22 French Foods You Should Be Dying To Devour

Pain au chocolat
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Pain au chocolat
Baked camembert
Hachis Parmentier
Magret de Canard
Pan-seared foie gras
Tartare de boeuf
Steak frites
Confit de canard
Poulet Roti
Coq au vin
Gratin dauphinois
Gigot d’agneau roti
Lapin a la cocotte
Boeuf bourguignon

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast.”
– Ernest Hemingway (1950)

Coq au vin. Ratatouille. Bouillabaisse. Bœuf bourguignon. Croque monsieur. We’ve barely started. A melting glass of Côtes de Provence rosé swinging over a glistening La Seine. Champagne popped over cheers of a typical Thursday night before the weekend commences. Maybe this is how it all really starts. Eating in France comes with a curious mind, but just as important is setting the mood. Whether you’re French or in Paris, that’s a breeze to accomplish.

You want to take the time and enjoy all that French cuisine has to offer. Gastronomy-style, outdoor bistros, even a neighborhood pastry shop can help you discover a new favorite. Life in Paris very much begins with a reliable staple, if you don’t have a good bakery next door then your cake will always miss a little cherry on top.

Food eaten by hand. Heavy sauces drenched in mustard. Bacon and sausages smoked in the chimney. Meats separated in massive pieces. Fish included whale and dolphins, often salted then indulged during Lent. French cuisine’s undeniable prestige derived from the Medieval times, when service en confusion gave birth to the notion of numerous courses during banquets often held by aristocrats.

Home of economic leadership and cultural influence, Paris fostered artisans and craftsmen via the guild system. Supervised by the French royals and government officials, the guild association of merchants and artisans became significant by giving French cuisine its unique identity and characteristics through food distribution via Parisian markets, including: Les Halles.

Devouring a definitive French meal takes guts. In every sense of the word. Quite literally. The question is, are you brave enough to embrace history, turning back the clock to a time when every part of a mammal was savored while wider array of animals were ethically consumed. As Hemingway famously wrote, if it’s truly a moveable feast. Are you ready to run with an unstoppable palate?

Republished on August 1st, 2020.

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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