All About French Food – Including How To Cook It At Home

Foie gras from Dordogne, escargots from Burgundy, oysters from Brittany & baguettes from the corner boulangerie! Whether it's a simple sandwich jambon or a 5-course meal, the French food should be a highlight of your trip to Paris, and we're here to help you make it so.

All the best of the foods of France find their way to Paris, the capital of gastronomy. And the food is one of the reasons we love to be in Paris. From an impromptu picnic on the Champs de Mars with a 5€ bottle of Bordeaux and a wedge of creamy Camembert, to a multi-course meal at La Grande Cascade, it will also be your duty (and pleasure) to discover the bounty of best of French food.

Famous French Foods

Famous French Food

As everyone knows, the food of France is word famous, and justly so. No matter where it originates in the country, the best French foods find their way to Paris.

Ao, it's worthwhile before you hop on the plane to learn a little bit about some of the fabulous foods you'll find that may not be all that common — or quite as good — back home.

Guide to Paris Food Stores

Guide to Paris Food Stores

Caviar, foie gras, oysters, cheese, champagne and of course, truffles.

For many regular visitors (like us!) and for would-be travelers, Paris food has an irresistible pull to the City of Light.

To get the biggest bite of French gourmet food plan your culinary itinerary in advance, starting with our Guide to Paris Food Stores.

Food Markets in Paris

Gourmet Food Markets

Ever wondered what famous French foods your'e going to find in a Paris street market or one of the city's covered markets?

The tradition of weekly and daily markets in France goes back perhaps 2000 years, and it's still strong today. It's where we always find the greatest selection and the freshest, best-looking and tastiest products.

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Join us on a virtual walk as we learn all about French markets, unearth the mysteries of the AOC system and find out what all those mysterious produce signs mean!

The Best Baguette in Paris

The Best Baguette in Paris

Bread is taken seriously in Paris.

Every year, the Office of the Mayor holds a competition for the best baguette, the results are published, the list is debated in the media, and Parisians flock to the winning bakeries.

The grand prize winner of the Grand Prix de la Baguette de la Ville de Paris has the honor of supplying baguettes to the President of France at the Élysée Palace for the entire year.

Food & Wine Activities

Food & Wine Activities

By now it's clear that food is an important part of French and Parisian life, so it should also be an importnat part of your visit.

You'll get a great head start by reading the guides we've mentioned in this article, but if you want to really get into the culinary culture, we always recommended you sign up for a couple of food activities while you're in Paris.

We've collected some of our recommendations and tell you how to book. Remember, though, be sure to book in advance, before you leave home.

Easy French Recipes at Home

Easy French Recipes

After all this talk about the great French food in Paris you probably want soe right how. (At last if you're like us!)

It's easier than you might think to turn your kitchen into a French bistro — we do it every night! We're happy to share our recipes with you. So have a look at ten or so staples of French cooking.

French Dessert Recipes

French Dessert Recipes

The only really good way to end a French meal is with a French dessert.

Some of the desserts you've eaten in Paris restaurants may have looked complicate, but they're easier than you think. We'll share with you four fairly simple recipes that will delight your friends and family. Just don't let on how easy they were!

Paris Food Facts

Paris Food Facts

As we have said many times, Paris is a food city, perhaps the food city, and there are not only a lot of gourmet comestibles but a lot of food lore.

Did you know, for instance, that 97% of Parisians eat a baguette every day?

Here are a few more fun food facts.

  • French law dictates the only three ingredients a baguette can contain — flour, yeast and salt. A baguette also must weigh in at 250 grams. The law was established to keep the precise standards of this essential French food.
  • There are over 1,000 varieties of French cheese, and what sets them apart is that many are made from unpasturized milk, resulting in greater fragrance and flavor.
  • There are outdoor food markets found throughout the city, and they've been around since the 10th century.

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