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Tasting Tour of Brittany's Classic Foods

Andrea Fazzari Baker Yannick Gauthier, at Cancale's Grain de Vanille

Photo: Andrea Fazzari

During the Anglo-Saxon invasion of England, in the fifth and sixth centuries, some Britons sought asylum across the water, bringing their language, their rollicking music (heavy on harp and woodwinds), their traditional garb (including the bigoudène, a distinctive tall headdress for women) to a land they called Breizh. France annexed the territory in the 16th century, but the Breton culture, language, and separatist instinct have endured. A tour of France's northwest coast yields prized oysters, Fleur de Sel, and singular Breton classics.

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Inspired by: Tastes of Brittany — by Matt Lee, Published Mar. 2006

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    La Table d'Eugénie

    For those who need to host a group (or be hosted) while in Paris, La Table d’Eugénie is a reception space for hire. Located down a narrow back stre

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    La Gaillotière

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    Erwan

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    L'Étrave

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    Crêperie de la Passerelle

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    Au Pied d'Cheval

    Brittany is the heart of France's oyster trade, providing one-third of the nation's oyster crop, and the briny seafaring town of Cancale is its epi

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    Le Chalut

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    O. Roellinger

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    Musée de la Faïence de Quimper

    This compact museum brings to life the 300-plus years of artisanal glazed-ware production in Quimper.

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    Cidrerie Paul Coïc

    Five miles northwest of Quimper, a first-generation cider maker produces top-notch brews and distilled lambigs.

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    Oan's Pub

    The Celtic origins of Breizh are audible in the rollicking Friday-night live music sessions at this pub, which is also serious about local beers.

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    Vent de Voyage

    This homey boutique makes stylish furnishings and tote bags out of recycled sailcloth.

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    Jean-Yves Bordier Beurrier et Fromager

    Pick up provisions from this esteemed shop and picnic on the St.-Malo seawall.

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