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Try These Local Dishes During Your Holiday in Normandy


What’s on your list of things to do when on holiday in France? Sampling the local cuisine has to be at or near the top. Although typical French dishes are widely available, there are distinct aspects of Norman food culture that you just can’t find anywhere else in the world. During your next holiday, make sure to give these 5 local dishes a try.

1. Shellfish and Seafood

With miles and miles of coastline, Normandy is well known for its abundance of shellfish dishes and creations. After just a few hours in any Norman village, you’ll realise that mussels are served in almost every restaurant and in hundreds of different ways, so it’s impossible not to try them at least once. Crab, lobster, oysters, and shrimp are also common Normandy fare, and they’re always served fresh and alongside chips, bread, or regional cheese.

2. Bread and Baked Goods

You just can’t go to France without trying the bread. All throughout Normandy, you’ll find shops and bakeries with fresh bread and treats available for purchase all day long, and the scent will just be too delectable to resist. If you have a sweet tooth, kouign-amann (butter cake) will satisfy any craving. And if you’re looking for something a little lighter, a croissant or brioche will do the trick, too.

3. Cider, Calvados, and Pommeau

The entire region of Normandy is full of orchards, producing rich and juicy apples all year long. As an effect, there are plenty of delicious apple-based beverages that are made locally. Most of us are familiar with cider, but Calvados and Pommeau are less popular elsewhere in the world. Calvados, apple-based brandy, and Pommeau, a pre-dinner drink, are plentiful and delightful, so make sure to give each of them a try!

4. Cheese

There’s a cheese for everyone in Normandy. Creamy cheese, pungent cheese, soft cheese, and everything in between line the shelves in markets and shops all throughout the region and always find their way to your dinner plate. Take a cheese tour if you’re looking to get a taste of the region––visit the town of Camembert (home of the cheese), Rouen, and Livarot to sample a variety of cheeses that make Normandy famous!

5. Crepes

Crepes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Creperies are plentiful throughout Normandy and are usually pretty cheap, which makes them a great go-to spot for a quick snack or bite to eat. They can be sweet or savoury, depending on your palette. Fill one with chocolate, powdered sugar, and fruit and you have a quick and easy dessert. Or throw some cheese and vegetables in for a more substantial meal!

Bon Appetit! Book Your Food Tour to France with Irish Ferries

Getting hungry yet? Don’t worry, your culinary adventure is just a ferry ride away! Take your car for more convenient travel from town to town, which will allow you to sample more of the regions exquisite dishes. Book your travel to Normandy today!

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