French Food Not To Miss When In France

It’s no secret that France has some of the best food in the world. In this post, I wanted to feature some amazing French food that shouldn’t be missed on any trip to France. Here’s my list:

1. Local Markets

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All over France local markets set up shop on a weekly basis. This is where you’ll find amazing, fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, etc. Don’t shy away from these markets. They are beautiful and sell the best food in town!

A couple of notices:

  1. Don’t pick up your own food. Just ask or point to what you want. In the US and Canada, it’s common to pick your own fruit at a fruit stand. Don’t do that, the stand owner will pick for you.
  2. French Food Not To Miss When In France | www.RoamingInPlainSight.comThis is a notice for both markets and butcher shops. If you are buying meat (anywhere), you may accidentally buy horse meat. If a butcher sells horse meat, they legally need to have a sign with a picture of a horse (see image). Just be on the lookout if you don’t want to eat horse.

 

2. Seafood

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France has a huge coastline and they have delicious seafood as a result. This is where you want to buy oysters and mussels and really, any seafood. You’ll love it!

3. Cheese (of course)

 

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You can’t go to France without tasting the cheese. My recommendation when buying cheese is to try new things. Try things that you don’t really know what they are- why not? And also, look for regional cheese. I spent most of my time in Normandy so I tried the local Camembert and Pont L’Eveque.

A bit about cheese:

Cheeses are all named after the town where that cheese originated. So when I said I had Camembert cheese, it’s because I was in the town of Camembert. There are plenty of different options out there. Go explore!

 

4. Desserts

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I lived in France as a child, so obviously, I remember the candy and sweets the best. Above is a photo of a lovely creme brulee I tried. As long as you are only planning to be in France for a couple of weeks, I say just go for it. Try whatever looks like something you might like and haven’t seen before. There’s no shortage of cookies and candies!

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I asked my niece and nephews (who were on the trip with me) about their favorite treats in France.

 

Their response was the Carambar (see image).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Coffee & Croissants

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Of course! When in France, grab a cafe creme (espresso with milk) or a straight espresso if that’s your thing. And add a croissant on the side. It’s a great treat!

Note: Don’t ask for a chocolate croissant. That’s not actually a thing. The reason a croissant has it’s name is because of its shape. It’s shaped like a crescent (kind of). So if you want what Americans call a chocolate croissant, what you are really looking for is a pain au chocolat (which translates as bread with chocolate). They are everywhere and they are amazing!

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