When you travel to a new place to eat, it’s easy to fall into overpriced, second-rate tourist traps that are aimed at cultural outsiders. Of course, the best way to go is to ask around and eat like the locals do — a task that can be tough if there’s a language barrier involved. But the folks at Le Fooding, a French culinary collective aimed at making gastronomic culture less stuffy and more fun, is giving English-speaking travelers an opportunity to eat like a Parisian with a new English-language version of their best-selling app.
Le Fooding’s “2014 Le Fooding Restaurant & Stylish Bedrooms Guide” goes for $6, and gives users the ability to search through approximately 1,000 restaurants throughout France based on style of cuisine, price, and location. If you’re feeling wildly indecisive (and own an iPhone) you can shake your phone and Le Fooding will hit you with a random local food spot. According to the app’s iTunes description, the Le Fooding app will also give you the lowdown on the hippest hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns. Or, in their words, “Fashionable bedrooms all over France for your after-dinner flirtations!” Hey, Paris is the city of love, after all.
According to a report from Yahoo, Le Fooding’s restaurant guide, first released in 2000, outsold the Michelin guide this year. In addition to their restaurant guide, Le Fooding puts events on all over the world, including a series of Brooklyn-centric events in 2012 called Brooklyn Fling.
Adam D’Arpino is the Restaurants Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDArpino.