And though these goodies hail from different regions in France, they typically are found in Paris food shops at affordable prices (check any Monoprix grocery store), evoking a taste of the country long after you arrive home.
Six delicacies to bring back to your pantry for a taste of France:
> Chocolate: Lyon
Anything from the bean-to-bar chocolate maker Bernachon in Lyon is worth the two-hour train ride from Paris.
> Fleur de Sel: Brittany
> Prunes: Agen
Nothing like grandma’s, these partially dried prunes from Gascony are “deeply chocolaty in flavor,” says Lebovitz.
> Buckwheat Flower Honey: Brittany
Sample varieties of this golden treat at local markets. Brittany’s musky, buckwheat flower honey is the crown jewel.
> Espelette Pepper: Espelette
Ground from chili peppers grown in the Basque countryside, these mild, fragrant flakes enhance most dishes. Try Albert Ménès Piment d’Espelette.
> Dijon Mustard: Beaune
Not all Dijon mustards are made with seeds from France. Artisanal Edmond Fallot’s Burgundy mustard always is.
This piece by Susan O’Keefe, manager of content development for National Geographic Expeditions, appeared in the November 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Follow Susan on Twitter @sokeefetrav.