Best French food trips for 2018
Looking for places to visit in France? Check out our top five French food trips and take a spin around olive groves and food markets in Uzes, or the chicest cocktail bars in Paris
Looking for the best food trips to take in France? Check out our guide to the best places across the country to eat and drink, from hearty ski food in the French Alps to seafood platters piled high with crabs, razor clams and langoustines by the sea in Occitanie.
Flaine – for a foodie ski trip
Looking for the best French ski trip? Set in the French Alps, Flaine is the ideal base for a weekend spent skiing and indulging in vin chaud and crepes. Make Terminal Neige Totem your base, with its views out on the slopes and outdoor hot tub. The buffet food they offer is much more than your average spread, think plates of charcuterie and cheese, pan-fried seabass as well as fondue. Don’t miss out on the dessert bar – a place to indulge in Nutella mug cakes, made-to-order waffles and homemade bluberry marshmallows. If you need a break from all the skiing, head to one of the street food stalls in Flaine Forum and warm yourself up with hot crepes.
Hotel Panache, Paris – for a chic city break
In the 9th arrondissement of Paris you’ll find Hotel Panache, a chic hotel spread over seven higgledy-piggledly floors. Each of the 40 rooms share certain features including tiled bathrooms, and filament pendant lights, while some have striking wallpaper and hints of metallic. When it comes to aperitifs, order the house cocktail, a refreshing fix of Suze, gin, lemon, cucumber and mint. Stay for the weekend brunch which includes Iberian charcuterie and scrambled eggs as well as maple syrup crepes.
Uzes – for chocolat-style villages
Slow travel doesn’t get more quintessentially French than puttering down a dirt track fringed with fields of apricots and vines in a Citroën 2CV, the roof down, a Panama-wearing guide at the wheel. I had followed my nose to the Gard, in the Occitane region, on the western edge of Provence, but now that I was here my nose was twitching with sensory overload.
Pungent truffles and gummy bears? Just two of the more unusual ingredients on the menu in Uzès, one of those achingly pretty French towns whose Chocolat-style looks make it seem like a Hollywood film set. Indeed, its plane-tree-pricked Place aux Herbes once starred in the Gérard Depardieu movie Cyrano de Bergerac.
In this authentically French town you’ll find pungent truffles, picholine olives and liquorice. Be sure to visit on a Wednesday or Saturday when you’ll find a food market in full swing. And don't miss a visit to Boulangerie Fougasse d’Uzès where you can by fougasse filled with anchovies and olives.
Biarritz – for a foodie French seaside trip
If you’re looking for a French spring getaway, head to Biarritz – a glitzy seaside resort which is the perfect place for cheese lovers. Start off with a visit to Crampotte 30, an old fisherman's hut turned restaurant serving a selection of pintxos. Head to halles-biarritz for a selection of regional produce including dry-cured bayonne ham. Don’t leave before visiting Patisserie Miremont, a confectionary shop that dates back to the 19th century. Order the speciality which is a chocolate mousse cake called Le Beret Basque.
Europcamp Domaine de Massereau – for a foodie family camping trip
Eurocamping is an affordable way to have a family holiday, but Domaine de Massereau promises so much more than just a campsite. The on-site vineyard produces 30,000 bottles a year, and you can sample of few of them on the free one hour-tour and tasting each evening. If you find one you like, stock up as they’re rarely exported. If you want to eat on-site, you can order pizzas fresh from the wood-fired oven or seafood platters piled high with crabs, razor clams and langoustines. Should you wish to explore the local area, head into Sommières – a beautiful French town with shuttered buildings and market squares.