French food is famous the world over for its creamy cheeses, delectable sweet treats and savoury dishes that fill stomachs over a perfectly matched wine.
When traveling through France, it is best to put any thoughts of a diet out the window and enjoy eating your way around the country.
Here is a list of food items that must appear on any must-try list when visiting France.
This delicious buttery and flaky bread roll features heavily on continental breakfast menus around the world but no one does it better than the French in France.
To achieve the exact texture, the dough is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times in succession and then rolled into a sheet.
Heralding back to the Middle Ages, this crescent shaped bread item has long been a top seller in French bakeries and patisseries.
Absolutely delicious with ham and cheese or just served plain and slightly warm to bring out the buttery taste, you’ll enjoy starting the day munching on one of these. Or even better, choose the chocolate route and request a pain au chocolat!
Crème glacée (ice-cream)
Walk around any French town in the summer months and you will see locals and tourists alike enjoying one of these cold desserts. Choosing a flavour from the many on offer might almost be one of the hardest things you do while enjoying a relaxing holiday.
Some of the top flavours are:
Au café – coffee
Au cassiss – blackcurrant
Au chocolat – chocolate
A la banana – banana
A la fraise – strawberry
A la nosiette – hazelnut
A la pistache – pistachio
Recently taking over the cupcake as the latest must-have sweet treat in social circles around the world, this particularly tricky to make meringue confection will attract any sweet tooth. Made with eggs, icing sugar, granulated sugar and almost powder, the coloured macaron is filled with a ganache between the two circular bases. Flavours can range from raspberry, lemon and nutella. Delicious!
This dish of cooked land snails is normally perceived as the quintessential ‘must-try’ French delicacy. Commonly served as an appetizer, they are often cooked in garlic butter.
With 350-400 distinct types of cheeses available in France, no cheese platter or picnic will ever be left lacking. Some of the more popular cheeses include Camembert, Brie, Roquefort, Reblochon, Pont l’Évêque and Chèvre.
Best paired with bread and wine for the ultimate enjoyment.
A delicious street food item, there is nothing more satisfying than standing on the footpath in chilly winter conditions while munching on a hot Nutella crepe. A very thin pancake made from wheat flour, the name come from the Latin word which means ‘curled’. Commonly served with sweet fillings such as lemon sugar and nutella or a variety of savoury options including cheese, mushrooms and other vegetables.
This is a traditional Provencal fish stew that is best enjoyed at a waterside restaurant in the south of France. There are normally three kinds of fish in a traditional bouillabaisse including red racasse, sea robin and European conger. It also includes other types of seafood and vegetable such as leeks, onions, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. What makes it different is the special selection of local Provencal herbs which are added to the broth.