France is the country of foodie’s dreams. Every shop, market, café and restaurant offers up a tantalising range of produce and dishes that just tempt you to stop and taste.
Explore the French capital on culinary tours of Paris
Discover the amazing range of culinary treats that the French capital has on offer. Wander around the charming streets of Le Marais, stroll the aisles of the oldest market in the city, bursting with colourful, fresh produce and artisan treats. Stop off in one of the many cafés and patisseries and enjoy freshly baked bread and croissants, staples of the French diet. Take a leisurely tour of the Latin Quarter, the medieval university district crowned by the dome of the Panthéon, pause for a bite to eat in one of its bistrots or nibble on a picnic in the Luxembourg gardens. Stoll up to Montmartre and take a look at the tiny vineyard hidden away down one of the side streets. And of course, pop into one of the many delicatessens with their fabulous ranges of exquisite cheese and charcuterie.
Culinary tour: France’s regions are a rainbow of delicacies
If you’d like to explore the rest of the country on a culinary tour, France has plenty to offer. A country of clear regions with local specialities, every town and village has something to discover.
Normandy, with its verdant pastures and rolling hills, is renowned for its cheese and dairy produce. Discover creamy Camembert and Livarot as you stroll the picturesque towns lined with half-timbered buildings. Sample local apple specialities of cider and Calvados and eat the freshest of delicate fish in one of its beautiful harbour towns.
Discover historic Alsace, fought over for centuries by the French and Germans, and take advantage of its unique hospitality. Discover its heritage of fine wines and maybe take in one of the wine festivals. Enjoy regional dishes such as Flammküche, Choucroute (Sauerkraut) and the Kougelhof Brioche.
Dine on rich, hearty cuisine in the Perigord, with plenty of duck and geese to warm you on a winter’s evening. Travel through the beautiful landscape of the Dordogne and sample some of its more gourmet delights like black truffles, walnuts, foie gras and duck confit. Without, of course, forgetting to take a sip of Armagnac or taste the Bergerac wines.
On a culinary tour, France will make you wander the picturesque streets of the Croix Rousse district in Lyon, touted by some as the gourmet capital of the world. Ideally placed, Lyon profits from culinary influences from various regions around France, combining the butter and cream from the north with the fresh vegetables and olive oil from the south. Linger over a sumptuous coq au vin produced from Bresse chicken or enjoy the hearty salad Lyonnaise – lettuce with bacon, croutons and a poached egg. Make sure you don’t miss the delicious marrons glacés or sampling a glass of red Beaujolais.
Heading south, revel in vistas of lavender fields, olives and fruit groves as you enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle in Provence. Savour the fragrance of fresh herbs and the bright colours of the many fresh vegetables on display in the region’s markets. Snack on a slice of pissaladière, a scrumptious onion and olive tart or enjoy a light salade niçoise in the sun, whilst observing the rich and famous at play in one of the many exclusive towns on the Côte d’Azur.
France is home to the Michelin guides, so make sure you also try out one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants the country is of course home to.
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