Traditional French Foods Le Nord, Picardy & Alsace Lorraine France

Check out the traditional French foods of northeast France when visiting the regions. Most of the regional specialties are popular French foods enjoyed throughout France.

North East France

Le Nord & Picardy

Bêtises de Cambrai: Cambrai, inland from Calais famous for this mint-flavored candy and eaten throughout France.

Mimolette: a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese. Originates around Lille. Orange in color with a brownish rind.

Turkey. This region is a big turkey-breeding center. I thought the French didn’t eat turkey but I guess I’m mistaken. It must be that my mother-in-law just doesn’t like turkey.

Traveling to other regions? Check out delicious traditional France food in other parts of France.

Traditional French Foods


Pieds de Couchon (grilled pigs trotters/pigs feet): A local specialty of the town of Sainte-Menehould.

Carre De L’est: a square shaped cheese from the cow’s milk of this region and Lorraine.

Sauerkraut: Made at Brienne-le Château. A Sauerkraut festival is held every year in September.

The Champagne region is most famous for its wine. Check out this and the other French wine regions.

Lorraine France

traditional-french-foods-1-lorraine-plumb-tartHomemade mirabelle plumb tart from the backyard tree

Mirabelle Plum Jam: mostly comes from the variety of small yellow plums that grow in the Alsace Lorraine France regions. They are very sweet and have a wonderful smell.

Dragées (sugared almonds) are the famous specialty of Verdun France. If you’re interested in the history of French foods, it has been consumed as far back as Roman times. One of the traditional French foods served at important family events like christenings, first communion, and weddings.

Quiche Lorraine (quiche with black bacon) is the specialty of Lorraine and eaten all over France

Boulay Macaroons: a traditional macaroon made in the town of Boulay. Made with egg whites, crushed almonds and a sugar icing.


Borders Germany with some similarity in cuisine:

traditional french foods alsaceHomemade choucroute garni

Choucroute Garni: Sauerkraut, sausages and pork. A specialty of Alsace since the 1600s when it no longer belonged to Germany. Lots of cabbage is grown in this area hence the sauerkraut. Krautergersheim near Obernai is the most important sauerkraut-producing area.

Pâté de Foie Gras en croûte: goose liver French pate (pâté) wrapped in a thin layer of minced veal and covered by a pastry crust.

Truffles: The most famous truffles come from Limersheim and Hindersheim. One of the traditional French foods used in high cuisine famous French food recipes. Like the famous French pate (pâté) de fois gras which is traditionally seasoned with truffles.

Alsatian Honey: especially Miel de Sapin which is golden red and made from the tips of silver fir needles. It is prized by connoisseurs because of its special flavor

traditional french foods cherry tartCherry tart and other delicacies of the region

Famous for Fruit. Orchards of fruit and berries preserved in syrup and served throughout France or eaten fresh.

Keep an eye out for local jams of bilberries and blackberries that come from this regions forest.

Kugelhopf cake: enjoyed year round and also one of the delicious French Christmas desserts of Alsace.

Bretzels (like a pretzel but with caraway. Traditionally served with beer)

Alsace wine region is a great area to visit. Tour the beautiful countryside, taste the wine and sample the food.

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