20 classic French dishes everyone needs to try

French cuisine is rooted. Chef François Pierre La Varenne wrote "Le Cuisinier François" in the mid-1600s, emphasising regional and seasonal ingredients, complementary flavours, and terms and techniques.

Can beef be more French than red wine-marinated? Named after the famed red wine from Burgundy, France, boeuf Bourguignon combines a fatty cut of beef with a dry pinot noir and plenty of fresh vegetables.

Boeuf Bourguignon

Bouillabaisse is the seaside city of Marseille's contribution to French cuisine. Once a poor man's dish, the soup is now a mainstay on many Michelin-starred menus.


This list of classic French dishes wouldn't be complete without patisserie. The buttery, simmering tarte Tatin, an upside-down caramelised apple tart, is famous for its rich flavour and unique history.

Tarte Tatin

French onion soup has bread and cheese on top. Tom McCorkle/Getty ImagesSome of the earliest versions of onion soup date back to ancient Rome, but the most famous? The classic onion soup? Beef stock, onions, toasted bread, and Gruyère cheese? Franc

French onion soup

Escargot may be the most famous (or infamous) French dish. The Roman-era delicacy isn't for everyone, but it's worth a try for the adventurous.


Eating a chocolate soufflé or one of its savoury counterparts is like biting into a cloud. The rich yet light dessert has graced French tables since the 18th century, but Marie-Antoine Carême perfected it in the mid-1800s.

Chocolate soufflé

Crepe Day isn't celebrated for every French dish, but the crepe is special. Crepes, France's most popular pancake, are versatile. They can be made with buckwheat flour, a Brittany tradition, or white flour, and served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


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