Locations of Places in France
Practically every region of France is heir to a characteristic culinary tradition. Consequently, to a gourmet, location is not just a matter of directions and distances, but of tastes and aromas as well. While the fascinating variations among regional ingredients and styles of cooking are gradually being smeared out, location still counts.
Here are a couple of examples to show how we specify locations in France. The numbers in bold type are French telephone area codes--01 for the Paris metropolitan area and 02...05 for the North-East through South-West quadrants of the country exclusive of Paris. To find specified locations on a map, we suggest using our Map of Area Codes and Regions and the town or Paris Métro-stop maps to which links are given where appropriate.
"France 01, Neuilly (Maillot): Restaurant la Truffe Noire*" means that Restaurant la Truffe Noire* (* denotes a Michelin star) is located in area 01 (Paris metropolitan area), in the town Neuilly in that area, and in the neighborhood in that town near the Métro stop Porte Maillot.
"France 04, PROVENCE, Trets: Restaurant le Clos Gourmand" means that Restaurant le Clos Gourmand is located in area 04 (South-East France), in the region Provence in that area, and in the town Trets in that region.
In accounts of restaurant visits, we give the street address and phone number of a restaurant only if it is not listed in the Michelin Guide to Hotels and Restaurants.