France has 22 regions, and each has distinct regional cuisines. Oftentimes, cuisines not only vary by region, but from city to city as well. We’ve put together a list of cities with distinct regional cuisines so that the next time you’re in France, you can let your stomach inform your decisions.
We left Paris out of this list — not because the city is lacking in excellent food, but because we figure you already know that. If you’re looking to take a day or weekend trip while you’re in Paris, though, that’s when this list will come in handy.
Do you want the German-influenced foods of Strasbourg, or the meaty specialties of Lyon?
You won’t get many of these foods in the United States — or if you do, they just won’t taste the same — so savor the experience and throw your diet out the window.