Welcome to the first edition of My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.
Today's guest post comes from Edna Zhou, an American sports media journalist who is currently living in Paris. You all may know her from her excellent travel blog, Expat Edna. Edna is a good friend and fellow foodie so please, if she tells you to go to a restaurant and order a certain dish, just do it- she knows exactly what to eat in Paris. Also helpful for finding delicious grub in Paris is her post, 10 under €10: The best places to eat in Paris on a budget.
Without further ado…
Le Nemrod: The classic French brasserie
Le Nemrod is where I take every visiting friend and family member to get a proper first taste of Paris. The decor, from the tables to the bar to the indifferent waiters, seems quintessentially Parisian — but more importantly, they serve the best croque madame I've found in the city. Ham, tomato, egg and warm melted cheese draped over over a large slice of poilâne bread: welcome to Paris. Can you pass the dijon?
Sapporo: The Asian fix
Baguettes and pain au chocolats are all well and good, but I start withering whenever I go too long without Asian food. I have favorite joints for each craving: Vietnamese, Korean, Thai…but when I'm particularly in the mood for Japanese, I get my fix at Sapporo on Rue Saint-Anne (an area also known as Paris' Little Tokyo). The Japanese curry with kimchi is just what the doctor ordered on a gray and dreary Paris day.
Breizh: Crêpes. Crêpes. More crêpes.
If I lived in the Marais, I would be at this little crêperie every day. Breizh serves up galettes, cider, and salted butter caramel all in the Breton style; a meal here is simple yet filling and a party your tastebuds won't soon forget. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but I'm especially a fan of the artichoke galette followed by a plain salted caramel crêpe — accompanied, of course, by a carafe of their dry artisanal cider.
Tuckshop: For a chai and wi-fi
A new find near Republique, Tuckshop is the latest in a string of Australian coffeeshops in Paris. What makes this one stand out though, is the chai lattes on offer, as well as the typically Aussie “avo on toast” (avocado, that is). Add in their scones with strawberry jam, rustic decor, and space for more than fifteen people to sit, and Tuckshop has quickly become my new favorite café to meet a friend or catch up on some work.
La Pompadour: The neighborhood boulangerie
And in the truest sense of “My Local Eats,” La Pompadour is my local boulangerie, where I go a few times a week to pick up a demi-baguette, or the occasional tarte or espresso for breakfast. They were the fourth place finisher in the 2012 Grand Prix de la Baguette, and have the best pain au chocolat I've ever had in Paris. Best of all, because it's out in the 16eme, I've never seen a tourist in there. I couldn't ask for a better boulangerie as my ‘local'.