Thanks to its coastal setting, the cuisine of Brittany is, as one might expect, dominated by good quality, fresh seafood. But for those seeking an alternative to ocean fare, there is plenty to whet the appetite. Plus, with local produce available from all over the region, every dining experience offers a taste of traditional Brittany.
With a number of fishing ports and working harbours dotted along the coastline of Brittany, there is an abundance of fresh seafood to savour during a visit to the charming seafront restaurants. Mussels and oysters are among the most popular dishes, while a delicacy unique to the region is the fish stew known as cotriade. Prepared with potatoes and a number of different fish, this speciality is served over toasted baguette and can be enjoyed at various establishments while gazing over the waters beyond.
Sweet and savoury treats
In addition to its seafood, the Brittany peninsula is renowned for providing travellers with a selection of delicious crêpes and galettes. Perfect for children, vegetarians, or for those after a simple treat, these Breton favourites can be enjoyed around the clock, with the crêpe proving satisfying for those with a sweet tooth and the galette ideal for something more savoury. Made with buckwheat and often eaten in place of bread, galettes can be enjoyed with meat, cheese, or eggs, and have traditionally been accompanied with the local buttermilk known as lait ribot.
One of the foremost products of Brittany, and a highly sought-after ingredient for chefs around the world, is the butter that is flavoured with local sea salt. Such is the quality of the butter and salt industries in Brittany, it’s no surprise to find a number of biscuits, cakes, and desserts all rich in butter and full in flavour. Experience the mouth-watering Gâteau Breton and crunchy Galettes Bretonnes – sweet buttery biscuits – to discover precisely why the butter of Brittany is such a prized commodity.
While France is most often celebrated for its wine production, Brittany can lay claim to being the nation’s second largest cider-producing region. With a long tradition of brewing cider and beer, there is a diverse array of alcoholic beverages to sample, with each delivering a crisp, refreshing taste. Wine aficionados will not be left wanting, however, with Muscadet and Gros Plant white wines available throughout the region, all complementing the distinctive cuisine that makes Brittany such a delight to discover.