Food & Dining
French Restaurant Vocabulary
Be sure you know all the basics of typical French language used on menus before you go.
French Coffee Drinks - How to Order Coffee in a France or Paris Cafe
French cafes serve some of the world's best coffee, but each of us has our own preferences and a language barrier could prevent you from ordeering the right coffee on the menu. If you can't have caffeine, this could be even more crucial. Find out how to order coffee in France, be it a cafe au lait or espresso.
Restaurant Tips in France and Paris
Unlike in America, cafes and restaurants in Paris and the rest of France directly include a 15 percent service charge in your check. This is required by French law as tips are assessed for taxation purposes. Here is a question and answer article on tipping at restaurants, in taxis, at hotels and more.
There's nothing more pleasurable that eating local dishes prepared by knowledgeable chefs and Nice has plenty of both.
Try the Cours Saleya market and the little streets of the Vieille Ville (Old Town) for socca (a thin pancake made from chickpea flour and olive oil, baked and crisped in the oven and seasoned with black pepper, a little like a crepe), pizza, pissaladière (pizza-like onion tart), petits farcis (delicious stuffed Provençale vegetables), salade Niçoise, pan bagnat (fresh baps or bread filled with salade Niçoise), tourte aux blettes (tart of Swiss chard, raisins and pine nuts) and beignets de fleurs de courgettes (deep fried fritters with vegetables like courgettes flowers).
Buy these specialities at stalls or try the local restaurants.
Restaurants in Troyes, Champagne
Troyes in the Champagne region has a good selection of restaurants. If you're feeling adventurous, try the local specialty of andouillette.
Best Places to Dine in Reims
There are plenty of good places to eat in Reims; this is the capital of Champagne. This guide will give you an idea of where to celebrate in style, and where to catch a quick bite.
Shopping in Troyes
Troyes in the Champagne region is well known for its huge discount outlet shopping malls just outside town. But within the historic center there are some good shops to visit, particularly if you are interested in food shopping.
Restaurants in Lille
Lille is north France's liveliest city and with a wealth of good restaurants making Lille a gourmet destination, there are plenty of good reasons to make this a short break. You can get to Lille easily from Belgium, Paris and via Eurostar, from London
Restaurants in Montreuil-sur-Mer
Like many small towns, there's plenty of choice for good meals in Montreuil-sur-Mer in Nord Pas-de-Calais. Taking advantage of the freshest fish from the North Sea, there's an abundance of excellent restaurants in the charming town, making this a favorite stop for those wanting a touch of the French good life.
Guide to Restaurants in Angers
Angers in Anjou in the western part of the Loire is a great place to visit. It's well known for its food and has a good selection of restaurants, from the Michelin one-star restaurants Le Favre d'Anne, and Une Ile, to plenty of welcoming bistros serving local specialities, all washed down with Anjou wine.
Table Etiquette in France
When it comes to table etiquette in France, be sure there is nothing lost in translation. There are several differences between the French table manners and eating habits and American dinner etiquette. Here is a comparison of the table etiquette of France and the U.S.
Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau's Release
The long-awaited release of each year's Beaujolais Nouveau comes at the strike of midnight on the third Thursday in November. This is a glorious time to visit this part of France. There are about 120 festivals to honor the arrival of this enticing young wine in the Beaujolais region alone, not to mention throughout France and across the globe.
Christmas in France - Shopping, Feasting and Magical Midnight Masses
A visit to France at Christmastime is memorable and magical. Hit the enticing Christmas markets, sing at midnight mass in a stunning gothic cathedral or dive into a Reveillon feast.
A major allure of France is its amazing markets, from produce markets in Provence to art or antiques markets in Paris. From small villages to big cities, from summer flowers to Christmas crafts, find out more about the French market scene.