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Fantastic French Food Destinations

When you think of truly great food one of the top destinations that springs to mind is always France. France is a country renowned for delicious food, talented and innovative chefs, stylish restaurants and wonderful cooking traditions and practices.

If you like the sound of eating your way around France then these are the destinations you shouldn’t miss…


Lyon is a city in the Rhone-Alpes region in the southeast of the country and has emerged in recent years as a haven for discerning gourmets looking for incredible food.

Thanks to its position at the confluence of the Saone and Rhone rivers, the city is at the intersection of several rich food and wine cultures, all of which are intertwined into Lyon’s own food and drink scene. There are the informal, traditional bouchons where typical dishes are on the menu, many chic and trendy restaurants producing gastronomic dishes and several Michelin-starred outlets too. You’ll simply be spoiled for choice on a trip to Lyon!


No list of great French food destinations would be complete without the inclusion of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the southwest of France. It is a place where you can enjoy tapas bars, fusion food, Michelin-star restaurants, fresh seafood, typical meat dishes of the southwest and much more.

Bordeaux also happens to be the capital of one of the world’s finest wine regions, so you’ll have plenty different wines to wash down all the terrific food you’ll consume.


The capital of France is renowned as being a destination where all of the culinary flavours that appear through the rest of the country combine and infuse. In the city you’ll be able to find dishes from all corners of France, and there are so many fabulous restaurants that you’ll struggle to choose between them. Try to take advice from locals and avoid typical tourist traps to find the very best Parisian haunts.

As well as having flavours and traditions from all across France, Paris also has many of its own special dishes. Don’t leave the city without trying duck confit, jambon-beurre, Paris-Brest and, of course, the humble crepe.


Reims most likely isn’t a city that immediately springs to mind when you think of culinary destinations in France, however this city has less than 200,000 residents and an astonishing four Michelin-starred eateries, now that’s got to mean something pretty special.

The city has imposing Gothic architecture, wide boulevards, great shopping and a simply exquisite fine dining scene. If you’re a fan of seafood then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to dine in Le Foch, or if you prefer something a little more contemporary book a table at Le Millenaire.

The city is also the unofficial capital of the Champagne wine-growing region so you’ll be sure to find plenty of subtle variants that will complement your meals perfectly.

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