Paris Travel Planner   French Cuisine - Food & Wine in France
You've enjoyed French food and wine at home. You'll be surprised and delighted to find the great variety and appeal of regional cuisines all over France.




French cuisine is believed by many to be the best in the world.

Why is it so good?

Because France is a fertile country of many rivers lying in a variety of climate zones. From the palm-lined shores of the Mediterranean to the icy heights of Mont Blanc, France has every sort of habitat for raising high-quality ingredients, and 3,427 km (2,130 miles) of seawater coastline for fruits de mer.

Visitors to France are in for a treat because the "French cuisine" they know at home is only part of the pleasure. The regional cuisines of France offer many more delights.

Here are some of them:


Alsace is a delight, with two cuisines in one, French and German. Choucroute (sauerkraut) and knacks (sausages) are ubiquitous, along with tarte flambée (flammeküche). More...


Famed for their wine, Burgundians have developed just the cuisine to accompany it: besides coq au vin and boeuf bourguinon you'll find escargots de Bourgogne (snails in butter, garlic and parsley), jambon persillé (country pâté of parsleyed ham and pork), and oeufs en meurette (eggs poached in red wine). Dijon mustard is de rigueur, of course, as is a kir (crème de cassis in white wine) before dinner. More...


Crêpes and cidre, of course, but also abundant seafood: moules frites (steamed mussels with french fries), huitres (oysters), and lots of fish. For dessert, kouign amann, an addictive treat which might be described as butter held together by flour and sugar. Calvados as a pousse-café. More...


Abandon your diet all ye who enter here: Dordogne, also known as Périgord, is where you dine on fois gras, confit de canard, truffles, and other calorie bombs. More...

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Produce market, Dijon, France

Why is French cuisine so good? They have the best ingredients. This is the produce market in Dijon.

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