France has numerous cities of interest to travel, below is a list of nine of the most notable. Most of the cities in France would have an “Office du tourism.” These can help at making itineraries, getting a map, get information about accommodation, visit chateaux, organize wine testing and so on.
1.Paris– the “City of Light”, romance and the Eiffel Tower. I remembered the first time I visited Paris was an amazing for me. Classical French cuisine has long been regarded as among the world’s greatest, and it remains a source of pride for Parisians. That said, many chefs are also bringing the flavor’s of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East into their dishes. There are vibrant dining out and nightlife districts throughout the city. Although Paris is renowned for its templates of haute cuisine, the city’s food scene has been revitalized by a trend toward more affordable fare in relaxed settings. A growing number of so-called neo-bistros are combining classic French techniques with a more experimental approach to cooking.
There is also a huge interest in global food, with crowds lining up outside storefront spots specializing in Thai, Middle Eastern, and Chinese cuisine. Even American dinner food has been elevated to hipsters status, as local restaurants add a Gallic spin to hamburgers and BBQ. Despite this populist trend, dining in Paris is not cheap. Restaurants with celebrated chefs remain expensive, with appetizers sometimes priced at €60 and dinners easily costing between €185 and €250 per person. To dine at a top restaurant on a tighter budget, consider going at lunchtime when more affordable set menus are offered. Reservations are usually necessary if you want to eat in the city’s best restaurants. Except for the most exclusive hot spots, you can generally reserve a table a few days in advance.
One of the best ways to start the local specialties is with street fare like the crepe, a thin pancake filled with chocolate, jam or savory ingredients like cheese or chicken. Related to the crepe, a galette is a buckwheat flour pancake with ham, cheese, egg or other savory ingredients.
The croque monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich that benefits from local cheese and charcuterie. Croissants are buttery, flaky breakfast pastries. The baguette, a slender, crusty loaf whose dough is strictly controlled by French law, can be bought from any boulangerie or bakery. You’ll find ample opportunities to dine on classic bistro fares like steak frites, pot-au-feu(French beef stew) and foie gras (duck or goose liver).
No trip to Paris is complete without experiencing sophisticated French pàtisserie. Sweet-toothed visitors can enjoy the chocolate éclair, the mille-feulle(thousand leaves) puff-pastry slice and the macaron, a meringue-based cookie sandwich. Nightlife in Paris along the coffee and alcoholic beverages, cafes generally serve snacks and small plates. Wine bars offer diverse selections of wine accompanied by small plates of charcuterie and cheese. Parisians clubs and concert halls host everything from cutting-edge electronica to jazz to hip-hop.
2. Bordeaux – City of wine, traditional stone mansions, and smart terraces. Fine red wines, gourmet delicacies, and designer clothing are among the products most sought after in Bordeaux. Specializing in local produce, the Marché des Capucins is frequently by many of the city’s chefs. It’s also a popular spot for Saturday morning get-togethers over oysters and white wine. Bordeaux’s local specialties incorporate produce from the Atlantic coast and the lush farmlands surrounding the city. From simple bistros to storied fine-dining institutions, there are options for dining out in every neighborhood. The revitalized dock areas host some of the city’s most popular nightlife. Bordeaux red wine is world-renowned, and many wine-growing chateaux surround the city. Entrecote à la Bordelaise is a steak cooked in a rich red wine sauce with red wine sauce with beef stock and shallots. Oysters from nearby Arcachon and duck foie gras from the Landes region are local favorites.
The canelé is a small pastry with a caramelized crust and a soft custard center. Saint-Pierre is one of the most popular neighborhoods for dining out, with several small, informal bistros and brasseries serving regional dishes. Nearby Saint-Michel is home to restaurants serving global cuisines, including Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese and Moroccan. The open-air terraces of the many cafes and bars of the Saint-Pierre neighborhood are a popular starting point for an evening out.
