Guide to
Famous French Food

Great Food Comes to Paris from
All Regions of France

Caviar, oysters, cheese, truffles, beef. Great French food comes from all corners of France to its capital, and is found in Parisian restaurants, shops, markets and bistros. One of our greatest joys when in Paris is to discover, learn about and eat more of the produce of the country.

Food is most definitely an important part of French culture, and les français treat it both seriously and with joy.

All of the best food produced in France is subject to stringent regulations to ensure the food quality and that consumers know what they are buying.

Most of the food standards are embodied in the AOC system, or Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (controlled designation of origin). Early examples of controlled designation systems date back to the 15th century. Champagne and Roquefort are two familiar examples.

For a cheese to be labelled "Roquefort", for instance, it must be produced in that designated region, made with only certain types of milk, from certain cows, in a certain way and aged in certain caves. And so it goes with many types of food in France.

As you can probably tell, we love the foods of France. So, we'd like to share more fascinating information about the special foods you will encounter when you're in the City of Food.

Bon appetit !

French Cheese

French Cheese

Visit a Paris fromagerie with us and get a chance to (virtually) sample some of the 1000 types of cheese made in France today.

What We Learned About French Cheese »



You might know that the French adore crusty bread, but did you know that the baguette was created to make more a bread with more crust?

Our Baguette Adventures in Paris »



Marie Antoinette brought the croissant from Austria, but it was the French who made it famous. Do you think she might have said, "let them eat croissants"?

Read More About Croissants in Paris »

France Food – Caviar


Smoky, silky and delicious, perhaps the most famous French specialty food is caviar. It's been one of our fave food finds in France!

With dwindling sturgeon supplies in the wild, the French make their own caviar by farming sturgeon in the Dordogne. Learn where to find the best caviar in Paris.

French Butter

French Butter

Who are the biggest butter eaters? The French, of course! And it's no wonder — we think the butter they eat is the best made anywhere in the world. Butter even has two AOCs!

What We Learned About French Butter »



Paris is crazy about oysters, and so are we!

Did you know that 90% of the vast French oyster harvest is consumed in France — and about half of the 150,000 metric tonnes annual crop is eaten between Christmas and New Year?

Black Truffles

Black Truffles

Diamant noir, black diamond, is the name given to the precious black truffle – the most prized of French food.

Come along with us on a visit to a trufficulteur in Provence to learn how truffles are grown and harvested. We've also discovered the best places to get truffles in Paris.

French beef, poultry & seafood

French beef

The French are very particular about their meats and so, of course, they strive the have the very best — including hearty French beef, prized Bresse chicken and fresh line-caught fish.

We learned a lot about these meats and more on a visit to a French market . Learn about the amazing history of these staples of French food.

Gourmet Food Markets

Gourmet Food Markets

Ever wondered what famous French foods you can find in a Paris street market?

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

Cooking French Food at Home


Now that we've got your mouth watering it might be time to tell you how to prepare great French meals in your own kitchen.

It's easier than you might think, we do it every night! And we're happy to share our recipes with you.

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