France

Paris – The City of Light is a real belter for foodies. You’ve got to try the Duck Confit (Confit de Canard) or a blinding Parisian bistro staple like Steak Frites. And for afters, a little Mille-feuille or Macarons from a fancy patisserie will sort you out.

Lyon – Now, this place is what you’d call the “gob of the gods” for any grub lover. A local banger is Quenelles de Brochet, a sort of pike fish dumpling. Bung in some Lyonnaise potatoes on the side, and you’re golden.

Marseille – Right, down on the Med, you’ve got a storming good dish called Bouillabaisse. It’s this fish stew that’s chock-a-block with all the local catch. A proper melter for the taste buds.

Bordeaux – Besides the top-notch plonk they’ve got there, be sure to wrap your laughing gear around some Canéles – these little caramelised custard cakes are addictive, I’m telling ya.

Toulouse – You can’t waltz through Toulouse without noshing on some Cassoulet. This hearty bean stew with sausage and all kinds of meat will keep you toasty on a damp day.

Nice – Fancy a bit on the lighter side? Socca, a sort of pancake made from chickpea flour, will hit the spot without making you feel like you’re about to pop.

Strasbourg – In this neck of the woods, tuck into some Choucroute Garnie, a heaped helping of sauerkraut with a parade of meats and spuds.

Dijon – Slap bang in the region of Burgundy, you can’t pass through without trying the good ol’ Boeuf Bourguignon, a belting stew that’s been lovingly cooked in red wine. And give their famed Dijon mustard a whirl – it’ll knock your socks off!

Reims – This gaff is the capital of Champagne, so have a flute or two, but don’t miss out on the local ham, Jambon de Reims. It’s a proper delight, especially when washed down with a bit of bubbly!

Lille – Fancy a hearty dish? Carbonnade Flamande is where it’s at. A stick-to-your-ribs beef stew made with beer, set to warm the cockles of your heart.

Nantes – Bit of a sweet tooth, have we? Get involved with some Gateau Nantais, a moist almond cake soaked in rum. It’s a proper treat for afters.

Rouen – Duck’s the word here, and Canard à la Rouennaise, also known as Duck in Blood Sauce, might sound a tad gory, but it’s a historic and rich dish that’ll leave you wanting more.

Aix-en-Provence – Down in the sunny South, you’ve got Calissons – these are sweet, smooth, and melty little diamond-shaped treats made of candied fruit and ground almonds topped with royal icing.

Cannes – While you might be thinking it’s all glitz and glam, the simple Pan Bagnat, a hefty sarnie loaded with the makings of a Salade Niçoise, is a perfect picnicking staple.

Colmar – A quaint spot in Alsace that’s rightly proud of their Tarte à l’oignon – that’s an onion tart to us, and it’s a real corker, especially with a glass of local Riesling in hand.

 

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