You won’t starve in France — the French practically invented food (or at least they invented the word ‘cuisine’). Many areas will have their own specialities — bouillabaisse in Provence, moules à la crème (mussels in a cream sauce) in Normandy, and foie gras and truffles in the Dordogne.

For those on a budget check out Le menu or Formule de jour – this will often consist of 2 courses most likely the plat du jour (dish of the day) and one other, plus wine for a reasonable fixed price.

Don’t leave without trying:

  • Cheese. There are more than 500 varieties. Eat some for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Snails, or escargots, are delicious when eaten with garlic butter.
  • Chocolate crêpes. You’ll smell these before you see them. Street vendors sell crêpes on many street corners in Paris.
  • Bread. It will be the best bread you’ve ever tasted.


Wine (vin) is a staple in France with it being one of the largest producers in the world. Make sure you take a tour through a famous wine region or just enjoy a drop with your meal.



The tap water throughout France is fine to drink