French food by Region: What to eat Where

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When you think of French food you’d be forgiven for thinking surely all good food comes from France. If you ask me, it does. But simply saying “French food” when referring to the likes of fine pastries, quiche lorraine or brie cheese isn’t quite enough. Each food from France originates from a particular region of France, with each region extremely proud of their delicacy. It is such pride that ensures you get the best of each item in its’ region, even if you can find a quiche lorraine at almost every bakery in the country.

So, where should you go for the best of your favourite French food item? Read below for a complete list!

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Île de France

Centring around the French capital, Paris, this area may be considered the epicentre of French culinary pursuits and especially if we narrow it down to just Paris! With great transport connections to the rest of France, almost all visitors to France pass through Paris (its kinda obligatory if you ask me!)

So, the best culinary delights to indulge in in the City of Lights? Think delicate pastries… and lots of them! Start off by trying a macaron, followed up by some brioche for good measure. See here for my favourite patisseries to visit in Paris.






With a seafront location, it comes at no surprise that the region of Normandy specialises in seafood. “Must try” dishes for seafood eaters include matelote (fish stewed in cider) and Moules à la crème Normande (mussels cooked in white wine, cider, garlic and cream). For the non seafood eaters (hello!), go for the Tarte Normande… delicious for sweet tooths!

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Cheese Mongers


I’m sure it also comes as no surprise that the Champagne region of France is famous for, yes, you guessed it; Champagne. Be sure to pair your wine tasting with Brie de Meaux (cheese) for the ultimate pairing! This region is also famous for their sausage offerings – notably andouillette de Troyes (pork sausage) and boudin blanc (white sausage).

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Unsurprisingly, the region of Lorraine is best known for their famous quiche lorraine, which has made its way across the world. The quiche consists of pastry, filled with a centre of bacon, cheese and eggs. Vegetarians will rejoice in the numerous veggie alternatives on offer (so long as it has cheese, I’m there!) Another notable French favourite deriving from Lorraine is the Madeleine (a small cake with orange blossom).

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The Alsace region is one of my favourite in all of France, not just because of the spectacular architecture but also the food! For some reason everything seems to taste better in Alsace (they’ve got a long history of world class pastry chefs), though if you’re looking for a regional speciality, I suggest you start with baeckeoffe or carpe frites. Located on the border to Germany, this region has a heavy German influence so you’ll find plenty of unique dishes (many are more heartier + heavier) that you won’t find elsewhere in France.

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I’ve got two words for you: Foie gras. Being a vegetarian I can assure you that duck/goose liver really isn’t a dish that excites me, but I know plenty of meat eaters who jump at the opportunity to indulge at fancy French restaurants. This dish originates from the Aquitaine region and it is hands down their most famous dish.

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There are a few dishes Limousin is renowned for, but none more exciting to me than a Paté de pomme de terre. This potato pie is a peasant’s dream: plenty of potatoes and plenty of butter. What more could you need!?

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Did someone say Crêpes!? Although you’ll find eleventy-hundred crêpe stands all over Paris, the thin pancakes actually originate from Brittany. Sweet or savoury, hot or cold, these things are your ultimate lunch-on-the-go.



Loire Valley  

The Loire Valley, a day trip from Paris, is another of my favourite regions in France. Beautiful countryside, spring blooms, magical chateaus… I really don’t have a bad memory of this place. Except, of course, when I was offered a “vegetarian” quiche that was very much a tuna quiche. One bite into it and that thing came straight back out. The two dishes most famous here are andouillettes (sausage) and rillettes (paste made from braised pork fat). Neither excite me, but they might excite you!

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I don’t think there’s region of France I have not enjoyed, but definitely in my top three favourite experiences was my visit to Burgundy a few years back. One of my fondest memories was hiring a bicycle and (appallingly) navigating the French roads to arrive on the wine route, vineyard hopping from one town to another. Aside from the wine, escargot is a regional delicacy here, though my veggie preference was the delicious Gruyère Cheese Gougères. Oh – my – goodness. You will thank me later.



