Food & Drink
Food glorious food!
Come to Brittany and sample some of the local culinary delights. It is a paradise for seafood lovers. When out and about looking for quality Breton-style cooking, look for the “Authentic Breton Seafood Platter” logo. This will guarantee the use of fresh produce, never frozen or even the use of ice. This practice is with six varieties of shellfish and crustaceans. Truly fresh!
If on a particular evening you do not want to eat out the supermarkets sell a fantastic variety of fish and shellfish at very reasonable prices.
The famous Breton crêpe can be bought at either local market stalls to nibble on while you shop or at hundreds of various crêperies in the region. The savoury crêpe is made from blé (buckwheat) and comes with a variety of fillings. The sweet crêpe can also be served with many varieties from a simple filling of butter and sugar to the deliciously rich creme de marron (cream of chestnut). Served with a green salad and some local cider crêpes provide a lovely, simple but truly delicious meal.
Speaking of crêpes, you can't do better than the crêperie at St Rivoal. This lovely stone crêperie is nestled within the picturesque village of St. Rivoal. Owner Karin will ensure that you fall in love with these Breton pancakes as you gaze into the hill tops of the Monts d'Arrée.
Crêperie in the heart of St. Rivoal
Another local speciality is Andouille, a pork chitterling sausage. For those who love it you will be able to find it as a pizza topping or a filling for crêpes.
Kouign aman is a Brittany buttercake - equally unkind to your hips as your arteries but worth breaking your diet for.
Cider is the traditional drink of Brittany and there are numerous cider makers locally, many of whom work in the traditional way. During the summer months there are guided tours which allow you to visit the cider factory in Fouesnant on the South Coast - complete with tastings of course.
For chocolate lovers: we have discovered two wonderful chocolatiers nearby. Visit the exquisite Au Chat Bleu in Quimper or Chocolatier Chatillon in nearby Pleyben where you can visit the factory followed by a free sampling - not that you will need any pursuasion to buy! They are world famous for their florentines.
Just when you have overdosed on chocolate, there is a macaronerie/tea shop nestled in Rue Kèrèon in Quimper which serves over 15 different flavours of macaroons along with a myriad of other delicious sweet and savoury morsels.
There are many restaurants locally from creperies to places which serve fine French cuisine. Most places are child friendly and offer separate menus.