The « Claire et Hugo » near the train station in Troyes – CC Superjuju10

First the hamburger chains, now the food trucks. Well, I’m passing the smelling salts for those of you of a sensitive disposition, but I’m afraid French consumers are taking to street food like there’s no lendemain. They have been around for a long time now. Even in the deep countryside you constantly come across pizza and kebab trucks with offerings that range from the delicious to the suspicious. But in recent years, the arrival of the gourmet foodtruck has created a wave of young, fresh, and creative gastronomy on wheels.

If you’re thinking a starting your own business, this may be something to consider, although there is a catch. While the foodtrucks in circulation enjoy a very healthy and growing demand, the official numbers according the blog Food & Sens only account for 110 trucks in France. This may be due to the fact that the legislation is not quite up to date with the occurrence, and sometimes communities don’t quite know how to categorize them in order to issue a permit.

What’s next? Well, the proliferation of food tricycles is quickly picking up speed, offering coffee, pastries, and even cocktails, and becoming more and more sophisticated. The advantage is that they don’t need a parking spot, but the downside, of course, is that they are limited to what they can carry.

Have you encountered one of these meals-on-wheels on your French travels yet?

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