Fantastique French Food: 5 Facts About France Pavilion’s Food

by | Jan 4, 2024 | EPCOT, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney World Food

Take a bite out of these facts about the delicious France Pavilion food in EPCOT.

105: Nope, it’s not the number of Disney resorts or shops in Magic Kingdom Park, nor is it all the ways to meet Mickey on your trip to Walt Disney World. It’s the number of different bites of food you can get in the France Pavilion! EPCOT’s France Pavilion is a trés populaire food lovers’ paradise right in the foodiest park in the most magical place on earth.

Why? Grab a baguette, a crêpe, and some macarons because we’re about to take a delicious stroll through France with five fantastique France Pavilion food facts.

1. The France Pavilion is Home to the Most Food in EPCOT

With the opening of the two new dining locations in the new Ratatouille-themed expansion, France is officially the pavilion with the most dining locations. Here’s a full list of places to get some of the finest French food in the France Pavilion:

L’Artisan des Glaces

Are your kids begging for something sweet, but you don’t feel like hoofing it over to Norway for that famous school bread? Try out this quick-service ice cream shop featuring 14 flavors of glaces and sorbet.

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Photo by Mike Billick

The Croque Glacé is a French ice cream sandwich with your choice of glace and sauce pressed warm in a homemade brioche.

Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie

Head to Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie for quick-service pastries, sandwiches, and delectable dishes, including Quiche Lorraine.

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Photo by Rich Ramos

Tasty Tip: Les Halles tends to open before the rest of World Showcase and can be a great breakfast spot when coming in from the Skyliner or EPCOT resorts.

Le Vins des Chefs de France

This shop and its kiosk along the waterfront serve a variety of wines as well as the famous France Pavilion slushies. This includes the dangerously drinkable Orange Slush with Grand Marnier, Rum, Grey Goose Orange, and Orange Juice.

La Crêperie de Paris

This new Table-Service restaurant specializes in crêpes. This must-eat spot also offers a quick-service window with a more limited menu (see below).

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Photo by Tina Chiu

La Crêperie carries a variety of savory crêpes—such as Chévre, Saumon, and Ratatouille—and sweet dessert crêpes, including the Gourmande featuring hazelnut-spread, a staple in most Parisian households.

Crêpes Á Emporter by La Crêperie de Paris

Rushing to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure or can’t get a table at La Crêperie de Paris? Scurry over to this quick-service restaurant for sweet and savory crêpes.

Chefs de France

Chefs de France is famous for its table service, which rivals that of a French Bistro in the heart of Paris. The Filet de boeuf grille with pommes purée is a clever take on the classic French dish Steak Frites.

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Photo by Cliff Wang

Tasty Tidbit: At one time, there was actually an adorable Remy puppet who would entertain guests at Chefs de France. The little Remy would travel around on a fancy cart in a tray of cheese and fruit with an entertaining maitre d’. These days, Remy and Emile are human-sized characters.

Monsieur Paul

Be transported to fine dining in the heart of France. This restaurant features gourmet French dishes with a modern twist like Escargot Cromesquis and Le Vacherin Exotique. Get dressed up and splurge on the seven-course Prix Fixe Degustation.

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Photo by Judd Helms

2. Disney Has a Partnership with Chef Paul Bocuse

How has Disney brought the French culinary tradition to EPCOT? A long-running association with legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse. The partnership with Chef Bocuse is a huge culinary win for Disney.

Chef Bocuse was named Chef of the Century in 2011 and achieved three Michelin stars for 48 straight years at his restaurant in France. But his work with Disney was among his greatest accomplishments.

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Chef Paul Bocuse posing with Remy. Photo courtesy of Disney

Chef Paul Bocuse has been making culinary magic with Disney dating all the way back to the opening of EPCOT in 1982 and the restaurant that has been in the France Pavilion since opening day, Le Chefs de France (now just Chefs de France). This restaurant was the first Bocuse-affiliated restaurant in America.

Disney also worked with Bocuse for the restaurant Bistro Chez Rémy in Disneyland Paris.

You can see pictures of Bocuse and his culinary life, and even a famous shot with Mickey, in the gorgeous spiral staircase leading up to Monsieur Paul.

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The stunning staircase at Monsieur Paul featuring a photo of Paul Bocuse and Mickey. Photo by Trisha Daab

Sadly, Chef Bocuse passed away in 2018. He was a big Ratatouille fan and was even the inspiration for Auguste Gusteau in the film.

3. A Continued Legacy

The Bocuse love of Disney and the magical culinary legacy lives on in Chef Paul’s son Jerome Bocuse, who has continued the partnership with Disney.

Like his father, Jerome relies on an important man behind the scenes in the kitchens, Chef Bruno. In the early 1980s, Chef Paul Bocuse called one of his young up and coming chefs in France, Chef Bruno, and asked him to come work in a restaurant in the US. Chef Bruno didn’t realize the restaurant was in a theme park until he arrived. Since EPCOT opened in 1982, Chef Bruno has been whipping up magical dishes in the France Pavilion.

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Chef Bruno at Chefs de France in 2017. Photo by Trisha Daab

Tasty Tidbit: Chef Bruno and his team are constantly creating new dishes. They are the team behind the delectable dishes at the France food kiosks in all the EPCOT festivals: Marketplaces during Food & Wine, Holiday Kitchens for Festival of the Holidays, Food Studios at Festival of the Arts, and Outdoor Kitchens during Flower & Garden.

You can typically find Chef Bruno at Chefs de France, but he was recently spotted whipping up delicious crepes over at La Crêperie de Paris.

4. Tasty Treats and Hidden Rodents

France offers a few clever themed treats. One of the tasty delights that Chef Bruno and his team are whipping up are Anton-Ego-worthy Ratatouille Galettes at the Crêperie. They’re among the best France Pavilion food to date.

At L’Artisan des Glaces, you can ask to have macarons added to your glaces (ice cream) or sorbet, giving it a little extra magic.

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Glace with a little Mickey Magic. Photo courtesy of Trisha Daab

Rats and mice can both be found at the France Pavilion. There is an adorable Little Chef topiary at the entrance to the Ratatouille area, along with a series of charming Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots. Plus, we’ve spotted Remy and Emile hanging out over here.

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Photo by Tina Chiu

Tasty Tidbit: Foodies can get decked out in exclusive Ratatouille and France food-themed merch. Originally, the Remy merch was located near the expanded section of the France Pavilion, but it’s found a new home.

5. Movies and Food

Want even more Disney movie food moments? You can sing, you can dance in France with Lumiere at the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along.

Then, get ready to captivate all your senses on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. You will travel to Paris, shrink down to rat size, and help Chef Remy as he races around Gusteau’s. With the opening of this ride, France is now the only pavilion with a movie-themed show and ride.

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Photo by Tina Chiu

Food at the France Pavilion

The France Pavilion’s food is unrivaled, making it arguably the best place for food lovers in the most Magical Place on Earth. Bon appétit!

A Look Inside the Expanded France Pavilion: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Creperie de Paris

 

Posts by Trisha Daab

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Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food and characters at Walt Disney World. Find her on the WDW Magazine blog and in the magazine “Character Magic” column. When not writing about Disney, Trisha is traveling for food or spoiling her Disney dog, Wall-E. Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom
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Trisha Daab

Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food and characters at Walt Disney World. Find her on the WDW Magazine blog and in the magazine “Character Magic” column. When not writing about Disney, Trisha is traveling for food or spoiling her Disney dog, Wall-E. Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom
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