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Popular Breakfast Food in France

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Anybody who wants to switch things up for breakfast should try eating like the French. Whether you want to visit France, or are interested in some traditional food in France should experience a high-quality French breakfast.

Since making many breakfast options in France require that you know a thing or two about baking and working with bread, many tourists who visit France will definitely be interested in taking baking and pastry classes in Paris so that they can take a piece of the wonderful cuisine here back home. 

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Basic Difference Between a French Breakfast and an American Breakfast

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American breakfasts are typically filled with greasy and fatty food products such as pancakes with plenty of maple syrup, bacon, eggs, and so on. The main difference between a French breakfast and an American breakfast is the fact that it never comes with meat in France. The body's protein needs will typically be taken care of during the afternoon and evening meals.

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A Typical Breakfast in France

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Since many people like trying new things and different methods of dining, learning how to eat the French way can provide insight into how another culture lives. After all, the best way to understand a culture is to experience it for yourself. Here are some of the most popular products that locals will choose to eat in France.

Baked Goods

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This is one of the best places in the world for baked goods. There are many different recipes that can be made using bread. You might eat a croissant, some pain aux raisins, palmier, baguettes, or any of the many other varieties. Most likely, a typical morning meal will come with some sort of baked delicacy. One of our favorites is the pain au chocolat.

Since there are many different pastries and baked goods to choose from, this is probably what you will eat to most. In fact, you will probably opt to eat baguettes and pastries as part of your lunch or dinner as well. Just remember to take it easy on the ones that contain high levels of sugar.

Jam & Other Add-Ons

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Although you might also use cheese, jam and butter are two common mix-ins for baguettes and other baked goods. Depending on what type of main dish you have, these things may or may not be added on top. If you are having a baguette, you will definitely choose to add one of these toppings. However, if you choose to eat a pastry with plenty of sugar sweetening you might choose not to put either of these things on top.


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Although fruit may not be the dominant ingredient for any meal in France, it can be added to your plate to add some extra flavor. It is always a wise choice to eat some fruit, even if it is just a few slices of apple, pear, orange, and so on. Fruits are also very easy to take on the go, making them a popular option for commuters.

Fruit is part of a healthy diet and will be normally found in all meals in some form or another. It can be baked into pastries, added into yogurt, or squeezed into juice. The only thing to keep in mind is that you won't find an abundance of tropical fruits in France for an affordable price due to their location and climate.


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Yogurt is the closest thing you can get to serving ice cream for without getting too unhealthy. Yogurt can come in many different flavors, making it a great morning meal no matter what you feel like munching on. It can replace the sweet taste of pastries and fruit. If you want something a little crunchier, try topping your yogurt with some oats or granola.


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This is one area where France and the Americans really get along. In France, you will be able to find all of the famous Kellogg's cereal options. In fact, Kellogg's and Nestlé are the two most popular brands of cereal in France. If you get sick of pastries, you should switch things up and eat some cereal. 

Cereal is one of the most consistently good morning meals since it comes with milk (which hydrates the body) and the cereal itself. It is a great way to get hydrated and fed at the same time. Although it can get a tad old to eat cereal every day, especially if you are already used to consuming the same old Kellogg's brands since you were a child.


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Coffee is popular all over the globe, and especially in France. Since coffee helps you wake up in the morning and get moving, many choose to drink it as a booster in the morning. Just don't drink too much or your energy will crash later on in the afternoon. One technique you should try is to get a croissant and dip it into your mug for a unique experience. 

There are many wonderful recipes to explore in France. Some of the best options are the noisette, café crème, or a café au lait. If you want something a little more familiar, be sure to try a café Américain. In any case, remember that the point is to sit, relax, and enjoy your coffee. In France, cafés are built to be relaxed in, and not a place where you spend 5 minutes at.

Tea, Milk, Juice, and/or Hot Chocolate

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Getting hydrated in the morning is important. If you choose to drink a caffeinated beverage, it is important that you balance it out with some juice, milk, or another similar drink. If you like drinking tea, you will be in good company in France. However, tea in France should not be compared to British tea.

Although a nice cup of hot cocoa might not be an extremely typical thing to drink in the morning in Paris, it is a great idea if you brought kids with you to a café. If you don't want to have a hot beverage, you might instead choose to have a cold glass of orange juice or milk.

