14 Local Delicacies To Try When Visiting France

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If you’re planning a trip to France, you’re in for a treat because the country is home to some of the most delicious local delicacies in the world.

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From hearty stews and sumptuous desserts to cheese-laden dishes and mouth-watering pastries, French food will satisfy everyone’s taste buds. 

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Culinary tourism is an important part of travel. Not only will you enjoy the fantastic flavors France has to offer, but you’ll also get a real taste of French culture.

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Croque monsieur is a French sandwich made with ham, cheese, and bread. The sandwich is then grilled or fried, and it’s often served with a side of salad. Croque monsieur is a popular dish in France, and you will find it in most cafes and restaurants.

Croque Monsieur


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Crêpes are French pancakes with wheat flour, milk, eggs, and butter. The batter is then cooked in a frying pan, and the crêpes are usually served with sugar and lemon. However, you can also fill your crêpes with savory ingredients, such as ham, cheese, and vegetables.



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This savory egg and bacon tart is a French specialty, and it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The dish is made with eggs, bacon, cream, and cheese, and it’s usually baked in a pastry crust.

Quiche Lorraine


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The dish is made by covering a baking dish with sliced apples, then topping them with dough and sugar before baking. Once the tart is cooked, it’s inverted onto a plate, so the apples are on top.

Tarte Tatin


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A seafood stew from Marseille, bouillabaisse is typically made with various fish, shellfish, and vegetables. The most common ingredients include rascasse (a type of redfish), sea robin, mullet, monkfish, and John Dory.



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