Traveling to different areas of France means expecting unique, regional differences in traditions, culture, and climate. The same holds true for the gastronomy.
Visiting the open air markets of France is a lavish fantasy come alive for a gourmand. Poking through stalls, one will discover gorgeous, fresh-picked produce sold by vendors eager to help and tell their tales. More alluring, still, are the locally prepared and handcrafted items. While many nationally beloved dishes feature only subtle differences, if any, from one region to another, local food is the true start of the show. Look for specialties from smokehouses, creameries, and patisseries. Unearthing local epicurean gems, such as a rare blend of preserves to take home, is all part of the fun. No passport? No problem. Visit the regional food and recipes section for more inspiration on creating a culinary tour of France in your home kitchen.
Open Air Market Photo: ©Flickr user denisema4