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The iconic high speed train that forever changed travel between London and Paris is the best way to enjoy a gourmet trip. From foie gras, crêpes and macarons to fish and chips, puddings and roast beef, both London and Paris have their unique specialities just waiting for you to try.
As one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, as well as being a top destination for travellers in Europe, the USA and the rest of the world, there is so much cuisine on offer in London that it can be hard to know where to start.
For years, British cuisine had a dismal reputation, but during the past decade, this perception has radically changed.
To taste some of the best of British food, landmark places like the Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Borough Market are not to be missed. The Food Hall at Harrods is home to a wide selection of confectionery, jams, teas and biscuits, as well as excellent wines, restaurants and cafés. At Borough Market, by far the most famous London food market, you’ll find top notch produce and cutting edge gourmet innovations, as well as delicious stalls selling fresh meals and snacks. For a real taste of British tea and biscuits, there is no better place than Fortnum & Mason, the quintessentially British department store that has been enchanting food lovers for almost three centuries.
There are thousands of delicacies to taste in Paris and the options are virtually limitless. The best way, however, is to get to Galeries Lafayette Gourmet and say bonjour to French food.
© Bordeauxthèque, Galeries Lafayette
Spanning over an area of 3,000 square metres in the very heart of the French capital, is Lafayette Gourmet, where only the finest food is on offer. It houses a selection of more than 10,000 fine foods with a focus on quality and authenticity, including traditional products and original creations made with unusual ingredients and exotic flavours. In addition, there are as many as 3,000 vintage wines to choose from.
In the food hall, you’ll find all the unmissable treats you’ve been waiting to sample, like foie gras, truffles, oysters, seafood platters, various cheeses, and hundreds of others. You’ll also find premium products from world known brands like Kusmi tea, Château d’Estoublon oils, Maille mustards, Pralus chocolates and many more. A real food paradise, Lafayette Gourmet is also a mouth-watering delicatessen, where food lovers can sample different cuisines from all over the world at the different tasting bars. You can also take your time to try specialities from a few of the best outlets.
• The Grill Poissons, a fish grill and oyster bar
• Petrossian caviar, salmon and foie gras
• The Sushi Shop
After Galeries Lafayette, don’t miss out on one of France’s famous Ladurée cafés, which you’ll find on the Champs-Elysées. It is the world’s premier luxury shop for macarons, those delightful little treats that come in all flavours and colours. To try some fresh produce, local cheeses and excellent fish, the best place to be is the Enfants Rouges Market – the oldest market in Paris.
The perfect way to end your gourmet tour is by heading to Bordeauxthèque, the largest cellar of Bordeaux wines in the world. Spanning over 250 square metres, it is exclusively devoted to more than 1,000 different Bordeaux wines, from lesser known bottles to the most legendary vintages of all time.
Your gourmet trip starts the moment you board the train, with drinks, meals and snacks to create the perfect interlude to your journey.
In Standard class, you’ll find a variety of delicious food in the bar buffet, courtesy of Waitrose, the UK’s favourite supermarket.
If you travel in Standard Premier and Business Premier, we’ll serve you at your seat. In Standard Premier, you’ll enjoy a light meal, followed by dessert. In Business Premier, you’ll have the ultimate gourmet travel experience, with a three course meal designed with Eurostar’s culinary director – the Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, OBE.