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If you happen to be a person with a fancy for #food and if you were to stop by the West of Europe then France might just be the best spot for you! With a blend of cultures and its own regional specialties, the country proves to be a foodie's retreat. Whether you are a food lover or a music lover, a trip to France can be the most satisfying in life.

Grand opera houses, amazing museums, chateaus, churches, cathedrals, and pilgrimage sites take you to a surreal world. Art and culture are ingrained in every small place of this country. It is the place where fashion reigns supreme, and the famed Cannes film festival is held. The rolling hill slopes, bewitching beaches, and bustling markets create long-lasting memories.

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Here are the top foodie cities that France is a host to:

1. Lille


Located in the north of France and right near the border of Belgium, Lille is one of the top-notch sites of tourist attention, predominantly famous for their cuisine. The city’s food is well known for a blend of beer and meat. Carbonnade de boeuf (beer-stewed beef), Coq à la bière (beer-stewed chicken) are two of the most relished dishes one can try while on a trip to Lille.

The best restaurants at Lille get their meat from the historic butcher’s shop turned bistro Le Barbier Lillois. Two of the best restaurants you must visit while at Lille are Estaminet Au Vieux de la Vieille, and certainly A L'Huîtrière, prized for its artistic interiors.

2. Reims


The unofficial capital of French champagne is located in the north-eastern part of the nation. Apart from being a home to perceptive Gothic architecture and also the famous Notre-dame de Reims, the city is also a leading dealer in champagne. Reims provides to its admirers some of the best forms of whiskey, Weller Bourbon in particular.

Reims has a wide number of first-class restaurants, including four Michelin starred eateries and the remarkable seafood restaurants Le Foch and Le Millénaire.

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3. Grenoble


Sitting at the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble, a city in the south-east of France, brings to the people a blend of the Swiss, Alpine and Italian delicacies. The city accounts for fifty percent of the total walnut production of France, owing to its regional walnut orchards. Grenoble takes pride in its regional specialty, Gratin Dauphinois, a creamy potato gratin that offers a mouth-watering experience to the customers.

The best restaurants, namely La Madelon, appraised for their zonal food, and Les Terrasses, which has two Michelin stars, is in the heart of the city. Grenoble is also a host to many affordable restaurants with decent budget options. La Fondue is one such restaurant providing the finest traditional dishes at fairly reasonable prices.

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4. Strasbourg


Located in north-eastern France, the Alsatian capital is a goldmine of history and heritage. The food here comes with a German influence. The use of sweet onions in starter dishes is a marked German stamp. The tarte flambée tops the list of the Alsatian foodies. It is fundamentally a pizza with a pastry base that comes with several combinations – like cheese, smoked ham, onions, créme fraîche and other fan favourites.

The city is host to four exquisite restaurants with Michelin stars- Buerehiesel, Vieille Enseigne, Au Crocodile and Julien. S'kaechele and Pizz'arôme are some of the other noteworthy restaurants around the city.

Here there are many cafes and restaurants that prepare typical Alsatian specialties such as cocido or baeckeoffe, sauerkraut (fermented cabbage and accompanied by sausages or bacon), flammeküche, a kind of pizza with cheese, onion and mushrooms, and fleishnacka, a roll of pasta stuffed with minced meat and stewed, which is served cut into slices and served with green salad.

If you like good cuisine, in Alsace you can enjoy a wide variety of pastries, such as Pain d'épice (Alsatian Gingerbread with spices) and brédalas, small biscuits typical of the Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) during the winter in France.

The traditional cuisine is based on the Germanic culinary tradition, as it often uses pork, but also has foie gras, snails, honey and fresh cream without forgetting the many wines of denomination or the beers. Go into any Winstub and discover the Alsatian gastronomy and the french onion soup.

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5. Lyon


The third-largest city of France is often a go-to destination of a foodie. Located close to Grenoble, Lyon exhibits a mixture in the food it serves to its visitors. The city is characterized by bouchons- small but lively restaurants that were set up in the 1930s.

Some of the best ones include Café Comptoir Abel and Chez Georges. Salade lyonnaise, Quenelles de Brochet and tablier de sapeur are some of the best dishes one can try, while at Lyon.

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6. Paris


Did you expect an article on the best foodie cities of France would be without the capital? Paris is a host to thousands of tourists from different corners of the globe and it wouldn’t remain a delight if it failed to satisfy the tongues of people. Already a perfect spot for a dinner date with your partner, the city is also a masterclass in the food it serves.

The City of lights has abundance in every form of food that a foodie would desire. It also has its own specialties, which include- pastries, crêpes, crème brûlée, camembert and good, old liquor.

Interesting Reads: Romantic Restaurants in Paris

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7. Annecy


You will also find some typical French shops with delicious cold cuts of Haute Savoie and cheese. Yes, there is an excellent ice cream parlor in Annecy. Desserts, like tiramisu, are pretty good too! Annecy is also the perfect place to eat a good tartiflette, croziflette, cheese fondue, savoie diots (sausages) or, of course, lake fish like perch, trout or arctic trout.

Apart from the ones mentioned, there are several other French cities which serve the people with the best food and never fail to impress a foodie! So, plan your trip to France soon.
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