17 Typical French Breakfasts: A Look at Popular Breakfasts in France

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If you are traveling to France, you may be wondering what do the French eat for breakfast? The answer is that there is no one single dish in French Breakfasts. Different parts of France have their own traditional breakfast foods.

However, there are some common French breakfast dishes that you can find throughout the country. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most popular breakfasts in France.

What is a typical breakfast in France?

French breakfasts are a delicious and hearty way to start your day, and they offer a unique glimpse into French culinary tradition. From croissants and brioche to omelets and tartines, French breakfasts come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from both sweet and savory options.

The most common items come in the form of bread or pastries.

Brioche is one of the most versatile options for Breakfast in France


Brioche is a French breakfast food that is made from a dough of flour, yeast, eggs, and butter. The dough is then shaped into a loaf and baked until golden brown. You can have brioche as either sweet or savory options. Savory brioche can come with meats or vegetables, while sweet brioche can have jams, honey, or chocolate.

Brioche is very popular for breakfast in France because you can easily customise it. It is perfect for those who want something delicious and satisfying to start their day.

Sweet French Breakfast Foods In France


Beignets are a French pastry that is made from a doughnut-like batter. The beignets are then deep-fried and covered in icing sugar. Locals usually have them as a dessert or quick snack in France, but they can also be eaten for breakfast.

Pain Perdu is a tasty option for French breakfast

Pain Perdu (French Toast)

One of the most popular French breakfasts is Pain Perdu. This is your French toast made with bread that is dipped in eggs and milk, then fried.

Pain Perdu actually translates to “lost bread” which refers to stale bread. Cooking it this way, you can salvage stale bread into a delicious dish. French toast goes well with butter, syrup or even fruits and honey.

A sweet and nice start to your day before getting out to explore the famous landmarks of France.

Tartine (Baguette with Butter and Jam)

Tartine is a French breakfast dish of jam and bread, typically a baguette. A baguette is a French bread that is long and thin. The bread is toasted and then spread with jam or honey. It also taste superb with other toppings, such as Nutella, honey, or cheese. Tartine is a simple, but filling breakfast in France.

Croissants is a common choice for breakfast in France


Croissants are a crescent-shaped, French pastry that is made from laminated dough. The dough is layered with butter and then rolled out into a sheet. It is then cut into triangular shapes, rolled up into a crescent shape ad baked until golden brown. Croissants can come with jams or honey, and even chocolate fillings.

This delicious pastry is one of the many things that France is famous for.

Pain Au Chocolat

Pain Au Chocolat is a French breakfast pastry that is made from croissant dough that is filled with chocolate. The dough is rolled out into a sheet and then cut into rectangles. The rectangles are then folded and baked.

Pain Au Chocolat is famously good in France

Chaussons aux Pommes

Chaussons aux Pommes is a French breakfast dish consisting of puff pastry and apples. The name simply translates as “apple turnover”. The puff pastry is wrapped around the apples and then baked. Chaussons aux Pommes is a delicious French breakfast dish.

Buckwheat Crepes

Crepes are a French breakfast food from buckwheat flour. They are thin and light, and can go with a variety of different ingredients. They are quick to make and super versatile. Sugar, Nutella, or jam are some of the common fillings to put on a crepe.


French Breakfast Puff

A French breakfast puff is like a muffin and a popular option for breakfast in France. They are coated with sugar and cinnamon, making this one sinful French breakfast. However, if you are a fan of muffin and have a sweet tooth, this will be your jam.

Yogurt and Fruit

In contrast, many also French people start their day with a healthy breakfast of yogurt and fruit. Yogurt can be eaten plain or with various flavors of jam, honey, or syrup. French fruit salad typically includes grapes, apples, pears, oranges, and strawberries.

Savory French Breakfast Foods In France

Most common breakfasts in France are sweet options. However, there are also savory French breakfast food options throughout the country.

French Radishes are traditional French Breakfast food

French Radishes With Butter And Salt On Toast 

One of these dishes is French radishes with butter and salt on toast. French radishes are a type of radish originating from France. They are small and have a white flesh and a red skin.

French radishes are typically eaten raw, but they can also be cooked. French radishes with butter and salt on toast is a simple, but delicious French breakfast dish. The dish is made by toasting bread and then spreading it with butter. The toast is then topped with French radishes and salt.

Croque Madame

Croque Madame is a French breakfast dish that has the popular ham and cheese combination. The ham and cheese are sandwiched between two slices of bread and then grilled or toasted. The Croque Madame is usually served with a poached or fried egg on top.

The Croque Madame is a variation of the Croque Monsieur.

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Croque Madame and Monsieur are typical French breakfasts

Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur is another French breakfast dish that is made with ham and cheese. The main difference is that the bread is dipped into a beaten egg mixture before being grilled. In some sense, this is like a french toast with ham and cheese.

Both french dishes come from Paris Ile-de-France. A sweet and nice start to your day before getting out to check out the famous landmarks in Paris.


As you probably realised, eggs are a big part of French breakfasts. Omelettes are another common French breakfast dish. You only need simple ingredients like eggs, milk, butter, and salt. Nothing super spectacular in comparisons to omelettes in other parts of the world. However, omelettes are versatile and you can mix it with a variety of fillings, such as cheese, ham, vegetables, or herbs.

Quiche Lorraine is one of the most filling french breakfasts

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine is a French tart that is made with eggs, milk, bacon, and cheese. The cheese is typically Gruyere or Emmental. Quiche Lorraine is often served with a side salad for breakfast. It is a delicious and easy French breakfast dish.

Popular Drinks In French Breakfasts

Coffee And Tea

Of course, no French breakfast would be complete without coffee or tea. Coffee and tea are usually served with milk and sugar on the side. If you order coffee at a cafe in France, it will likely come with a small piece of cake or a pastry as well.

French Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a popular drink in France that is enjoyed during breakfast. The hot chocolate is made with French chocolate, milk, and sugar. It is usually served with croissants or beignets. French hot chocolate is a delicious way to start the day!

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Enjoying Breakfast In France

These are just some of the most popular French breakfasts. As you can see, there is no one specific French breakfast dish. French people typically eat pastries, breads, eggs, and yogurt for breakfast. From croissants and pain au chocolat to omelets and crêpes, these breakfast foods will give you a boost of energy.

Before you can explore the museums in Paris or famous landmarks in France, find some time to sit down, relax, and enjoy a delicious French breakfast! Bon appetit!



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