However, French food is very regional and varies across the whole country – so how do you find the perfect place for you?
The following six areas each have a speciality that may be just your cup of tea. Which will you choose?
Brittany – Crêpes and oysters
Traditionally, Britons eat pancakes just once a year, but in Brittany, crêpes – either savoury or sweet – are eaten almost everyday. The region also has a long Atlantic coastline, making it famous for its shellfish, particularly oysters. If you love seafood, head to Cancale, the small town that’s known as the oyster capital.
Marseille – Fish
One of the most famous fish dishes in France, a stew called bouillabaisse, is common along the Côte d’Azur, but is rumored to come from the port city of Marseille. It is claimed that the fishermen there created it using fish that they couldn’t sell in restaurants, adding herbs and spices from the Provençal hills. Settle into the sunny coastal region with a hearty supper!
Limousin – Beef
Famous all around the world, the Limousin breed of cattle is enjoyed by many. But it is still considered the best in its birthplace. Restaurants all over the area serve up beautiful dishes made with local beef. To ensure the cattle can graze naturally, the region boasts unspoiled countryside with lots of water features – it is also known as the French Lake District. Does this sound perfect to you?
Bordeaux – Wine
You can hardly go to France and not like wine, but for those of you that really enjoy the beverage, there’s no better place than Bordeaux. Stunning chateaux are interspersed in Bordeaux’s sea of vineyards, with homeowners standing proud at the area’s world-class wine producing heritage.
Cahors – Black truffles
Truffles are one of the world’s most expensive foods, not just because of their unique flavour, but also due to their rarity. They grow in specific natural environments, just below the surface of the soil. The conditions in Cahors are perfect for black truffles, so residents can enjoy them on the menu at local restaurants and at markets. Fancy cooking up some rare truffles yourself?
Perigord – Foie gras
Foie gras is one of the most famous delicacies in France and farms in Perigord in the Dordogne are known to be specialists in making it. If you’re looking for a place in the southwest, the Aquitaine region is also famed for its foie gras, as is Alsace in the northeast.
What’s your favourite French food?