Colourful half-timbered buildings lean precariously over the cobbled streets in medieval Quimper, the heart of Brittany's Finistère region.
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Built at the confluence of the rivers Odet and Steïr, this delightful city features floral bridges, peaceful squares and a mighty Gothic cathedral. Through its museums, festivals, cuisine and customs, Quimper honours and preserves traditional Breton culture.
Food and drink
At Le Grand Marché, which runs every Wednesday and Saturday morning, around 100 stalls line the leafy Quai du Steïr, selling meats, cheeses, breads and sweet treats. Food and drink are also the focus at the covered Halles Saint-François, a purpose-built daily market on Rue Astor which stays open into the evening.
Crêpes and galettes
The scent of crêpes and galettes – Breton buckwheat pancakes – mischievously follows you around Quimper. The streets are lined with cheery crêperies, serving a wide range of sweets and savouries, all made from local ingredients. Take a seat, study the menu board, place your order and pour a glass of wine.
Breton baked goods are another local culinary institution. The crunchy galette bretonne shortbread, from nearby Pont-Aven, is among the most famous recipes, with the thick palets breton biscuits and buttery gateau breton cake also favourite local accompaniments for your afternoon coffee.
Hailing from southern Finistère, Cornouaille is a hand-produced, delicately bubbly local cider. Made from pure apple juice, the drink is notable for its rich golden colour and frothy finish. Cornouaille enjoys the rare and hard-earned distinction of the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée quality label.