The best street food in Paris
Street food is a rising culinary trend in Paris – the French capital has seen a great surge in the amount of vans and stalls selling delicious snacks and meals, from top burgers to Mexican dishes, crêpes to bagels, offering a wealth of culinary experiences. Here we have found some of the best street food in Paris to take notice of now
The Sunken Chip
For a taste of Britain in Paris head to the 10th arrondissement where the Sunken Chip claims to be the first and only fish and chip shop in Paris. Ethically caught fish are delivered each day, cooked and served with thick-cut English-style chips and classic mushy peas. Everything here is homemade, from the batter on the fish to the sauces. English desserts, such as lemon curd with biscuit crumble and Eton Mess, complete the menu. Eat in or take your meal away and enjoy it while sitting beside the nearby Canal Saint-Martin.
The Sunken Chip, 39 rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris, +33 (0)1 5326 7446
Paris offers plenty of boulangeries and cafés selling sandwiches but for something different seek out Bügelski, a distinctive black and yellow truck that specialises in deliciously filled bagels. Options might include aubergine caviar and farm cheddar, and all the ingredients are sourced from independent artisanal producers. Check out Bügelski’s Facebook page for full details of where to find the vendor.
Bügelski, various venues
Cantine California started as a popular burger and taco truck, bringing authentic flavours of California to the streets of Paris. Now it has a permanent site in the third arrondissement. Using premium organic French meat and bread prepared every day by on-site bakers, this is one of the best burger spots in the capital. Highlights include the Obama, with beef, gouda cheese, rocket, chipotle pepper, mayo and avocado.
Cantine California, 46 rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris, +33 (0)9 8115 5313
For top, genuinely authentic Mexican food in Paris, track down El Nopal in the 10th arrondissement. At this tiny venue customers will find an impressive array of Mexican street-food favourites from burros and tacos to quesadillas – essentially tortillas filled with cheese and then grilled. All the tortillas are created in-house, making El Nopal a favourite with locals and vistors alike. The venue has limited seating so get a takeaway and enjoy it as a picnic beside the Canal Saint-Martin, which is just around the corner.
El Nopal, 3 rue Eugène Varlin, 75010 Paris, +33 (0)7 8639 6346
La Brigade prides itself on sourcing the finest meat from the best butchers in Paris which it serves to the public from a street-food van with a well-equipped kitchen. Customers select beef, duck, breaded chicken or the meat of the day, which is then cooked in the van and offered with a choice of sauces ‒ options include satay, barbecue and Roquefort with honey. All the sauces are homemade, making for some of the best street food dishes in the city.
La Brigade, 132 avenue de France, 75013 Paris
Du Pain et des Idées
For the ultimate French baguette-on-the-go be sure to head to Du Pain et des Idées in the 10th arrondissement. A veritable hotspot, it is one of the most renowned boulangeries in Paris thanks to the way owner Christophe Vasseur bakes according to time-honoured traditions. Vasseur’s most popular bread is the pain des amis (friends’ bread). Made with wheat flour, its nutty aroma is instantly recognisable and its crunchy crust and consistent crumb brings together locals and visitors. Many cross the city for this bread – and it is absolutely worth it. Other highlights include warm rolls filled with pistachio and chocolate, as well as tempting croissants.
Du Pain et des Idées, 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, +33 (0)1 4240 4452
This unassuming venue is one of the best hidden gems in Paris. At the back is a tiny tapas-style wine bar; at the front is a counter serving some of the best crêpes in the city. Join the queue ‒ for there usually is one ‒ and get a takeaway to enjoy while exploring the sixth arrondissement.
L’Avant Comptoir, 3 carrefour de l’Odéon, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4227 0750