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Restaurants and Cafes in France

Eating is one of the great adventures in France; going out to a cafe or restaurant for a meal or buying the ingredients to cook for yourselves. If you are Slow Travelers and staying in a vacation rental, you may cook some of your meals in your "home", but you will still want to experience the restaurants and cafes.


Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews Restaurant Reviews: Reviews, by region, of restaurants and cafes. These reviews are written by other Slow Travelers.

How to Use Restaurants

Restaurant Basics: How the restaurants work in France. Serving times, when to arrive, how to order, how the menu is organized, tipping.
Sample Restaurant Menu from Paris: The restaurant menu from Brasserie Balzar in Paris, so you can see how things are organized and what you can order.
Vegetarian: Finding vegetarian meals in France. You may find some vegetarian items on a menu, but there will not be many and there may be none. Look for salads, omelets, and simple pasta dishes.
  French Menu/Food Glossary: Translation of French food and menu terms to English. Over 1000 entries.
Food for Children and Families: Finding food for non-adventurous eaters in the restaurants and cafes of Provence (this is in the Provence travel notes section).

Cafes, Bars, Tea Salons

Cafe Basics: What to expect in cafes/bars in France, how to order, how to pay, etc.
Cafe Menu - Example 1: The complete menu from Bar des Amis, a cafe in St. Saturnin les Apts (in the Luberon, in Provence). Descriptions of each item and prices.
Cafe Menu - Example 2: The complete menu from Cafe de la Poste in Goult (in the Luberon, in Provence).

Photos of Cafes in Provence

Photos of Cafes in Paris

French Wine

Part 1 - Wine Basics: Basic vocabulary, names and pronunciation of wine regions, types of grapes, reading wine labels, AOC and appellations. (This page is part language lesson, part wine lesson.)
Part 2 - A Tour of France's Principal Wine Regions: About the wine and how to read labels for: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Cotes du Rhone (Rhone Valley), Alsace, Loire Valley, Champagne. (This page is part language lesson, part wine lesson.)

Restaurant Lists

Restaurants and Cafes in the Luberon (Slow Travelers' Favorites): A list compiled on the message board.

Edna's Dordogne Restaurant List: Edna's favorite restaurants in the Dordogne area of southern France.

Monica's Paris Restaurant List: Monica's favorite restaurants, and then some, in Paris.

Submit Your Review

Submit Your Review: Send in your restaurant review.

"We ate dinner at Madame Lecomte's restaurant on the far side of the island. It was crowded with Americans and we had to wait for a place. Some one had put it in the American Women's Club list as a quaint restaurant on the Paris quais as yet untouched by Americans, so we had to wait forty-five minutes for a table. Bill had eaten at the restaurant in 1918, and right after the armistice, and Madame Lecomte made a great fuss over seeing him.
"Doesn't get us a table, though," Bill said. "Grand woman, though." "
- - The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, 1926 - -

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