About a month ago I shared my scavenger hunt using Google Maps to explore real Parisian restaurants. While I love having students explore Paris this way, I also like to use the more detailed menus to teach with. Some ways I use menus: Ask students to discuss what they want and how much it costs or have students answer questions about the items on the menu for homework or on a test.
Below are some menus I've used in my classroom along with some others I've added for more variety. You'll notice that not only are there a variety of countries and continents represented, but also the type of food contains quite a range. I'll admit that I do show my students McDonald's and other fast food menus. While they are not the healthiest places to eat, I show students what McDonald's is like in France - how it looks different and offers different menu items. It helps dispel the myth that the French eat only haute cuisine, and helps them understand how an American concept like fast food has been adapted to suit French tastes. Additionally, many of the items on the menu are cognates, making it an easier menu to comprehend. The varying currencies on the menus open up an opportunity to discuss more than just the Euro.
The menus with stars are better suited for intermediate or advanced students, and the ones without stars are especially useful for novice students.
- African Village Hotel, Djibouti
- La Banquise, Montréal, Québec
- Café Be, Printemps, Paris
- Chameleon, Paris*
- Le Cochon Dingue, Québec
- Le Cochon Dingue (Carte Lunch Weekend), Québec
- Le Coco's, Tahiti, Polynésie française*
- Complètement Toqué, Bastogne, Belgique*
- La Croissanterie, France
- Déli-cieux, Printemps, Paris (a café on the roof of Printemps)
- La Grillardière, Casablanca, Maroc
- Hôtel DuPeyrou, Neuchâtel, Suisse*
- Le Mabouya, Sainte-Luce, Martinique*
- McDonald's, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
- Paillaird, Québec, Québec*
- Pause et Vous (Page 1, Page 2), Lyon France
- Le Piano, Porticcio, Corse, France*
- Rapide Pizza, Six-Fours-Les-Plages, France
- Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Sénégal
- Au Stade, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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