France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Food & Drink in Brittany, France
Brittany is known for crêpes and cider, as well as delicious seafood!

 


   

 

Crêpes (sweet) and galettes (savory) are traditional Breton foods, served in many restaurants and occasionally sold as snacks on the street. They can provide a delicious and relatively inexpensive meal and are found throughout Brittany and Normandy, as well as in Paris and other parts of France. More...

With its long coastline, Brittany is also a center for great seafood. Enjoy a lunch or dinner of moules frites (mussels served with French fries/chips) or indulge in delicious fresh oysters.

If you're feeling adventuresome, try bigorneaux (periwinkles). Breton seafood is well known, for good reason. Muscadet wine, from the Nantes area, is often served with seafood. More...

Brittany also has its traditional drinks, from slightly fizzy cider to strong Calvados apple brandy. A variety of apéritifs, many cider-based, are also available. More...

And of course there are the desserts/sweets. The traditional kouign amann is a delicious pastry of butter, flour, and sugar. The butter and sugar are folded into the pastry, creating layers of dough, and the baking caramelizes the sugar.

Patisseries sell large ones for the family, and individual small ones for snacks. How could you resist? After passing lots of shops in St-Malo, we couldn't:

Kouign amman pastry, Brittany, France

Yum! Another local dessert specialty is a Far Breton, a dense custard similar to a clafouti, usually containing prunes. Not overly sweet and fairly simple to make, the Far is a popular dish in Brittany.

I strongly believe that experiencing and enjoying the local food and drink is a big part of the cultural experience of travel (and then you can compare it to Normandy food and drink).

Breton food and drink is delicious and memorable, so enjoy!


Cider in Brittany

Crêpes and Galettes

Breton Seafood

Mussels in Brittany

Oysters in Brittany

About Brittany

Normandy Food & Drink

Normandy

 

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Breton cider, France

Above, A pitcher of Breton cider.

 

Enjoying fresh oysters, Cancale, Brittany, France
Fresh oysters in Cancale, just above the oyster beds.

   
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