The Channel Tunnel shuttle service – or ‘Chunnel’ as it’s affectionately known – runs speedy services to Paris, meaning it’s possible to enjoy breakfast in France and return for some Great British grub for dinner! Check out our guide to the most delectable of Parisian breakfast locations, as well as some traditional British fare to welcome you home. The Eurostar Chunnel from Paris to London takes around 2 hours, so why not sample the best in UK and French cuisine in the space of 24 hours?
Think of France and croissants will immediately spring to mind. Whilst not the most healthy of breakfast choices, a waistline is far from the mind of any hungry tourist in Paris. A fresh pain-au-chocolat makes the perfect start to a day, though the number of boulangeries in the capital can make choosing that ideal breakfast spot somewhat tricky.
Eric Kayser is an artisan boulangerie names after its owner, who has developed his creations over the years combining traditional techniques with innovative ideas. You can be sure that only the top quality ingredients are used here and as well as pure butter croissants, the bakery also serves up savory and sweet treats. Luckily there are a number of branches across the city, so you should always be within easy reach of their perfect pastries.
For a taste of something sweet with a little more luxury, head to the upmarket Champs Elysees and breakfast at Ladurée. Founded in 1862, this famed sweet shop and salon de thé attracted Parisian high society drawn by its chocolates, pastries and cakes. However, the company is most famed for its macaroons, available in a startlingly wide selection of colors and flavors. The Champs Elysee outpost, with its gold interior detailing and white marble countertops is the ideal spot to sample the most elegant of breakfast treats.
For something a little more low-key spend the morning at Le Pick-Clops, which is a favorite for locals. Located in the neighborhood of Marais, this is a great point for people watching. The café offers efficient and friendly service, and its salmon bagels come highly recommended.
Get a taste of the UK as soon as you arrive home, by seeking out traditional British fare. Clark’s Pie and Mash, near Exmouth Market delivers just what it promises. This is a traditional eatery serving up comforting classics at low prices. The no-frills dishes are served up by friendly staff, with hearty pies complemented by traditional parsley gravy. Trendy restaurants abound in Clerkenwell, though for guaranteed satisfaction, opt for a Pie and Mash dinner.
The go-to for that other English staple – fish and chips – is The Golden Union Fish Bar, in Soho. Opened in 2008, the café/restaurant is a relative newcomer, though still serves up scrumptious dishes and generous portions. The chippy aims to deliver an authentic atmosphere, yet sticks to the modern principles of high-quality ingredients and fast, friendly service. The chips are far from greasy and are fried in a unique oil blend, whilst chefs have created a special beer batter for the fish, alongside the standard offering.
Sipping a glass of red wine, or treating yourself to champagne at an oyster bar are all musts on a visit to Paris. However, this can leave many missing the British pubs and its menu favorites. The Fox and Anchor in Smithfield will definitely satisfy the cravings of even the most devout pub-lover. The dark wood paneling, leather chairs, long stretch of bar and traditional ale on offer make for a real foxes den. Emphasis is on local produce and the menu aims to recreate ye olde English pub culture, featuring the likes of home-made pork scratching, steak and kidney pudding and smoked eel.