10 Must-Try Delicacies In France!

Delicacies in France

Croissants, Escargots, Onion soup, Macarons, and a long list of mount-watering food items are a part of France’s rich cuisine. Just looking at the pictures of different dishes makes you want to devour them all. The amalgamation of various ingredients cooked to perfection makes the French cuisine delectable.

In this article, find the 10 best French dishes you cannot turn away from without tasting and relishing.

1. Cafe Gourmand

Cafe gourmand clafouti
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A large meal means there usually is not much space left for the dessert. That is where this latest creation, Cafe Gourmand, comes in. This delicacy combines black Espresso coffee with several miniature puddings. Generally, the assorted dessert includes a mini triangle of brownie, an eggcup-sized crème brûlée and a taste of something like clafoutis. This is one dessert you will always have enough room in your tummy for.

Cafe Gourmand

Where Can You Try This?: Le Pré Vert

Address: 10, rue Saint Anne - 34000, Montpellier

Website: Le Pré Vert (in French)

2. Boulette d'Avesnes

Boulette d'Avesnes 04
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Reddish in color, pyramidal in shape, the Boulette d'Avesnes is an explosion of French cheeses. The cheese is stronger and spicier than any other cheese (almost) and creates a delicious symphony and tingles your taste buds. When in France, you have to try the Boulette d'Avesnes. After all, there is no such thing as too much cheese, right?

Boulette d'Avesnes

Where Can You Try This?: Restaurant La Pen'tière

Address: 21 Route d'Etroeungt, 59440 Avesnelles, France

Website: Restaurant La Pen'tière (in French)

3. Soupe de Poisson

Soupe de poissons
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The Soupe de Poisson is almost a DIY kind of a delicacy with you deciding the way you want to drink your soup. The orangey colored soup comes with a side dish of crisp toast along with a bowl of ‘rouille’ - the sauce made with garlic, breadcrumbs, olive oil, saffron, and cayenne pepper. There are several ways for you to drink the soup. You can spread the rouille on your toast and then dunk it in your soup, or dunk it in and spoon it out. Or, finally, you can drop all your toast and a spoon of rouille in your soup and drink it with an occasional taste of garlic hitting you.

Soupe de Poisson

Where Can You Try This?: La Criee

Address: Outlets open throughout France

Website: La Criee (in French)

4. Langue de Boeuf

Langue de bœuf
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Beef is a popular meat and is absolutely lip-smacking. However, Langue de Boeuf is prepared using only one body part of the cow - the tongue. This relishable french dish cooks the cow’s tongue in such a manner that disguises the tongue by cutting it into smaller pieces and cooking it to perfection.

Langue de Boeuf

Where Can You Try This?: Restaurant Polidor

Address: 41 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006 Paris, France

Website: Restaurant Polidor

5. Ris de Veau

Ris de veau dans un restaurant de Castera-Verduzan
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Ris de Veau translates to Sweetbread in English. However, you may rest assured that it has nothing to do with sweetness or bread. This is a preparation made using the pancreas of a calf or lamb. Enjoy this French delicacy with a glass of wine to gulp it all down.

Ris de Veau

Where Can You Try This?: La Causerie

Address: 31, Rue Vital - 75116 Paris

Website: La Causerie (in French)

6. Croissant

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This crescent-shaped delicacy is famous the world-over and we have all heard of it or tasted it at some point. However, going to the place where it originated and tasting it at places where they are being made for generations is a pleasure only our taste buds and tummy will understand. Made using the yeast-leavened dough, the Croissant is a pastry that is flaky in texture and is a staple food item.


Where Can You Try This?: Des Gateaux et Du Pain

Address: 63 boulevard Pasteur - 75015 Paris and 89, rue du Bac - 75007 Paris

Website: Des Gateaux et Du Pain (in French)

7. Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée

Soupe à l'oignon 01
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Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée is a famous soup in France and is devoured with relish. The soup is prepared using meat stock and onions and is served with croutons and cheese or with a piece of bread. Who doesn’t love some soup?

Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée

Where Can You Try This?: La Jacobine

Address: 59 rue Saint-André des Arts, Paris, Île-de-France

8. Coq au vin

Coq au vin, terminé 2005-11-20
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Who can say no to chicken, especially if it is made with the utmost precision and relishable taste? The Coq au vin is a chicken dish fried and stewed in wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic. Tempted, yet?

Coq au vin

Where Can You Try This?: La Rotisserie d'Argent

Address: 19 quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France

Website: La Rotisserie d'Argent

9. Ratatouille

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Imagine getting the good benefits of several vegetables while also getting the best taste. That is Ratatouille for you. This stew is prepared using sautéed garlic, eggplant, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, and more. Loaded with health benefits and taste. You just cannot miss out on this delicacy when in France.


Where Can You Try This?: Chez Janou

Address: 2 rue Roger Verlomme, 75003 Paris, France

Website: Chez Janou (in French)

10. Confit de Canard

Confit de canard sur lit de salade des Hautes-Pyrénées
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Canard means Duck in English and Confit de Canard is a French dish made using whole duck. This food is quite common in France and takes your taste buds to a different level. Fancy some duck?

Confit de Canard

Where Can You Try This?: Le Florimond

Address: 19 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, 75007 Paris, France

Website: Le Florimond (in French)

An experience never goes to waste!

The list was just an introduction to the crazy food dishes found in France. There are Escargots, Sausages made from pig intestines, sheep’s testicles and so many other dishes that are devoured by the French. When in France, dine like the French. After all, there is no harm in giving something different to your tummy and taste buds, is there?

Although there are places given in the article where you can try out particular dishes, stay calm since you will find these dishes anywhere in France and the taste will not alter. You can also find these dishes at any street food hawker, and the places given are only recommendations.

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