Street food, a new trend in Paris
“Street Food” is one of the most noticeable culinary trends to hit Paris in the past few years. Farewell MacDonald’s, Quick, Burger King and other mass-produced sandwich shops! It is absolutely no longer possible to resign oneself to patronize such franchises under the pretext of wanting to eat quickly and inexpensively while spending time in Paris! And we are going to prove it to you!
Take a glance at our selection of top “Street Food” concepts throughout the city who have taken up the challenge of making food that is good, and even extremely good, fast and inexpensive! The revival of this cuisine is dependent on, among other things, the use of quality products, which are increasingly local and organic, and a crossbreeding of world cuisines that are accustomed to being prepared on the go.
The new “Food Truck” trend
The new food trucks render the more traditional pizza trucks and other food stall somewhat outdated. Be in the know (and in the in the 2.0 era) so that you may find and treat yourself to these fabulous little machines on the streets of Paris! Tip: one of the most useful tools to find a location nearest you is the website: www.pouet-pouet.com.
Also there are more than 100 food trucks that now roam the streets of the city! Here, we have tried to highlight a few that might satisfy your sudden cravings, be they sweet or savory.
It is, however, also useful to know that, due to their success, a large number of these trucks now have fixed locations that offer the same services.
Want a burger?
“Le camion qui fume” (for gourmet burgers)
The choice of burgers at “the smoking truck” is limited, but as the saying goes, the best restaurants don’t necessarily have menus with the most variety.
“Le Réfectoire” (burgers, and French-style know-how)
For Valentine, the adventure began in 2012 when everyone saw the truck in the final episode of Top Chef, or at large festivals like Solidays or Rock en Seine… Then, in 2013, his truck “Le Réfectoire” won trophies for the “best burger” and the “best dessert” at the British Street Food Awards.
“Cantine California” (organic French and Californian recipes)
Conceived by a French-American couple, their concept truck serves to unite quality French products with recipes that are typically Californian, thus giving Parisians a moment of welcome culture shock (burgers, tacos, and house desserts).
A taste for the exotic?
“Le Camion Bol” (Vietnamese cuisine)
This pretty, colorful truck updates the tradition of the street food found in Vietnam. It offers Vietnamese cuisine that is aromatic and flavorful, yet which marries local European produce and meat with that of other places.
“Mozza & Co.” (Mozzarella and Italian specialties)
The mozzarella is the highlight of this black, vintage-looking “mobile trattoria,” which offers three different varieties: the classic “Buffala,” the “Affumicata,” and the “Straciatella”.
“The Sunken Chip” (fish & chips…So British!)
Breaded and fried white fish, fries and pea puree are the basic ingredients of this very British white and blue striped truck. The fish comes from Finistère, where it is fished under ethical conditions, and varies according to the season.
“Le Bügelski Deli Comptoir” (American bagels)
In this attractive black and yellow truck, the bagels are prepared with fresh ingredients (fresh bread from the bakery; sandwiches prepared on site).
You fancy dessert?
“Glazed” (organic and regular ice cream)
The range of “Glazed” offerings is as limited as it is inventive and original. Their creations are always in season, organic, and environmentally conscious.
“Marguerite du Pré” (organic frozen yogurt)
Painted in spring colors, these trucks offer artisanal organic frozen yogurt made with natural ingredients, without any coloring or artificial preservatives added (and 0% fat).
New “Fast Foods”
If we put aside the food trucks for a moment, the city has also been bestowed with quality “fast foods” in the form of chains or small independent restaurants. The success of certain (originally unique) stores was so explosive that within just a few years they were able to multiply, opening additional storefronts in the heart of the capital. Alongside these, there are also myriad smaller establishments of express “concept” fast food restaurants – so unique that you will regret not having tried them sooner.
“Bagelstein” (the madness of bagels – eat in or take out)
This chain is now extremely popular in Paris and one can spot a number of them in each arrondissement. The company’s core concept is that you are able to customize your sandwich (as you please, selecting the bagel, the ingredients, and the sauces you like).
“Blend” (delicious burgers – eat in or take out)
From the bread to the dessert, everything here is made in house. The beef comes from France or Ireland. In fact, “Blend” has been so successful that we can now count no fewer than four locations in the city.
“Frenchie To Go” (Anglo-Saxon street food – eat in or take out)
This improved version of the traditional “deli,” – or American style take-out – offers typical breakfast fare all day long, as well as delicious sandwiches: pastrami (prepared by the chef himself); smoked pork; hot dogs; fish and chips; and desserts like cheesecake, brownies or muffins.
“Fich” (fish & chips – eat in or take out)
In this pretty little shop, one can order savory breaded fish and complement them with either classic or sweet potato fries.
“Paris New York” (burgers forever – eat in or take out)
One comes to “PNY” for the enormous, dripping burgers, sometimes double, and their “loaded fries” (signature matchstick fries with aged cheddar and bacon.
The smaller eateries
The concept of the “canteen” is extremely popular in Paris. This type of place, a bit cramped, furnished with the most basic tables and chairs reminiscent of childhood, are currently multiplying at a prolific rate. The cuisine made in these refreshing establishments can, for the most part, be eaten on site or may be taken to go for a quick meal on the run. Prices here are generally quite reasonable, and do not really exceed that of traditional fast food. In light of contemporary world cuisine, the spirit is often in the combination of the basic elements of products that are selected for the quality of their flavors.
We have created a small list of this genre’s more charming locales:
“Auguste” (small savory canteen – eat in or take out)
At “Auguste” everything is fresh, prepared to order (sandwiches, salads, daily specials, soups, smoothies), copious, savory, and all made in house.
“Les Marmites Volantes” (ethical cafeteria – eat in or take out)
In keeping with their “cuisine de marché” (or cooking from the market) philosophy, “Les Marmites Volantes” always offer a fresh vegetarian dish. You can order in and a delivery person on a scooter will bring whatever you have selected.
“La Pointe du Grouin” (Small Breton cafeteria – eat in or take out)
Here, the culture shock is complete. In this charming little canteen, which feels more like a tavern, one pays not with Euros or coins, but with “grouins.”
“Nanashi” (Japanese canteen – eat in or take out)
Despite any reservations one may have with regard to the idea of this chic bohemian cafeteria (higher prices than average, and an especially impressive queue), Nanashi’s two locations in Paris are really not to be missed if you like the idea of contemporary fusion cuisine with a Japanese twist.
“Soul Kitchen” (small cafeteria/coffee shop – eat in or take out)
If you arrive at the right moment, or you take your order to go, we bet that you will be fairly surprised by the “arty” and generous feeling of the place and the nice food, a bit bohemian, shared with a large space reserved for vegetarians.