French Christmas Market: a culinary journey

15 November 2023

A visit to a French Christmas market is a sensory delight, and the focus on food plays a central role in creating a festive atmosphere. Here's what you can expect when it comes to culinary offerings at these charming markets.

1. Raclette cheese: a winter classic

Raclette is a star attraction at French Christmas markets. The sight and aroma of melted raclette cheese being scraped onto plates of potatoes, cured meats, and pickles is a quintessential winter experience. This gooey, flavorful delight warms both the body and the soul, making it a must-try for visitors seeking a taste of Alpine tradition.


2. Crêpes: sweet and savoury treats

Crepes, those thin and delectable pancakes, are a staple at Christmas markets throughout France. From the sizzle of batter hitting the griddle to the artful folding of these delicate creations, watching crepes being made is an experience in itself. Whether you prefer yours filled with Nutella, fruit, or savory delights like ham and cheese, there's a crepe for every palate.

3. Saucissons: charcuterie galore

Charcuterie lovers rejoice at the abundance of saucissons, or cured sausages, available at French Christmas markets. The stalls showcase a variety of flavors, from traditional garlic-infused options to those enriched with wine or herbs. Sampling these savory delights is not just a gastronomic experience but an exploration of the rich tradition of French charcuterie.

4. Local and Artisanal Delicacies

Beyond the holiday classics, Christmas markets showcase local and artisanal products. From handmade chocolates to regional cheeses, these markets provide an excellent opportunity to explore the diverse culinary offerings of different French regions.

So, if a journey to France seems impractical this holiday season, let the Alliance Française Xmas Market at Spring Place be your ticket to a magical experience!

1-3 December in Melbourne's CBD (Madame Brussels Lane)
Discover all the stallholders and information on our dedicated page.