating something vastly healthier than anything else you have had on an entire trip to Paris. They are so yummy. And the bakery next door is fab.

Chez Monsieur Royal Madeline

This was where we had our Christmas dinner in 2014 and it has been very special to me ever since. It is super cozy, really close to the Park Hyatt, and that veal stew is SO GOOD. I couldn't believe how delicious it was, as it is surely just a mixture of cream and butter, but I can't imagine being able to recreate it. I wanted to drink all of that liquid. The profiteroles are fantastic as well.