Unique French dishes: What Dishes Should You Try When You Come To France?

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Written by: Phương Thảo + Minh Châu


The finesse and flavor of French dishes are based on simple combinations of rich, natural flavors that come together to create unforgettable, internationally-renowned dishes. Wine and cheese are many people’s first introductions to French dishes. But there’s more to French cuisine than the cheese board. Indeed, the French dish is so highly regarded that it was added to UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage in 2010.

Here’s our list of the top 10 French foods you must try when visiting France to help you discover the wonders of French dishes.

1. Macaron

Macaron, also known as French macaroon, is a meringue-based pastry. Egg whites, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, almond flour, and food coloring are used to make macarons. This cake is distinguished by two pieces of round cake sandwiched together, a rough crust, and a flat base.

The cake has a light moisture content and melts in the mouth. Macarons come in a variety of flavors, ranging from the traditional (raspberry and chocolate) to the unusual (fat liver, matcha). Today, macaron is a widely known French dish and has many variations around the world.

top 10 unique french dishes

2. Tarte Tatin

When it comes to French dishes, we don’t forget to mention Tarte Tatin, also known as apple tart Tatin is an “inverted” fruit cake in which the fruit (usually apples) is beaten in sugar and butter before being baked with the crust.

When choosing apples for this pie, choose ones that will hold their shape during cooking rather than ones that will mush into… porridge. Tarte Tatin can be made with anything from pears to peaches to pineapples to tomatoes to onions. You can make the crust with either thousand-layer cake flour or shortcrust cake flour.

top 10 unique french dishes

3. French Cheese

The French are famous for their fondness for cheese. A wide variety of cheese is produced in France, a milk-based food with a wide range of flavors, textures, and forms. The appeal of this dish is due to the cheese’s characteristic greasy taste, fragrant milky smell, and elaborate processing. The French combine cheese with many French dishes, making it a signature of their food culture.

top 10 unique french dishes

4. Crepes

A pancake or crepe is a thin, flat cake made with flour, eggs, milk, and butter.

Pancakes originated in Brittany, in northwestern France, and spread throughout the country, becoming a traditional and popular dish. The French make the filling with eggs, butter, milk, strawberries, mangoes, chocolate, bananas, ice cream, and a variety of other fruits. It is frequently served with a variety of beverages, including coffee, tea, milk, and, most notably, cider.

The cake has the flavor of eggs, butter, and milk fat, which contribute to the dish’s deliciousness.

top 10 unique French dishes

5. Baguette

Baguette is distinguishable because it is much longer than it is wide and it has a crispy crust.

French loaf is usually 5–6 cm wide and 3–4 cm high, but up to a meter long. It usually weighs only 250 grams. Short loaves of French bread are often used to make sandwiches. French bread is usually cut in half and covered with pâté or cheese. In the traditional French breakfast, pieces of bread are spread with jam and soaked in a bowl of coffee or hot chocolate.

This type of bread has strong links with France, especially Paris, but it is eaten all over the world.

top 10 unique french dishes

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6. Steak Tartare

“Tartare” in French refers to raw foods, and basically, Steak tartare is…a plate of raw minced beef, eggs with spices and vegetables.

Of course, the special feature of the dish must come from the excellent quality of beef, fragrant and hygienic, and the combination of spices and onions to overwhelm the fishy smell.

A plate of steak tartare will be a disaster if using cheap ingredients and carelessly prepared, but on the contrary, if using quality beef, this is a wonderful experience of the purest and natural flavors of the country’s food.

top 10 unique french dishes

7. Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse is a traditional fish soup of the port city of Marseille (France). It is always assumed that the origin of Bouillabaisse is in Marseille, however, this is only where it is known to the world.

In fact, Bouillabaisse has been around since ancient Greece, with the name Kakavia and the Greeks who migrated to modern Provence brought that dish to this land. Over time, the preparation has changed much and Bouillabaisse has become popular throughout the Provence coast.

top 10 unique french dishes

8. Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a specialty of the city of Castelnaudary in the Languedoc region, southern France.

Cassoulet is cooked with white beans, bacon, sausage and depending on the place, people also cook with lamb, goose or duck and pork skin. The purpose of pork skin is that when cooked for a long time, it will produce gelatine that makes the sauce become more comparable so that the dish is more delicious and looks more attractive.

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9. Bœuf bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon is a famous French dish not only in Europe but also around the world. Considered an age-old French dish when in the cooking process is prepared with fatty cuts of beef cooked in red wine to create a stew that is served warm or cold.

An attractive dish that deserves you to try once for a family meal. Unlike any other dish, French-style beef stew is a great dish to enjoy with Western-style breads and deli.

top 10 unique french dishes

10. Salade Nicoise

The name Nicoise translates to “Nice style”, is a salad in the style of Nice France. Nice-style salad of tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, olives and anchovies mixed with vinegar. In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, this salad can add bell peppers, dried onions and raw artichoke flowers.

top 10 unique french dishes


Above are suggestions for French dishes that you must try when traveling in this beautiful country that will surely make you almost come to enjoy them.

It can be said that French cuisine contains many unique things, bringing in the cultural quintessence of humanity. The French are very proud and look forward to promoting and introducing their country’s unique cuisine around the world. Today, you can enjoy French food anywhere, but the right dish must come to the beautiful country of France.

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