Top 5: Tasting seafood straight from the producer

A taste of the sea to enjoy at the waterside

Picture 1 Top 5: Tasting seafood straight from the producer

One of the pleasures of summer in Brittany is enjoying seafood. And when you can sit down to eat it on the producer’s premises, that’s the best way to eat fine produce while admiring the sea!

Terrace with a sea view at La Perle de Quéhan

© Jeff Quintin

At Saint Philibert, come sit on the terrace overlooking the bay of Quéhan and treat yourself to a wonderful selection of seafood. In this magnificent spot in southern Morbihan, the Maison Quintin has been raising special oysters, both belons and Pacific, since 1961. These days the business is energetically and creatively managed by Jeff Quintin. Clams, cockles, crabs, langoustines and smoked fish complete the menu, which gives pride of place to the quality of these jewels of the sea. The beautiful wooden terrace above the fishponds stretches beneath the shade of the pine trees and looks out over the sea. Something to enjoy until nightfall.

Open weekends all year round and daily from 15 June to 15 September for lunch and dinner.

Booking: +33 (0)2 97 55 01 94

Find out more: La Perle de Quéhan

The Cancale oyster market

© Emmanuel Berthier

An unmissable attraction on the Emerald Coast is Cancale’s oyster market in the Port de la Houle. It’s a place to take a gourmet break while enjoying the view over the oyster beds of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay. You taste the freshly opened oysters with a little squeeze of lemon right there on the dock, so you can enjoy the panoramic views of this remarkable gourmet site at the same time. While the star is definitely the flat belon oyster of Cancale, the eight producers can also offer you Pacific oysters and AOP Bouchot mussels from Mont-Saint-Michel Bay.

Open daily all year round from 09:00 to 19:00

Find out more: Cancale's oyster market

An oyster bar with a panoramic view at the Ferme Marine Paimpolaise

© EARL Ferme Marine Paimpolaise 2017

How do you fancy a straw hut on the ‘sentier des douaniers’ coast path (the customs officers’ path), with a panoramic view over Paimpol bay, serving oysters for you to try? The fine Pacific Arin oysters from the Ferme Marine Paimpolaise won the silver medal at the Concours Générale Agricole in 2017. So head right over to the oyster bar at the Point de Kerarzic. Oysters, clams and tapas from the Conserverie La Paimpolaise are all on the menu in this beautifully preserved setting. Its incredible panoramic view as the sun sets makes it an unmissable gourmet experience while you’re on holiday.

Open Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 20:00 in July and August

Booking: +33 (0)2 96 20 60 02

Find out more: HuÎtres Arin – La Ferme Marine Paimpolaise

Sunsets on the terrace above the fishponds at Prat ar Coum

© Brian Camussat - Prat Ar Coum 2017

In the heart of the ‘Abers’ – deep creeks, where the rivers join the sea – take a front row seat to enjoy oyster tasting with a sunset over the sea. In the north of Finistère, the family-run Prat Ar Coum oyster farm, founded in 1898 and now owned by Yvon Madec, offers oysters as its main product but also  has other shellfish (winkles, abalones, clams) and crustaceans (Breton lobsters, crayfish, crabs). You can buy them from the fishpond to take away, but the best way to enjoy them is to eat them right there, on the terrace.

Open from Monday evening to Saturday evening, lunchtime and evening in July and August.

Booking: +33 (0)2 98 04 00 12

Find out more: Prat Ar Coum

A Brittany Experience in the Gulf of Morbihan oyster beds

© Simon Bourcier

Ivan Selo is an oyster farmer and descended from five generations of oyster farmers. He owns beds near Locmariacquer, Île Longue and Quibéron, but his workplace is at the Pointe de Toulvern. Every day, for a few hours, he leads a group of curious visitors (and gourmets!) around one of his oyster beds. He then answers their questions about raising and harvesting oysters. After doing some work together amongst the oyster bags, Ivan welcomes his guests aboard  the “Rhythme des marées” to taste some fresh oysters accompanied by a glass of white wine.

Brittany Experience from April to the end of October

Find out more: Brittany Experience with Ivan Sélo

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