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And they do not have to do with what you will find in those markets. They have to do with when you can go shopping there. Open Air markets are only open in the morning. Typically from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. And they are not open every day. As a matter of fact for the vast majority they are open either open every other day (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), or sometimes only twice a week. 

This is the case of the Bastille Market (Metro Bastille and Metro Bréguet Sabin )which is open only on Thursday and Sunday morning. We like to send people there because it is a very big market with over one hundred vendors. And it has a nice stand of Crêperie in the middle. Here you get a video of a lady preparing a crêpe there; and you can get that crêpe for only 3 Euros!
There is only one Open Air market open every day of the week, it is called Marché Aligre (Metro Ledru Rollin or Metro Faidherbe Chaligny) which happens on the eponymous street. It is an interesting market because you find all kinds of quality in that market – the good, the bad and the ugly. There is also a nice covered market in the middle of it called Marché Beauveau – sometimes called Marché Beauveau Aligre. On the contrary, Covered Markets are open every day, and not just in the morning, but also in the late afternoon. Typically from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

We are blessed with two markets close to where Le Foodist is located, so we can walk to a market every morning – sometimes it is the Maubert market, and sometimes it is the Monge market. Both nice with their own specififies. Last but not least, none of these markets is open on Monday. Do not sign-up for a Market Tour on Monday, you might never see that money again …

Choosing Ingredients in Paris

While all markets are different, they also have some things in common. First they work on specific schedules as explained before. But also you will find always at a minimum the following vendors: a Maraîcher – this is the name we give to people selling fruits and vegetables, a butcher, a fishmonger, a cheesemonger and a baker. Normally you will find several of each, with different levels of quality, organic or non-organic, local or not local (but mostly not local unfortunately).
And we explain how to recognize each of those of course during our Market Visits and Cooking Classes in Paris. But choosing ingredients can be daunting at first, because of the variety that is on display. A typical fishmonger will carry 20 different types of fishes, and as many shrimp and shelf fish varieties. A good cheese monger will easily carry up to 100 different types of cheese and obviously you could get over 100 different cuts of meat at a butcher (from the type of meat to the cut itself). And a normal Maraicher will carry between 50 and 100 fruits and vegetables as well.
This is what makes these markets so exciting – the variety of products, the beauty of their display, and the exchange you can have with most of the vendors. We give you tips though on how to make sure that exchange with the vendors go well – a few magic words, and everything will be fine!

Cooking in Paris

Obviously going to markets is nice, but actually knowing that you are going to cook what you find there is even more exciting. It is not uncommon for Parisians to buy a little bit too much food because they get so excited at the idea of cooking it all! But as most of us have hardly any space where we live, that can limit the enthusiasm sometimes. Because of the lack of space, Cooking in Paris can be quite different from cooking in the rest of France. And there are also dishes that are typically associated with regions which the Parisian will not cook at home – but taste when they visit friends or families in the various regions of France. However our kitchen has plenty of space, so we can cook traditional French dishes without a problem – whether they come from Paris or any region. And the most important part for us is to ensure that we share techniques much more than just recipes. As a matter of fact, we love to share a bit of the science behind what we do so people can better remember the “what” by understanding the “why”.

Sharing Stories

In November 2010, some experts from the UN cultural organisation, decided tha France’s multi-course gastronomic meal, with its rites and its presentation, fulfilled the conditions for featuring on the “world intangible list” of the UNESCO.
In this list you can find all kinds of cultural practices, including Mexico Day of the Dead festival for example. Importantly this is not suggesting French cuisine is better than other cuisines (even though we the French tend to believe that …). It is only saying that the gastronomic meal and what it entails is a very vivid cultural practice which people in France partake into on a very regular basis. That is why the same experts indicated that the French gastronomic meal is a “social custom aimed at celebrating the most important moments in the lives of individuals and groups”. And in that social custom, there are many parts: the attention we pay to the way we choose ingredients, how we pair wine with food, how many dishes we will present to our guests, how we lay the table, etc… But one big part of the cultural practice is that commensality (the fact of sharing the food) is always accompanied by sharing stories about …. Well, you would have guessed it, Food of course!
To us it is THE perfect example of how Food and Culture come together – actually we decide to share food is a considered a cultural practice. I would argue that it is true of all countries, regions, etc… As the way we relate to Food is such a big part of anybody’s identity. But as a result and to make sure you have the most genuine experience of French culture, after the a coking class in Paris at Le Foodist, you will share a gastronomic meal at a common table with your Chef and fellow participants to the class.

