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What food/food experience does Paris do better than any other city?

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What food/food experience does Paris do better than any other city?

chloehk | Apr 18, 2012 06:14 PM

I am tremendously excited to be spending two weeks in Paris this August.

It's been more than 15 years since I last visited and my strongest memory was of buying a slice of some simple, not-too-sweet type of cheesecake en route to the Centre Pompidou and seriously considering dashing all of my painting-viewing plans and spending the entire rest of the trip in bakeries.

As I sift through the vast stores of information on eating in Paris on this board and elsewhere...I am wondering, what are the food experiences one can have in Paris that are unmatched anywhere else in the world?

I realize this is a bit like asking an Olympic athlete what sport she's good at, but I'd like to strip away recommendations for things that are also good in Tokyo, NYC, London, etc.

Also, since there are so many romantic food memories of Paris out there, I'm hoping to learn what is extraordinary about food in Paris today.

Some things on my radar...PhilD said in another thread that charcuterie in Paris can match or best the best pork in Hong Kong (totally different cuisine, but nonetheless)...I read on the NYTimes food blog of incredible creativity with color at L'Astrance...and, of course, I'd be curious to experience firsthand the epitome of Michelin 3* quality somewhere...and I love bistro food so much...

Thank you in advance for your comments!

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