Dining in France


Drinking in France 

 Boissons san Alcool (Non-alcholic drinks)

Soft drinks and juices are common, as is tea (thé) or infusions (herbal tea).  Water, (eau) is usually drunk with meals.  If you would like tap water, request Eau Nature.  Bottled water is most common with bubbles, such as Perrier.  If you prefer water without bubbles order Evian.  Ice cubes are quite uncommon, and may be available only in Mc Donald's or overpriced establishments catering to tourists.


Milk (lait) is regularly served only with coffee for breakfast and not with any other meal.  Ordering a glass of milk with a meal is not common.


Coffee is made almost completely from espresso machines.  It is common with breakfast, during the day, or after your dessert with dinner.


Biére (Beer)

Biére is consumed during the daytime as a refreshing drink.  It is often bottled, but may be available on tap (á la pression).  Most beer is light in color (blonde), though dark (brune) is available.


 Vin (Wine)

When the French travel in France, they prefer to order the Vin du Pays or local wine, which most often will also be the Vin du Maison, or house wine.  You can select from Blanc (white), Rouge (red), or Rosé (pink).  In a fine restaurant, the waiter will present the Carte des Vins, or wine list, with the menu.  Please visit our page about French Wine.


Apéritifs (Aperitif)

The French will often have an Apéritif before a meal, much as we might order a cocktail.  These are wine based, fortified with brandy, and infused with fruit and herb flavors.  They can be sweet, bitter, or bittersweet.



Except for hotels that cater to international tourists and business travelers, you will not easily find an American style cocktail.  You may find a bar that has a sign saying "Bar Américain," which signifies that they serve familiar cocktails.  But even then you may not find the same selection or understanding.  For example, if you order a Martini, you will be served sweet (Martini & Rossi) vermouth.  Your best bet is to stick with the local drink, wine!


For more information about Wine in France, Eating in France or Meals in France, please click on these links.  Bon Appétit!


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