Food tours in France

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With one of the world's most beloved cuisines, a France food tour must be on every gourmet traveler's bucket list. The country’s varied regions are renowned for their distinctive food and wine, and fine food is a way of life in France. Sampling the best of it on a food tour of France makes for a wonderful vacation. 

What makes France a great destination for foodies?

The French culinary tradition is simply unrivalled. With deep roots in the country’s history and culture, food and wine here is a big deal. From crepes in Brittany to truffles in the Dordogne, you'll find delicious dishes to enjoy in all corners of the country. There are experiences for every food lover, whether in a top-rated restaurant or at a chateau for wine tasting.

The best gastronomy tours in France

Visitors to France will leave well-sated after trying the best wine, cheese, and signature dishes of each region in this food-centric country. Here are the top food experiences to have in France.

Go wine tasting in Bordeaux

France and vineyards go hand in hand, and certain regions are synonymous with wine varieties such as Champagne and Burgundy. Bordeaux may be the king of them all, with wine tasting available at scenic chateau and wineries throughout the region.

Taste Brittany's crepes

Crepes may be a staple throughout France, but these thin pancakes are originally from the northern region of Brittany. This is the perfect place to taste authentic crepes, typically made with buckwheat flour and served with an array of sweet or savory toppings.

Dig up truffles in the Dordogne

The Dordogne region in southwest France is steeped in history, full of medieval towns and monasteries. It's also arguably the heartland of France's famed truffles. Join a truffle-hunting excursion, and sample this rare and expensive delicacy.

Sample Avignon's delicacies

Every region of France has its own fine cuisine, but if you had to choose just one, Provence would be a good bet. Discover the region's delectable food in the historic city of Avignon, where you'll find handmade chocolates, locally-made cheese, and the legendary Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine.

Discover Normandy's hearty cuisine

In coastal Normandy, visitors will discover a cuisine that's in a class of its own. Typical dishes include mussels, tripe, and rich stews. A local cooking class is a great opportunity to learn to prepare one of these special delicacies.

Tips for planning a food tour in France

The best time for a France food tour is from April to May or September to October, when the weather is mild and the summer crowds are nowhere to be seen. The French Cuisine Festival is held in late March, with towns and cities across the country celebrating fine local food. Truffle lovers should head to Sarlat in the Dordogne region in January for their truffle festival, and sweet lovers will delight in the Paris Chocolate Show in early November. 

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France's temperate climate makes it a fairly pleasant country to visit all year round, though you do need to bear in mind that it can get very cold in winter, especially in the north and the east, and very hot in summer, particularly in the south. Many French people (and other Europeans) choose to holiday on the Mediterranean coast in August. This can make the price of accommodation particularly high at this time of year, and the most popular and well-known coastal resorts can get very busy. Shops more or less everywhere will be closed for the annual holidays too. So avoid August if you plan to go on a shopping spree!
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