8 Authentic French Dishes To Eat Like a Local

Coq au Vin

Famous French dish Coq au Vin is red wine-cooked chicken with mushrooms, onions, garlic, bacon, and herbs. To soak up the sauce, crusty bread, mashed potatoes, or spaghetti are served.

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon makes cheap meat taste gourmet with red wine, beef broth, carrots, onions, garlic, mushrooms, bacon, thyme, and bay leaves. Ideal with baguettes or mashed potatoes on special occasions.

Croque Monsieur

Served on white bread, the Croque Monsieur features gammon, Gruyère, béchamel, and Parmesan. A Croque Madame with an egg is a quick lunch or snack.

Quiche Lorraine

Lorraine quiche is a buttery crust filled with eggs, cream, bacon, onions, and Gruyère cheese. Popular at French bakeries and cafes, it goes with any meal.

Bouillabaisse

The Provençal dish bouillabaisse contains Mediterranean fish, shellfish, tomatoes, onions, leeks, fennel, garlic, saffron, and herbs. Try it with bread and rouille and a chilled white wine or rosé.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille—a vibrant Provençal stew—contains tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, and Mediterranean herbs. It can be sautéed separately and boiled together as a side or main.

Duck à l’Orange (Canard à l’Orange)

Duck à l'Orange combines soft duck, orange juice, zest, sugar, vinegar, liqueur, stock, and butter. It goes with roasted potatoes or salad and a bold Pinot Noir.

Escargots à la Bourguignonne

Escargots à la Bourguignonne are Burgundy snails cooked in garlic, parsley, butter, shallots, and white wine. Classic French appetiser with powerful flavours and traditional cooking.

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