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

First the hamburguers 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?

4 Responses to “Is nothing sacred!? Foodtrucks are loving it in France”

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    I live in a small university town in Midwest USA and the business I work for recently moved downtown. We discovered there are 3 food trucks that appear on Fridays about 4 blocks from our office. They park next to an old warehouse, and the big doors are open to reveal tables and chairs set up inside for food truck foodies. So far, I’ve enjoyed a vegetarian truck named EMT food service (like an ambulance, lol) and the Mexican food truck. I noticed the other one was southern barbeque food. So, far, the food’s been excellent. :-)

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    Gerry Cramer

    I’m retired and for the past ten years have lived in the Creuse in Southwestern France. I found your article on Truck food interesting. I began trading on the welsh Markets in the early Eighties, selling food stuffs such as vacuum packed bacon, pre packed cheeses and Cakes of all sorts. I had a very large walk in type van which had plenty of room, so decided to carry a small gas cooker range, originally it was intended for our own use, however after the first day of cooking bacon on our range (which as stated was for our own use) the aroma circulated around the rather Large Market and brought a surprising response from my fellow traders and the general public who inundated us initially for bacon rolls, anyway to shorten a long story, it prompted me to start selling bacon,cheese salad, chicken, and roast beef rolls, plus many other configurations of “On The Hoof ” varieties of, what we described as hand held convenience foods which very quickly developed into a full time occupation, and to shorten the story further, it lead, a few short years later to my opening four shops with a full working Bakery producing bread rolls and popular cake varieties (such as American style muffins) But that experience on the Markets developing a knew Demand lead business was so exciting that the feeling is still with me to this day. I retired from an absolutely thriving business at the age of sixty eight lived in France until recently when my wife and I have now returned to our home town, at nearly eighty, to spend the rest of our days here where we had all that success and incidentally where our old business is still thriving despite all the economic problems that have beset our old community.

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      Eveline Oehrlich

      What a great story! I am a professional in technology living in the USA and want to open a food truck in South France (by Frejus) as soon as my high school student is off to college. I am so very ready for it but there is very little information to find. I am German so is my husband and we already have a house in South France. Any pointers you can send me on how to get this legally started would be great. I also want to do events – e.g. birthday partys, anniversaries, x-mas events – as I am 1. a great cook, 2. a great party organizer.

      Thank you so much and happy retirement.


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