October 19, 2014


While most of this blogs chronicles “how weird I think everything French is,” it’s becoming harder and harder to do, as I’ve become steadily more accustomed to life here (five years might do that to a person).

Last weekend, I felt especially comfortable in my little French life. I felt especially Parisian, and it all started off with tacos.

I had given up on ever tasting Mexican food worth eating in France, but then I moved to Paris and had a colleague who was equally desperate for good Mexican food.

After some quick internet research, we decided to go try a little hole-in-the-wall place over by the Canal St. Martin called El Nopal. It was maybe the best decision of my life. The tacos were heavenly, and it wasn’t just my lowered expectations talking.

El Nopal.

Since there is no seating at the restaurant, I (and many others) have made a habit of taking my tacos and beer over to the banks of the Canal St. Martin to bask in the sun’s rays and enjoy the nice view.

Delicious vegetarian tacos.

On this particular visit, after savoring the tacos while engaging in nice conversation, my friends and I walked along the canal and even got to witness a péniche (barge) leveling out the water to make its way up the canal. We stumbled upon a few vide dressing (sort of like pop up second hand stores), and once we made it to the Marais we visited several art galleries.

As evening settled in, we found ourselves on the terrace of a small Parisan café, enjoying glasses of varying varities of French wine.

Before having lived here for so long, I would think eating non-French food would probably be the least Frenchy thing I could do. Even though I already knew that the French eat Mexican food too (the lines outside of El Nopal are a testament to such), it didn't fit into my definition of "French." Now I know better.

I can have my Frenchness, and eat (delicious) tacos too.

Check it out:
El Nopal
3 Rue Eugène Varlin, 75010 Paris


  1. Replies
    1. It is! Next time you come to visit we'll go :)

  2. My favorite "mexican" place is El Sol y La Luna on rue st jacques in the 5th. You can't beat their generous servings and their 2-course+coffee lunch special for 10€!

    And of course there's always the three Chipotles scattered across Paris if you're looking for a gigantic burrito and a taste of home. :)

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I'll definitely check out El Soy y La Luna. I've been meaning to check out the Chipotles here but I was never a super fan back home (I prefer "mexican" rice in my burritos to white rice, but perhaps they offer both now?). Anyway, thanks again!


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