Bordeaux has easily explored on foot thanks to its many pedestrianized areas and flat terrain. You can wander along its broad, cafe-lines boulevards, imposing squares such as Place des Quinconces and the narrow streets of Vieux Bordeaux. The revitalized left bank of the River Garonne is lined with green spaces, sports facilities, and playgrounds, along with cafes where you can watch the passing ships. Le Miroir d’eau, a giant mirror-like pool, fronts Place de la Bourse on the river’s edge. Bordeaux is mostly flat and has an extensive network of clearly marked bike paths. Off-road paths along the River Garonne are especially popular with cyclists.
3. Bourges – Gardens, canals, and cathedral listed. Is a city central France on the Yèvre river. The city has a long tradition of art and history, other sites of importance include the Palace of Jacques Coer (was a French merchant, one of the founders of the trade between France and banker to Charles VII) and a sixty-five-hectare district of half-timbered and fine townhouses.
4. Lille (Dutch: Rijsel) a dynamic northern city known for its handsome center and active cultural life. The capital of French Flanders, an opportunity that it grasped to return to the forefront of the French cultural scene. To get a sense of this, head to the Musée Beaux-Arts or one of the city’s more alternative cultural venues, such as the Tripostal or Maisons Folie, and lose yourself in the restored old town. Sample its brasseries and visit September’s Grande Braderie, as Lille also likes to party and share its festive spirit.
5. Lyon – When the first time I arrived in France I lived in Cannes as life change here I’m now living in Lyon and I discovered that this is France’s second city with a history from Roman times to the Renaissance. Lyon is also the French capital of “trompe l’oeil”-walls; a very ancient tradition. It is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions, instead of actually being a two-dimensional painting. Many of them can be seen everywhere around the city.
6. Marseille – Big harbor and the heart of the Provence.Walking is a good to explore Marseille’s winding, cafe-lined streets. Major sights are within easy distance of one another, though the terrain can be hilly. In particular, routes leading from Cours Julien down to the Vieux Port often have long, steep staircases. Fashionable boutiques and quirky independent stores line Marseille’s shopping districts. Local products fill the city’s food markets, while the major malls house famous international brands. You can find blocks of the famed “Savon de Marseille” soap at shops throughout the city. Dining out in the Vieux Port will provide visitors with the opportunity to sample some of the Marseille’s renowned seafood dishes and other local specialties. A thriving bar culture and large sidewalk cafes make up the city’s nightlife. The local specialties of Marseille are a mixed seafood and vegetable stew called Bouillabaisse is Marseille’s signature dish. The pieds paquets is a dish of lamb’s feet cooked slowly with offal. Daube is a rich beef stew made with wine and garlic. North African inspired dishes as merguez and falafel make for quick and filling street food. Often dunked in coffee, Navettes de Marseille are boat- shaped biscuits. The local aperitif is pasties, an anished-flavored liqueur served with water and ice.
7. Nantes – The “Greenest City” and according to some the best place to live in Europe. Nantes was once an important port located 50km up the Loire River. It grew rich on the triangular trade with Africa and the West Indies. Nantes is also famous for being the home of the science fiction writer Jules Verne.
8. Strasbourg – Famous for its historical center and home to many European institutions. Grand Rue is the main shopping street lined with colorful stores and 18th-century buildings running from Gare de Strasbourg to Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg. The Petite France quarter is ideal for wandering on foot, a medieval labyrinth of narrow laneways and waterways, with an atmospheric bridge crossing at Ponts Couverts and the 17th-century, were Barrage Vauban. As a capital of the Alsace region, Strasbourg is also the center of Alsatian culinary culture. Dining out in the city means visiting traditional winstubs, or wine rooms and sampling local specialties that have more in common with German than with French gastronomy. The emphasis is on rich, hearty fare especially meat, dairy and potatoes. Strasbourg nightlife takes place in beer halls, wine cellars and floating bars on river barges. Strasbourg has a laid-back scene. You can sip local beers, such as Fischer and Pecheur, abroad customized canal boats and river barges in the Krutenau neighborhood. There are busy clubs and discos around the place and raucous live music venues to the west in Quartier de la Gare.
9. Toulouse – The “Pink City” for its distinctive brick architecture, the main city of Occitania. During the crusade against the invasion of Simon de Montfort’s “Barons from the North”. Toulouse prospered from the wood business and kept its status by becoming the aeronautical capital of Europe thanks to Airbus.