16 MUST-TRY SNACKS IN BRITTANY, FRANCE
1. GÂTEAU BRETON
The Gâteau Breton might just be Brittany’s most famous snack that it is known for in all of France. This buttery, crumbly cake can be found in many cafes and restaurants or pre-packaged in supermarkets. It is served for dessert with caramel sauce and can come with and without a jam filling. A must-try food when you visit Brittany!
2. GALETTES (CRÊPES)
While you can find crêpes all over France, Brittany puts its own special twist on them. The local crêpes or galettes as they are called are made from buckwheat flour and usually served with savoury toppings like cheese, ham or egg. The Breton Crêpe is similar to the galette like a traditional crêpe served with sugar or jam and made with regular flour. The galette is special in that it is often crispy and a bit darker in colour than the soft Breton Crêpes.
You can find pre-made crêpes in supermarkets but the best ones are served in restaurants all over Brittany and France either as a snack or dessert.
3. CIDRE BRETON
The Cidre Breton is a sweet apple cider which comes in different categories similar to wine. You can find dry, semi-dry or sweet cidre manufactured in traditional ways. And this is not your average cider! The Cidre Breton is crafted carefully to bring you the best possible refreshing taste you could imagine. Why not buy a few bottles and take them home with you? You’ll find them in major supermarkets as well as tourist shops.
This pastry is an absolute must-try when you visit Brittany in France. It will remind you faintly of a croissant with its buttery layers and airy dough. The Kouign-amann is very buttery and the perfect dessert after a long day of sightseeing. Find it in most bakeries (boulangerie) or in cafes. You can only find the authentic Kouign-amann in Brittany so enjoy it while you’re there.
Meringue is served all over France but Concarneau in Brittany is one of the best places to try these famous snacks. Head to the Ville Close which is a little village located on an island in the port. The island is surrounded by the walls of a medieval castle and filled with cafes, restaurants and little shops. Keep an eye out for the famous meringue here. They are much larger than most other places in France and have the reputation of being especially good.
6. PETIT BRETON AND OTHER CHEESE
The Petit Breton is a soft cheese with a hard waxy exterior. It is made from cow’s milk and has a tradition of over 100 years in Brittany. But if you like cheese you shouldn’t stop there. Brittany has an amazing selection of delicious cheeses of all shapes and sizes. Keep an eye out for Saint-Paulin and Timanoix cheese which are famous for their unique taste. Definitely have a look at the cheese aisle in any large supermarket. You’ll be amazed by the many different options.
Along with baguettes the croissants are probably the most obvious item of this list of snacks to try in Brittany, France. But there is just no way you can go to Brittany and not try the croissants. They are a buttery piece of heaven that is perfect for breakfast. Serve them along with jam, honey or just plain for the ultimate French experience. There is nothing better than a fresh, authentic croissant from a local bakery.
Along with croissants you need to try local honey produced in Brittany. The options are varied depending on how much money you’re willing to spend. If you can, try both the clear and the creamed honey and definitely serve it with a fresh croissant. A glass of honey is the perfect gift to bring home after your trip so make sure you take some with you. Honey from Brittany is simply the best.
Madeleines are definitely known all over France but you’ll find this famous snack everywhere in Brittany. They’re little teacakes with a faint lemon aroma and a soft texture. A Madeleine is perfect as an afternoon snack, a dessert or a treat to go along with your tea. Keep an eye out for madeleines in supermarkets or really anywhere food is sold. They’re just too good to miss.
10. SEA SALT
Salt might seem like a strange thing to find on a list of snacks for Brittany or really anywhere in France. But the area is so famous for its authentic sea salt or Fleur de Sel that you can’t miss it. This coarse salt is used as a finishing touch to give a dish a distinct flavour. It is considered one of the best and most expensive in the world. You can find it in most supermarkets and speciality stores. Definitely buy a bag to take home with you.
11. BRETON BEER
Brittany makes some of the best beer in all of France. While most people wouldn’t consider beer a snack it has definitely earned its place on this list of things you need to try when visiting Brittany. The area’s brewing tradition goes back to the 17th century and is still following old traditions. Make sure to try Sant Erwann, Britt and Dremmwel, some of the most famous beer brands in Brittany. Find out more information about which beers you absolutely have to try when visiting Brittany
12. SALTED BUTTER
You’ll find it hard to consider salted butter a snack by itself, however, once combined with a fresh baguette you’ll understand why it is on this list. Salted butter is so popular in Brittany that it can be difficult to find the unsalted version at times. You can use it in both sweet and savoury contexts which makes it the perfect thing to keep in your fridge at all times. You’ll soon notice that the salted butter you can find in Brittany is not comparable to others you find anywhere else. There is just something about it that will make you want to have it all the time.
13. SABLÉ BRETON
These cookies are very specific to the Bretagne region and the perfect snack to try when you’re visiting the area. Sablé Breton are buttery, crumbly cookies made with the iconic sea salt the area is so famous for. Enjoy them alongside a cup of tea or as an afternoon snack and don’t forget to take some home as a gift for your loved ones.
14. PAIN AU CHOCOLAT
Pain au Chocolat might just be one of France’s most famous snacks and a popular breakfast item in Brittany. Often considered a chocolate croissant it is buttery and light and an absolute must-try on your trip to France and Bretagne. You can buy pre-packaged pain au chocolats in supermarkets but for the real deal, you should head to a traditional bakery or boulangerie. You won’t get enough of these amazing pastries.
I probably don’t have to mention baguettes and how much better they taste in France. You’ll rarely find a meal in France that doesn’t involve baguette in some way or another. Have it for breakfast with salted butter, honey or jam or add some traditional cheese and sausage for a savoury snack. Make sure to buy a Baguette de Tradition which is a thicker and denser bread with a flour coating. You’ll fall in love and will never be able to really enjoy a baguette outside of France again. It’s just not the same.
16. CRÈME BRÛLÉE
Last but not least I wanted to add Crème Brûlée to this list of best snacks to try in Brittany, France. Once again this dessert is not specific to the region, however, you should take every chance you get to order it in a restaurant. This thick custard-style creme is served with sugar layer that is caramelised to form a hard crust. It’s best to order it as a dessert in a restaurant, however, you can also find pre-made ones in supermarkets. Don’t miss out on trying this famous dessert in France where it tastes the absolute best.