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  • Writer's pictureMary Anne Bordonaro

French Foods Everyone Should Try

Updated: Jun 4, 2021

When many people think of French food, they often picture a Parisian carrying a fresh baguette. Or they shiver in disgust at the idea of eating a snail (don't worry, we are going to talk about the snails).

French foods are diverse, changing depending on where in the country you are. There are influences from Northern African countries like Morocco and Algeria, and the surrounding European countries like Germany and Italy.

If you are planning a trip to France, it can be hard to figure out how exactly you are going to eat all of the food the country has to offer.

Keep reading to learn about 4 French foods I think everyone should trip on their first trip to France.


Raclette is a national phenomenon. It is a religious experience. It will change your life and probably put you in a dairy induced coma.

In summary, Raclette is AMAZING.

Raclette is a kind of cheese, one that melts into a beautifully gooey mess and is poured over potatoes, bread, and meats. "Raclette" is also the word for the small paddle that the cheese is placed on before it is put in the oven.

Families and friends will get together around a small heater that goes on a kitchen table and melt cheese and drink wine for hours until everyone is fat and happy.

This amazing food can also be found in France's francophone neighbor--Switzerland.


Alright, I get it--they are snails. If you have not tried to eat one, it can be hard to understand why anyone would want to.

I will admit, when I eat escargot I can't look at them too hard or I will freak myself out.

But all of the weird feelings aside, escargot is delicious and everyone should face their fear and try it. It is often served in a yummy garlic and herb-filled sauce and you get to eat it with cute little prongs.

Pain au Chocolat

This is the holy grail of French pastries. It has the buttery flakiness of the croissant, with the cheap price tag of baguettes, and the added bonus of a chocolate-filled center.

There are bakeries (boulangeries) everywhere in France. When you arrive at your accommodation, take a short walk around the block and find the closest bakery.

First thing the next morning, walk to the boulangerie and ask for a pain au chocolat. Remember that "Pain" is pronounced more like "pan" and "au" is like "oh".

If you are desperate or incapable of remembering French pronunciation at 7 in the morning, pointing at the desired pastry and mumbling "merci" should work just fine.

Vin Chaud

France is full of wine, but if you are going to visit in the winter, vin chaud ("hot wine") has to be on your list. Vin chaud is hot red wine with spices and fruit. I

t is really simple and cheap and it is the best thing to drink as you walk around your favorite Christmas market.

Which of these French foods do you want to try?

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