French cuisine and culinary traditions are long and varied. There is simply no way to take in everything that France’s food culture has to offer in one lifetime, much less a short visit. That said, there are certain foods that every visitor to Paris or elsewhere in France will have to try at least once.
No trip to Paris would be complete without trying a delicious French baguette. Freshly baked… maybe toasted… there is nothing quite like this French classic accompanying your favourite cheese, lunch meat, or just a bottle of wine.
Baguettes in France are notoriously cheap and at many places can be bought for less than a full euro! We recommend you get yours at a local bakery to get the best experience!
Little explanation need be given to justify the inclusion of these colourful, delicious treats into our list of 10 French Foods you simply must taste. The Macaron is a meringue based treat made with egg white, icing sugar, and almond powder. They are often filled with ganache, butter creme, or jam. The multitude of flavours they come in means you will never get sick of this fantastic French treat!
While perhaps not something that initially jumps out as a delicious thing to try, escargot is, in reality, quite amazing and can be prepared in so many different ways. The snails are usually cooked in garlic butter, chicken soup or a wine. After this the meat is returned to the snails shell and a sauce is put on top. Special forks to extract the meat will be provided to you at most restaurants. This is truly one of the more classic, and sophisticated french foods that you must try!
Often times the best experiences in life are the ones that are most simple. For example, walking past a bakery window early one morning in Paris and smelling these pastries is a truly unrivaled experience. The croissant is delicious any time of day, however, they are commonly enjoyed as a part of the French “petite dejeuner”. Similar bakes pastries such as pain au chocolate make for an equally fantastic treat.
5. French Cheese
Of all the French foods that we recommend to you on this list, there may in fact be nothing better than the wide assortment of cheeses that are found within the country. From bries, to blues…. there really is a cheese out there that will satisfy everyones own specific tastes. The next time you find yourself in a Parisian café, try ordering a charcuterie board to experience several of them.
Whether savoury or sweet, a crêpe is perfect for breakfast, lunch or even just a quick snack on the go. The classic french recipe calls for a crêpe to have butter and sugar within it, but we would suggest you do not limit yourself to just this. Here in Paris there are many crêperies and many of these places will prepare your crêpe right in front of you, putting on them whatever you might like. For a tasty dessert crêpe, we recommend trying one wrapped around Nutella!’
7. Croque Monsieur
This delicious sandwich is perfect for those needing a quick, affordable meal that is both delicious and satisfying. The Croque Monsieur is simply a baked or fried ham and cheese sandwich usually served on a brioche like bread. Throw a poached egg on top of that and you have yourself a Croque Madame… Considered by French café culture to be more of a quick snack than a meal, these are perfect for those wanting to take a quick respite from exploring to refuel. We highly recommend you enjoy this delicious French food with a little bit of mustard to give it that extra kick.
8. Crème Brûlée
No one does crème Brûlée justice quite like the French do. For a marvellous dessert, look no further than this. Crème Brûlée is delicious and will make the perfect conclusion to any meal. Served in a small dish, the base of this tasty French food is made of a custard, usually flavoured with vanilla, and topped off with a hard layer of caramel. Sweet-tooth or not… this is a must try treat for anyone hoping to truly experience the diversity and culinary excellence found in France.
9. Foie Gras
For a true delicacy look no further than this savoury French specialty. Foie Gras is essentially just a goose or duck liver that has been fattened intentionally. The flavour is often described as being rich, buttery and delicate. For anyone looking to sample a luxury food, look no further. This image here shows foie gras served with green onions in a duck jus. Delicious!
10. The Wine!
Finally, while technically not a food… we couldn’t find it in our hearts to leave this one out. When visiting France, you would be doing yourself a huge disservice by not trying the wine. Wine in France is quite literally often times cheaper than water. France, being one of the worlds largest producers of wine, is bound to have a bottle of vin to suit everyone’s specific taste preferences. So tour a wine cellar, explore a vineyard… or just kick back at a café with your favourite red and watch the world go by.
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