French Wine and Food Pairing

As mentioned above, one of the big cultural practices in France is choosing how to pair Wine and Food in general and Wine and Cheese in particular. We actually have a class which focuses specifically on this. As it is so important though, we always make sure we share white and red wines during our meals, chosen to pair well in our opinion with the food we cook. And being at the table together is a good opportunity to discuss about wine as well, with concepts such as “terroir” (to simplify, terroir means “what you do depends on where you are”) which are essential to grasp the way the French think about Food.
And all this will always go with a cheering “Santé” – which quite simply means, to your good health!

More About Our Baguettes Classes

Getting a bit technical during our Baguette Class in Paris

The French baguette, actually probably better known as the Parisian baguette has beome a true symbol of French popular gastronomy. A true icon of French life even - look around and you will see the Parisians strolling back home with their baguettes under their arm. But if you are French why would you learn how to do this? You can buy a baguette at any corner of Paris for about one Euro a piece.  But in our Baguette Class in Paris  you will learn how do this from scratch. It is somewhat technical, but also full of tips and tricks. But when you leave, it will have not secret left for you. From the original mix to the famous "scarification" through adding water to your oven through baking, you will see and do it all.

Learning more during your Baguette class in Paris: Croque Monsieur Bread and Brioche

This class is like all our other baking or cooking classes: totally hands-on. So you get to practice from beginning to end - and to taste at the end. But not only will you learn how to make Baguette, but you will also learn to make two more types of bread: the French Croque Monsieur bread. The basis for the classic French bistrot appetizer. And in your Baguette class in Paris you will also learn how to make your own Brioche. Probably the most indulgent bread you will find in France - if not the lightest ...

And you might learn some history during your Baguette Class in Paris

While you will learn the techniques to create - and get to taste - three classic types of French breads, you will also learn some of the stories on the origin of the baguette. Just beware it is still being quite hotly debated. What is for sure though is that the Baguette is absolutely part of today Parisian's life. A classic you will be able to take back home with you.

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Cheese and Wine in Paris

The pleasures we can derive from French cuisine can seem endless.  However two of the best known and loved French gastronomic heroes are French cheese and wine. Whether we talk about a Brie which actually comes from very close to Paris, to a creamy Camembert from Normandy, or a Comté from the Alps, French cheese has a delight for all palates. And of course, French wines are even better known whether from Bordeaux great wines or Burgundy sophisticated whites – all of which enthral wine lovers.  Well, at our course on cheese and wine in Paris you will come to appreciate that although each is delicious on its own, properly matched cheese and wine together can make the experience of each even more enjoyable and an absolute delight.

How to pair French cheese and wine

Because not all pairings are actually what people expect, at Le Foodist we have decided to call these experiences 'Daring Pairings'. Maybe because we like to step out of the ordinary to challenge our taste buds, but really all we try to do is give you the perfect match fo cheese and wine in Paris.  So not only will you learn how to select the best wine to go with your cheese, but you will also learn what are the big cheese families in France – there are actually only five, and this is one of the keys to great pairing. In discovering all these pairings of cheese with wine you will be convinced that indeed two things together can be better than the sum of their parts.

It is important to have fun with pairing cheese and wine in Paris

Beyond the tastings though, we have found that the best way to help our clients remember and re-use their experience is to vary the way to approach both wine and cheese.  That is why during our courses on cheese and wine in Paris we share sensory games and many an anecdote to bring the produce to life in your mind as well as on your palate. Overall we will feature four excellent wines, one Champagne and demonstrate to you how best each combines with cheese, letting your taste guide you along with our teaching.

Understanding cheese and wine pairing while in Paris

While for many top Parisian wine stores and restaurant wine lists can be confusing and even intimidating, we believe that after our lunch learning how to pair cheese and wine in Paris, you will feel much more comfortable navigating all of those.  And we sincerely hope your knowledge will help you unlock a door to a whole new world of enjoyment of French wine and cheese pairing.  At every step of the way our sommelier will also share unique tips and tricks to understand wines better and how culture and wine are so related in France; hopefully enriching your own experience as well.

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