The Parisian way of doing lunch

One of the joys of spending a few days in Paris is eating out in great restaurants.

However, I also love just eating simple things too and Parisian bistros and bars all do a range of standard simple dishes that are great for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack.

One of my favourite lunchtime snacks is a Croque Madame and some frites, with a glass of Beaujolais or a beer.

A classic Croque Madame

Paris is blessed with some amazing boulangeries and Poilâne is one of the most famous. Their sourdough bread makes a fantastic alternative to the classic croque.

Croque Madame with pain Poilâne

A great alternative to a croque is a crêpe. Originally from Brittany, crêperies are common all over France. In Paris there is a concentration of crêperies and Breton restaurants clustered around the Gare de Montparnasse. Made with buckwheat flour, crêpes come with a variety of fillings; ham, cheese and mushrooms, as shown here, are popular choices. Eggs are also good.

Of course, if you fancy something a bit more formal, you could always choose the Plat du Jour, in this case a nice leg of Poulet Fermier and frites in the Bistrot d’Eustache, which I’ve written about before.

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