French cuisine is extremely diverse, with only the Chinese having similar variety in their food. This variety is supported by the French passion for good food in all its forms, France's extraordinary range of different geographies and climates which support the local production of all types of ingredients, and France's long and varied history. In many ways, an understanding of the culture of French food and recipes is an understanding of France itself.

Meals range from the very basic, such as the traditional baguette plus cheese plus inexpensive wine, to very elaborate affairs than can involve a dozen courses and different wines consumed over several hours. Obviously, the latter type of dining is exceptional for most people. However, it is this more sophisticated dining which is typically found in "French restaurants" outside France, giving many foreigners the mistaken impression that French food is heavy and complicated. In fact, much of the French cuisine is fairly simple, relying on high quality fresh ingredients and loving preparation rather than complex recipes.

  CINQUANTE CINQ  

Joaquin Costa 55 Telf. 963 255 029

District - L'L´Eixample  

An inexpensive stylish bistro that serves freshly prepared country-style French cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. The specialities are confit of duck and the foie gras. The lunchtime menu is very reasonable. Closed Sunday and Monday night
     
  LA FONDUE

Serrano Morales, 11
Telf. 963 747 484
District - L'L´Eixample  
www.lafonduevalencia.com
Just a two-minute walk from Plaza de Cánovas, one of the best and most exclusive areas in Valencia, is this restaurant, whose specialty, as the name indicates, is the tasty and delicate fondue Savoyarde, made with cheese and the meat based fondue Bouguignone. Price - €25 to €35
     
  LA FONDUE DE BACHILLER

Calle del Bachiller, 22, 46010 Valencia

Telf. 963 607 554
District – El Pla Del Real
www.lafonduedebachiller.com
Fondues include Swiss, Dutch, Danish and Roquefort specialities. Beef, pork and vegetarian so everyone is catered for. There are delicious chocolate and fruit fondues in the dessert section.  
     

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