French cuisine is famous for its rich flavors, its daring ingredients, and highly acclaimed cooking techniques that often set an example on the international food scene. Keep reading to find out what delicacies you should sample at least once during any trip to France.

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A Classic Dish: Coq-Au-Vin

Sometimes, the classics are best. Although French cuisine offers a lot in the way of meats, this chicken dish is one of the country’s most popular. Coq-au-vin, which literally translates to “rooster in wine” is iconic among French chefs and actually has a fascinating history. It is said to date back to the days of Julius Caesar, although the first record of the recipe being use is traced back to the early 20thcentury.

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This is a simple and hearty dish that is a must in the winter. It features rooster or chicken marinated with red wine, garlic, bacon, and mushrooms. While some dishes are quick to eat and can even be purchased from street vendors, this is the kind of delicacy that you’ll want to enjoy seated in a nice restaurant.

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth: Paris-Brest

French cuisine has no shortage of sweets. From macarons to crepes to crème brulee, anybody with a sweet tooth will be in their element on a trip to France. One divine dessert that you have to try in Paris is the Paris-Brest which was curiously named after a bicycle race.Commonly found in Parisian patisseries, the dessert features choux pastry that is garnished with praline buttercream. Caramelized almonds are also sprinkled on top for an added crunch. The pastry is shaped like a wheel, making the dish look as good as it tastes.You’ll now be able to find this dessert all over France, although it was designed in the first place in 1910 to commemorate the bicycle race that took competitors from Paris to Brittany and back. It’s almost blasphemy to leave France without trying it!NEXT: 10 Egyptian Delicacies You'll Fall In Love With