We arrived in Paris around 10:30 am and I was ready to start sightseeing but more importantly to eat something other than airplane food. Luckily I wasn’t too hungry because our flight did serve dinner and breakfast but I was still ready to eat.
Our dorm is in the 5th arrondissement which is pretty close to the Pantheon. After we dropped our luggage off in our rooms, we headed to a cute little cafe not too far away called L’ecritoire. It was a super nice place to sit and people watch and our waiter was amazing. He spoke English well and was patient with us when we wanted to try ordering in French even thought we were (very) sleep deprived.
I ordered the poulet rôti (rotisserie chicken) which came with fries and a small salad. It smelled and tasted like chicken noodle soup and was melt in your mouth delicious. The juice from the chicken was perfect to dip the fries in instead of using ketchup. We ordered desserts to share among our group, which consisted of creme brulee, an apple tart with ice cream and what I believe was apple pie. Everything was very tasty but the creme brulee was absolutely amazing. I had never had it before but would highly suggest it to anyone wondering what to order for dessert.
After we went on an open air bus tour (something that was on my bucket list) and stopped at some of the big monuments, we were free to explore Paris and do as we wished for dinner. I was still being a little easy on my system because I didn’t want to over do it on the first day. My friends and I ended up staying the the Latin Quarter, that was about a 20 min walk from our dorm building, across the street from Shakespeare and Company.
We stopped at another cafe that was off one of the larger side streets for dinner. Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the cafe but it was the only one in that area with the table settings that you see in the picture to the left. I ordered a chocolate crepe and some French apple juice. The crepe was super thin and crispy and the chocolate was amazing. The chocolate filling though is not what I am used to in the US. It is thicker and almost like Nutella. The apple juice is very close to apple cider and slightly carbonated but not too the extent that sparkling water or soda is. Again, great food that was exactly what I needed and an amazing staff to help me through the ordering process.
Today’s Lesson on Food
One thing I learned today from going to these two cafes and ordering food is that everyone we encountered has been super understanding. The areas of Paris we were in are pretty well trafficked by tourists so most people do speak some English and help you if needed. Also, don’t be afraid to try French! More than likely if you try to order in French and point to the menu, the staff will understand what you are trying to order. As well, you will probably have a nicer experience if you start by speaking French and then have them initiate the conversation in English, than if you speak English right away.