With his hit series Bizarre Foods, omnivoracious world traveler Andrew Zimmern (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) has spent the past half-dozen years blowing viewers' minds eating stuff that would make them blow chunks. He's also made a habit of unearthing the best damn food wherever he goes. Now, he's tipping Thrillist off to the places he goes and things he does when the cameras aren't rolling, though be warned: spend a day in his shoes, and you might end up rolling home yourself.
Behind the Scenes: Andrew Zimmern's Paris
1. Poilâne8 Rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris
2. Cuisine de Bar Marais38 Rue Debelleyme, Paris
3. Frenchie To Go9 rue du Nil, Paris
4. Yam'Tcha4 Rue Sauval, Paris
5. Abri92 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, Paris
6. Le 6 Paul Bert6, rue Paul Bert, Paris
7. Candelaria52 Rue de Saintonge, Paris
8. Silencio142 Rue Montmartre, Paris
9. Four Seasons Hotel George V31 Avenue George V, Paris
10. Hotel Plaza Athénée25 Ave Montaigne, Paris
11. The Westin Paris3 Rue De Castiglione, Paris
12. Deyrolle46 Rue du Bac, Paris
13. Musée des Arts et Métiers60 Rue Réaumur, Paris
This is a bakery that produces what many continue to consider the finest bread in the world. All the breads are surprisingly cheap and will definitely last at least at week, so you can use it to make all the croque-monsieurs you want. They've also got flan, apple tartles, and tons of other baked deliciousness.
Cuisine de Bar is a tartine (open-faced sandwiches) speciality shop that has the food ready-made at the counter, and their sandwiches are always made with fresh Poilane bread.
You'll find fancier restos in Paris, but fare doesn't get more solid than at Frenchie, which does a variety of sandwiches and a quality fish & chips.
You might have a tough time getting in (there are only 25 seats in the house), but if you're lucky, you can experience a six-course Asian-fusion meal accompanied with a perfect tea pairing.
Space is limited inside Abri, but flavor is not, with four-course lunches and six-course dinners, Abri's Japanese cuisine leaves lines winding out the door daily.
This comfy and casual wine bar offers a wide selection of vino, as well as small plates with an emphasis on charcuterie.
Candelaria, in the 3rd arrondissement, is a practically 24hr taqueria that's got all the Mexican goodness you could want, plus a brunch menu and a ton of cocktails, including more than a few filled with tequila. The coolest part of Candelaria is the spot's well-hidden second half: behind an unmarked white door by the kitchen you'll find a DJ spinning alongside the bar that's now considered among the top four cocktail bars in the world according to Tales of the Cocktail.
If you lay down some dough, you can get access to this private club and its numerous films, concerts, and other events, but if not, you and the rest of the general public are free to frequent the place from midnight 'til dawn.
Carrying the Four Seasons name with all the distinction of their hotels around the world, the George V Paris is one of the most beautiful and centrally located hotels in Paris, if you can afford it.
One of the most distinguished and notable hotels in Paris, the Plaza Athenee opened in 1911 and has 145 rooms and 43 suites.
The Westin Paris represents the intersection of luxury and affordability, offering a number of different room options, a revitalizing spa, bars, restaurants, and fantastic views of the city.
Deyrolle is just about the most fascinating shop in Paris, full of curiosities like stuffed lions, birds, tigers, bears, and glass display cases full of insects. Oh my...
One of the city's lesser-know museums, the Musee des Arts et Metiers features a different theme for each room, ranging from the auto industry to television, to all kinds of technology, and much more.