And then there’s Provence with its’ quince and aioli. Sure, there are many foods this region is famous for – but for lovers of sauces (and all things drowning in sauce), you can’t beat taste testing aioli in its’ motherland. For those who have been living under a rock, aioli is garlic mayonnaise, sent directly from the heavens above.


Over to you! Do you have any additions you would like to contribute!?

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    Andreina Gomez
    October 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for making me even more obsessed with France! lol …amazing guide! Can’t wait to properly drive around ALL France savoring all of the unique dishes! 🙂

    October 15, 2016 at 3:20 am

    What a beautiful post! I would love to visit some day!

    October 12, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I’m French (from Britanny) and I can say that wherever I travel on the world, I can’t find as such good food as in France 😉

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    October 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    great guide, thanks!:)

    October 11, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    What a great article! Made me hungry hahaha. Yummm!

    Alisha Ricki
    October 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Provence looks so surreal!

    October 8, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    What a beautiful post! You make me want to hire a car and take a road trip around France. I love how you have chased the food around all the different provinces. France really knows how to eat!

    October 8, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    France is the perfect destination for food and wine lovers. My boyfriend and I spent two weeks in the south of France, exploring French culture through regional food. I still can’t believe how good the food is in Provence. We even attended a cooking class and learnt how to make calissons like a true Provence chef!

    Marie - Miles of Happiness
    October 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    In Provence, I would ad the tapenade, the calissons d’aix, and of course the ratatouille.
    So much to eat there, I can’t wait to come back in France!

    Cathy Henton
    October 7, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Hmm – the description of Rillettes as ‘paste made from braised pork fat’ is not only off putting but completely incorrect. Rillettes is made from long slow cooked belly pork that becomes meltingly tender and is then pulled to reveal long strands of sweet meat that is then preserved by pouring over the cooking fat. Like anything it can be moderate or amazing but at its best is delicious served with crusty bread and a memorable regional delight from the Loire.

    Cristina Silva
    October 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    after seeing these pics of sweets and places , now i am really want to go i am really want to go fance once a time in my life. Thanx for sharing this wonderfull collection of images.

    October 6, 2016 at 6:54 am

    As a french I agree 100% with this guyde ! Great 🙂

    Kenza from

    October 6, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for the compilation! 🙂 I am going to be in Paris at the end of the month and am very much looking forward to trying some French specialities. Your “sweets in Paris” post was helpful as well!

    the adventurer
    October 5, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    oh this makes me want to hop on a plane and spend a year traveling France and indulging in all of the local cuisine =o)

    October 5, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    The Rhône-Alpes region where Lyon is located has some of the best food in France (and is home to renowned chefs like Paul Bocuse)… would love to see that added to the list! I couldn’t list any savory dishes off the top of my head, but in terms of desserts the tarte aux pralines is a regional specialty and is SO rich and delicious!

    john @ Rent a car in agra
    October 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Great, these foods are so delicious and yummy. this has made me so hungry and want to eat that food soon.

    October 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I went up to Normandy this weekend to visit Mont Saint Michel and it was a dream! I got to try moules frites à la crème (which was to die for), but Normandy also produces first class camembert cheese! I’m excited to venture out to Provence in particular and try out their specialties 🙂

    Katie //

    Taste of France
    October 5, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    And in Languedoc, there’s cassoulet, the quintessential French country dish–a hot casserole of beans, sausage and duck (though it also can have poultry or rabbit). The Route du Cassoulet passes from Carcassonne to Castelnaudary to Toulouse.
    Carcassonne is the birthplace of Prosper Montagné, who wrote the first Larousse Gastronomique.

    Christie Goyette
    October 5, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Can’t forget Lyon which is the gastronomical capital of France 🙂 You need to try the potatoes lyonnais, quenelles, and the amazing Beaujolais wines! There are lots of little bouchon restaurants around Vieux Lyon where you can get some amazing traditional foods from the region!

    Brooklyn Murtaugh
    October 5, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I have yet to go to France, but the food is the main reason for me to go!
    Oh and all of the exploring!

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