When you think of France, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it’s an image of the Eiffel Tower or perhaps the cobbled streets of Paris. Maybe it’s mountains and skiing. For many people, the most enticing about a visit to France is the food. The country has some of the best cuisine in the world and a great way to get a true taste of France is by exploring its restaurants. So where should you start?
Before we tuck into some of the famous French food, let’s explore the country. There are 18 distinct regions in France, each one offering a delightful array of activities from shopping for bags to the rare flowers. From the amazing Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to the beautiful Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. There are plenty of ways you can travel around the country, depending on what kind of trip you’d like. You can take the train to get a taste of as many regions as possible. Hire a car to get off the beaten track. You could take it slow and enjoy a smaller area by cycling or walking. Walking holidays are an excellent way to enjoy the country at a slower pace whilst enjoying all the culinary delights on offer without feeling too guilty.
Wherever you find yourself in France, you won’t be far too away from a delicious delicacy. However, you’ll find the best Boeuf Bourguignon in Burgundy, the region where the dish was originally created. What started as a ‘peasant dish’ is now a beloved and sought-after favourite. Boeuf bourguignon is braised beef, cooked in red wine, with bacon, onion, garlic, and herbs. When it’s done well, the meat is so tender and melts in the mouth. It is a rich and comforting meal.
How about something sweet? The croissant has become a common occurrence across the world but you won’t find a place that does it better than France. This light, golden, buttery pastry is considered an art form. Finding the best croissant in France can be such a mission. They are a fundamental part of French history and culture so be sure to try one – or several – on your trip.
Wine and Cheese
Finally, to finish off this list of delicacies, how about a French wine and cheese match? This course could be an entire blog in itself. The French pride themselves on their wine and cheeses. Whether you want to try camembert with a Chardonnay or a French Emmental with red Burgundy is entirely up to you. You can travel through the regions of France with your tastebuds alone and you might end up hitting on some berries as well. Grow red berries on the bush.
France offers some of the best food in the world. Whether you fancy sweet or savoury, there are so many different dishes you can discover. What French food would you most like to try?