The city of love.  The district of lights. The capital of food. Who doesn't love Paris?

After having spent a year in Paris, it comes to no surprise that I have fallen deeply for the ville d'amour and its mouthwatering gastronomy. Always remaining traditional, French food will never fail to disappoint; fresh bread, buttery croissants and garlic snails are but a few that are testament to the iconic status of French gastronomy, and it is only getting better with time. It may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Paris, but maybe its time that typical clichés were tweaked a little bit… could burgers be the new baguette?

Ha. Of course not! But maybe it's time they are put on the map as a new Parisian icon. The rise of burgers on the Paris food scene has become remarkable, with a range of successful street vans and quirky restaurants taking the stage. Read on to discover two of my favourite burger joints in Paris (there just isn’t enough space for all of them!)

Le Camion Qui Fume

Recommendations: The Campagne

This famous food truck made its way around France serving quite possibly the best burgers I have ever tasted, and it hasn’t stopped growing.

It should be noted that I am a cheese, cream and mushroom fiend, and that doesn’t change when it comes to burgers. With succulent beef dressed with swiss cheese, mushrooms, caramelised onions and mayonnaise, I think you can see why I fell in love with the Campagne burger.

With a queue of hungry Parisians reaching an incredible length, I first discovered this food truck at a Street Food Festival in Paris last summer. After a bit of research, I discovered that you can track the food truck around Paris on its website to find your weekly (or daily…) dose of mouth watering burgers.

In light of its popularity, the burger brand expanded to the River Seine where they set up their new adventure, Le Bateau Qui Fume. Grab yourself a burger on the péniche with friends for a chilled gourmet style experience – the perfect situation for a warm evening by the river with pretty Parisian lights reflecting from the Musée d’Orsay.

And if you think it stops there, you are completely wrong. Following even more of a popularity surge, the born and bred food truck has this year opened their own restaurant, just off the busy Grands Boulevards. Designed with truck-like details and its famous logo, the restaurant is accommodatingly spacious with an upstairs seating section, and it’s open all week long until 11pm! Perfect or what?

PNY (Paris New York)

Recommendations: The Return of the Cowboy and Cream Fries

The Paris New York burger chain is a popular hamburger pit stop for hungry Parisians, with eye catching decor enhanced by patterned floors and dressing table-like light bulbs covering the ceiling, making you feel like you’ve just walked into the ultimate American film diner.

With three restaurants opened in Oberkampf, the Marais and on the famous Rue Faubourg Saint Denis, you can grab one of these Franco-American delights quite easily for a sit down meal or a quick take away.

Everything here is completely home made with beef coming from the artisanal producer Le Ponclet, making their burgers (enveloped in perfectly toasted brioche buns) deliciously authentic and fresh. For me, The Return of the Cowboy was extra special as it not only comes with 9 month matured cheddar, bacon, onion confit and bbq sauce, but also onion rings inside! No wonder its a house favourite…

As for their chips, PNY ensure that they serve the ultimate accompaniment to your burger, offering a variety of styles including traditional French Fries and mouthwatering Loaded Fries immersed in cheddar cheese and bacon. Sticking to my love of cream, I tried to be a bit daring and go for the Cream Fries which come in a creamy Walforf sauce (similar in taste to creme fraiche) with lots of bacon bits. Heartache in a plate you might say, but oh so worth it.

As you can imagine, I was pretty full not too long after absolutely scoffing my face, but if you’re stronger than me then do not hesitate to try one of their desserts or milkshakes that look incredible. But be warned, this is a no-reservation resto, so get there early if you’re planning on eating in!

There is of course a plethora of tonsil tingling burger hubs in Paris, and I would encourage everyone to give them a try. Traditional Parisian gastronomy isn't being reinvented, it is simply outdoing itself, over and over again.

Published by Angel Seeboruth