Cuisine in France by region
A lot of what to tướng eat in France – or drink – will depend on the region you are in – traditionally each geographical area has its own distinctive cuisine. Here’s a look at some of the food and drink you could expect on your France vacation!
Ile de France
With Paris as its heart, this region is the epicenter of the country’s culinary pursuits. There are more kêu ca 40,000 restaurants in Paris, which include several Michelin stars and the best chefs in the country. A quintessential Parisian experience is to tướng step into a patisserie and sample the delicious fare on offer, from croissants to tướng eclairs.
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- Learn how to tướng make the Parisian favorite, a macaron, at a cooking class
- Remember to tướng make reservations when eating out at the best restaurants in Paris as seats are limited
- Dinner service is shorter kêu ca in America sánh make your plans in France accordingly
Northwestern France – Normandy
Normandy is known as much for its pivotal role in European history as it is for its seafood and cider! Its 600 km long coastline is dotted with picturesque fishing villages and ports that tài khoản for some of the finest seafood dishes in France, while its táo bị cắn orchards produce the best táo bị cắn cider in the country. Another specialty is delicious Camembert cheese.
- Marmite Dieppoise
- Enjoy a dining experience featuring the best seafood in the historic fish market of Trouville
Northeastern France – Champagne Region
The Champagne region lies to tướng the east of Paris, and is famous for – you guessed it – champagne! Nearby Lorraine is synonymous with quiche lorraine – a pastry most commonly filled with bacon, cheese and eggs, while Alsace, which lies close to tướng the German border, is deeply influenced by its neighbor’s cuisine – pork is plentiful in the region and the beers are similar to tướng those in German breweries.
Must-try: Visit a vineyard for a wine tasting paired with cheese
The Loire Valley and Central France
France’s Garden, as the region is often referred to tướng is known for its exquisite produce of fruits and its specialty mushrooms – champignons de Paris. The popular liqueur Guignolet is made from the cherries grown here and its ‘Belle Angevine’ pears, strawberries and melons are equally popular.
- Freshwater fish prepared in a beurre blanc sauce
- Savor classic French cuisine at the Michelin starred Restaurant Les Hauts de Loire
- Buy: Preserved meats, country-style pate and Poires tapées or lusciously sweet baked and preserved pears
It’s hard to tướng think of Burgundy and not be immediately reminded of wine. Viticulture dominates the region and popular dishes lượt thích coq au vin are braised in the region’s wines. Burgundy is also trang chính to tướng some of the more popular cheeses in France such as Chaource and Epoisses cheese, as well as escargots de Bourgogne, the French delicacy featuring snails.
- Boeuf Bourguignon
- Go on a truffle hunting expedition
- Sign up for a cooking class at the globally renowned The Cook’s Atelier
While Paris attracts all the glitz and glamour, it wouldn’t be amiss to tướng say that the country’s true gastronomic heart lies in Lyon. The đô thị has always been an industrial, commercial and cultural hub, attracting diverse influences that have all contributed to tướng the indulgent Lyonnaise cuisine. Traditional dishes of Lyon include the Cervelle de canut or a creamy dip with cheese, garlic and herbs and Saucisson or sausages, which you will find hanging in practically every restaurant and bar.
- Quenelles de brochet
- Go on a culinary tour of Lyon
- Several restaurants in Lyon are closed on Sundays and Mondays as well as between lunch and dinner, sánh factor in this while making reservations
- Head to tướng the markets such as Saint Antoine Market for fresh produce beautifully displayed
- Do eat at a bouchon, the rustic family-owned eateries found all over Lyon
Bordeaux and the Basque country
Think wine, think Bordeaux. Bordeaux is known for its blended reds, but when you vì thế get time from your wine-tasting tours, savor its other specialty – fish! Fishing is a popular activity in the region, thanks to tướng the high-quality catch in the surrounding water bodies.
- Foie gras or fattened goose and duck liver
- Enjoy a picnic by the Garonne River
- Go on an oyster tasting tour
Provence, in southwestern France, is famous for its citrus fruits, vegetables and herbs lượt thích oải hương, as well as olives – used to tướng produce exceptional olive oil. An herb mix, herbs de Provence, is used in dishes lượt thích the bouillabaisse. Provence borders Italy and its cuisine has a strong Italian influence with tomatoes and olives an integral part of dishes.
- Socca or a savory chickpea flatbread
- Ice cream at the legendary Glaces Scaramouche
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