The food in Nantes focuses on local ingredients, and it’s perfectly located to access a wide range of top quality produce. Fish and sea food come from the Atlantic, just a few kilometres away. Fruit and vegetables grow abundantly in the rich Loire valley where livestock thrive, providing poultry, meat and dairy produce to the city’s markets. Wine comes from the local vines, primarily muscadet grapes that produce a delicious, dry white, that pairs particularly well with seafood.
Top 5 foods to try in Nantes
1. Petit beurre - the French equivalent of a rich tea biscuit, flagship of the iconic LU brand from Nantes. Plain, but great for dunking in tea or hot chocolate.
2. Rigolettes nantaises - a speciality of Nantes, these soft-centred, slightly retro, boiled sweets are made with natural fruit pulp and come in a wide variety of flavours.
3. Muscadet wine – a fruity white wine that is traditionally paired with seafood, but why limit yourself, it goes well with lots of other things too, including cake.
4. Gâteau nantais – talking of cake, this almond-flavoured, slightly dense, sponge made with a healthy slug of rum and topped with white icing, is moist and delicious and native to Nantes.
5. Breton crêpes and galettes – pancakes, both sweet and savoury are a major feature in Breton cooking. Galettes are made with buckwheat flour (gluten-free) and usually savoury, filled with ham, cheese or seafood. Crêpes are usually sweet, filled with fruit and cream or chocolate, or ideally a combination of all three.