Food in France

On this page you will find information on food in France for Kids. Often we are asked which food to try when in France or which French food is really popular also with kids. So here we share information on typical Food in France.

Traditional French Food

10 typical food dishes in France by Kids World Travel Guide

The French love eating out, so everywhere you encounter bistros, bars, streetside cafes and restaurants. In France, there are many traditional dishes, some of which you might know as they are popular all over the world. So read our article and learn about the typical French food dishes or know what to order next time you are in France or in a French restaurant.

And enjoy the meal! or Bon Apétit! as the French say.


Food in France: Macarons, image by ShutterstockMacarons

Let's start with something sweet! Macarons are the delicious sweet cookies filled with butter cream. Macarons come in many colours so you can distinguish on the taste of the filling such as pink for raspberry taste, brown for chocolate, yellow for vanilla or lemon, green for pistachio, blue for ...blueberry... and mmmh, the French macaroons melt in the mouth!

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin, image by ShutterstockTarte Tatin

Another typical treat for all with a sweet tooth is Tarte Tatin. This 'upside-down' apple tart made with apples which were caramelized in butter and sugar before baking.


Food in France: Crepes filled with chocolate sauce and creamCrepes filled with chocolate sauce and cream

Our favorite French sweet treats are crepes. The French pancakes are very thin and -this is our favourite- filled with chocolate sauce or fresh fruits. Sometimes they are enjoyed with savoury fillings. Crepes are very tasty, even when only sprinkled with sugar and folded.


French baguettesFrench baguettes

The French bread loaf is long and thin. This typical French bread is made mainly with white wheat flour but any French bakery (boulangerie) will have many different types of baguette for you to choose from. And there are also baguettes made out of rye flour, spelt flour or whole wheat flour.


Food in France: Traditional croissants and coffee for a French breakfastCroissants

Croissants are typically used for breakfast, but can also be eaten filled with ham and cheese for a more filling meal later during the day.

French Cheese

Food in France: French cheese sold at the MarketFrench Cheese

The French are known for their love of cheese. There are many delicious cow's milk cheeses ('fromage de vache'), but also goat's milk cheeses ('fromage de chevin'). Camembert, Brie and Roquefort (blue cheese) are some of the best known cheeses and eaten all over the world.


Rare black trufflesRare black truffle

Truffles are rare kind of mushrooms. They are very expensive, so only small quantities are used. The dried truffles are grated or sliced over pasta and meat dishes or added to sauces, salads or soups. This mushroom grows near oak and hazelnut trees.


Typical French food: Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse is seafood stew and typically made with fresh bony fish, shellfish, mussels, vegetables, herbs and olive oil. The origins of the dish are the fish stews cooked by the fishermen in Marseilles who used to cook big pots of fish and let the stew boil and then simmer for a long time before eating the meal together with their friends and families.

Salade Nicoise

Salade NicoiseSalade Nicoise

This typical French salad includes lettuce, canned tuna, black olives, tomatoes, onions, hard boiled eggs and sometimes anchovies, caper berries and green beens. It is named after the city of Nice and thus the name means 'Salad from Nice'. It is either eaten on its own as a light meal or as a starter.


Ratatouille dishRatatouille

Ratatouille is a thick stew including tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic, courgettes (also called zucchini) and aubergines (also called eggplants). It is mainly eaten as vegetable stew, but there are variations which also include meat.

Food in France | Useful resources

Find more information on French food on these excellent websites:

  • Elaine Blenkinsop. "11 Classic French Dishes to Master." TheSpruceEats. 5 March 2020. Last accessed 30 January 2023
  • "Traditional French Food." Traditional French Food. Last accessed 30 January 2023

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