Specialties from the Atlantic Coast

  • Guérande salt marshes

    Guérande salt marshes

    © D.Drouet

  • Oysters in front of the ocean

    Oysters in front of the ocean

    © CMT17 - A.Birard

  • Shellfish at the market

    Shellfish at the market

    © CMT17 - E.Coeffe

  • Vendée brioche

    Vendée brioche

    © Atout France / Fotolia - Artlux

Specialties from the Atlantic Coast 17000 La Rochelle fr

The Atlantic coast, all the flavours of the ocean

The Atlantic seaside and its well-known islands (Noirmoutier, Yeu, Oléron and Ré) boast a gastronomy that marries products of the sea and the soil.

Seafood and fish

Grab a table on the terrace of an oyster shack and savour a tray of oysters from the Bay of Arcachon, Marennes-Oléron or Atlantic Vendée, accompanied by a bottle of local Muscadet or an Entre-deux-Mers white. Feast on shrimp and clams fished at low tide, or try a Charentais mouclade, a specialty prepared with fresh mussels grown on posts.

Nothing beats the catch of the day in a coastal restaurant: opt for anchovies or sardines at Turballe or Croix de Vie, and for sea bass on Noirmoutier Island, or sole with beurre blanc or beurre nantais, a half-salted butter sauce with white wine and shallots.

Local products

In the Marais Poitevin, a marshy area classified as a Grand Site de France, discover market favourites like the freshwater pikeperch and mojettes, a native dish made of small white beans prepared with bacon or tomatoes. The Nantes region is an important farming area with exceptional produce, known for its mâche, or lamb's lettuce, and potatoes. In Poitou-Charentes, try Noirmoutier or Ré Island new potatoes with Echiré butter and salt from Guérande.  So simple yet such a delight!

Sweet and tasty

Let yourself be tempted by a Vendée brioche, sablé biscuits from Retz or fleur de sel caramel.

Go for the local specialties

Ice cream in resort towns: the seven Fraiseraie boutiques (in Guérande, Pornic and Nantes, among others) sell sorbets, ice creams and jams.  On the Bay of Arcachon, Ô Sorbet d’Amour has everything to indulge ice cream lovers.
Le Curé Nantais: in Pornic, this artisanal cheese-maker produces one of the only cheeses on the Atlantic coast, though the boutique carries a vast selection of French cheese and other regional products.