Eating & Drinking

Eating...

University restaurants are a fixture of student life in France. The prices are low: a complete meal costs just 2.40 Euros. Anyone with a valid student ID card can use any of the 450 university restaurants found throughout France. Some are open nights and on weekends. France's university restaurants are managed by CROUS.

You can also get a good meal in the many cafés and restaurants you'll find in every French city. Prices for a complete meal (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) range from 10 Euros to astronomical sums in 3-star "temples of French gastronomy" such as Alain Ducasse, Paul Bocuse, and Bernard Loiseau. Between these two extremes you will find many friendly establishments serving very good food.

If your residence has cooking facilities, you should explore the food stores in your area. You'll find small neighborhood shops, supermarkets, and open-air markets. And no matter where you live in France, you won't be far from a bakery where you can buy baguettes and croissants.

 

Drinking …

Wine is an institution in France. You may be familiar with the grands crûs of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Côtes du Rhône, but there are many other wine regions, including the Loire Valley, Alsace, and southern France. Wine is enjoyed among friends, with a good meal, and in moderation.

You can order wine in a café, but, as the name implies, cafés specialize in coffee. Some terminology may be in order : in France, a restaurant serves meals, a brasserie meals and hot and cold drinks, and a café mostly drinks.

 
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