The Best Food in France

March 1, 2012 by

Best Of Lists, Eating & Restaurants, Travel Tips

Get some colorful macaroons while in Paris. Photo courtesy of UggBoy via Flickr.

Get some colorful macaroons while in Paris. Photo courtesy of UggBoy via Flickr.

You’ll discover the best food in France at the Maison Dalloyau house of gastronomy. France is as much about food as it is about art and when you combine the two you get the gorgeous edibles produced by Maison Dalloyau. From their famous colorful macaroons and the beautiful and delicious cakes, to that Frenchest of things, foie gras and a fricassee de champignons, these people know how to make something special with food.

Established in 1682, Maison Dalloyau is still in the hands of the original family with a new generation recently having taken over from their mother. The very first Dalloyau prepared banquets for Louis XIV at Versailles. These days creative cuisine is available to all of us not just the kings and queens, and there are eight locations in Paris including five Salon de The Dalloyau, or tea rooms at Bastille, Luxembourg, Boulogne, Convention and Saint-Honore. This last one is their original store and has a restaurant upstairs if you can drag yourself past the cakes and pastries.

Dalloyau cakes are also available in the gourmet food hall at Galeries Lafayette, Paris’s iconic department store near the Opera. One of Dalloyau’s most famous cakes, invented in 1955, is called Opera and is eight layers of liqueur soaked cake, chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream. They will also make up gift boxes and meal trays if you have a special occasion and cater dinners, receptions and so on. Recently they have taken over the kitchens of the Moulin Rouge which is a great honor for that iconic club. Paris is full of cake shops but Maison Dalloyau is the one to head for if you want to taste the best French patisseries in the world.

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Philippa Burne

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