French cuisine is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated, imitated and admired on the planet. Hence, it is easy to understand why France consistently ranks as the most visited country in the world: surely, a large percentage of the eighty million tourists that flock the nation each year come for an epicurean adventure of sorts, a quest of taste, searching for the best dishes France has to offer.
French cuisine is as diverse as the country’s regions: from the northern Germanic influences of Alsace (which leads the ranking of Michelin-starred restaurants in France) to the Mediterranean flavors of Provence or the distinct regional cuisine of Dordogne (foie gras and truffles galore) or the gourmet paradise that is Lyon; in France, when it comes to eating, you are spoilt for choice.
In fact, French cuisine is so extraordinary that in 2010 it was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO. In France, eating is cause for celebration, every single time: French people enjoy the art of good eating and drinking (“the gastronomic meal”) and indulge in it together.
In case you need one last reason to understand French cuisine’s international stardom: France tops the world charts of Michelin-starred restaurants with an incredible 600 étoilé establishments. Take a look below to discover fine dining experiences in the most visited country in the world.