Paris, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the iconic tower, its quaint yet metropolitan feel. This, and it's innate ability to comfort visitors in a romantic warmth make it a must for any traveler. But of course the wonderful food on offer in the city deems Paris worthy of a visit alone.
A good place to start when planning a foodie minded trip to Paris is Le Fooding guide. Published annually, the book covers the whole of France but pays particular focus on the restaurant scene of Paris. What makes using this guide different is that it often focuses on the smaller, lesser known establishments, unearthing trends way before they're discovered elsewhere.
You can of course consult the FDL Paris city tasting tour which offers advice on some of the best markets and street food available in Paris. Or follow FDL's advice and take a visit to Louvre, but for once not with the Monna Lisa as the main attraction. We recommend you go there to vist Angelina, the famous tearoom in 226 rue de Rivoli to sample quite simply the most divine hot chocolate ever tasted, l’Africain.
It's obvious there's plenty of attraction in the city, especially for a keen eyed foodie - and if it's a high end dinner experience you're after why not try to be one of the lucy 650 guests to receive an invite to the exclusive dinner hosted by Relais&Chateaux at the Galerie des Batailles in Versailles - Never heard of it? Watch this video to see more.
If you fail to gain entry, don't worry, there's always a falafel. And not any old falafel if you read FDL's guide to finding the best falafel in Paris before your trip. With so many attractions it's hard to see them all when visiting Paris. However, the final must from FDL is to locate and try Michel et Augustin cookies - yes French cookies. Developed by the two friends, Michel de Rovira and Augustin Paluel-Marmont, the cookies are part of one of the quirkiest and fun brands in France. With a remit to "make the best cookies in the world" these are definitely worth the extra effort of spending some time to find and try.
So there it is: visit Paris, take Le Fooding guide, have hot chocolate at the Louvre, visit the many markets, cafes and restaurants. Have a small break, hunt down and try the world's best cookies, the best falafal in Paris and whatever you do, don't forget the secret vineyard. It seems that only one question remains... are there enough hours in the day to do it all?
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