Traditional cuisine dauphinoise typically involves heavy use of potatoes, cheese, sausage and tourtons (a type of pastry ravioli). Gratin dauphinois, potato and cream bake, is an especially prized local speciality.

However, many restaurants have a lighter touch, like the North African and vegetarian offerings in Grenoble and a community of culinary innovators in Briançon. Elsewhere, bistro classics, pizzas, crêpes and cheese fondues tend to reign supreme.