Very typical Breton store chain for cookies,biscuits, canned fish products, decorations,gift ideas, and a nice souvenir from Brittany
Stores all over the region, and they are my favorite stops for searching for unique deco and food goodies of the area.
I have been to several but the biggest and most stocked is the one at St Philibert , on the way to Locmariaquer on the road D28 from the expressway N165 direction Crac'h/Locmariaquer. Once at traffic circle take a quick right as if going to the intermarche supermarket but then take a quick left to the factory and store La Trinitaine.
What to buy: deco items, mugs, table settings, pots, fish canning, biscuites, madeleines, all traditional area items
What to pay: to be found only in Brittany, the prices are in line with any gift souvenir you can think. Good prices and factory outlet.
well this is a huge chain in France with about 1000 stores, and in the area are many. The one here is in Grand Champ on the D779 road, where I pass by now to work.
It is a country store with all kinds of gardens supplies, home petshop, patio furniture, farm or garden clothing, soaps, oils and shower gels, and the main reason I show case it is that it has a food section.
Fully stock with honey, jams, jellies, candies, cider,wine, liquors, just lovely and good.
The service is very friendly and the guy is from my town of Pluvigner lol!!!
What to buy: honey, jellies, candies, but also, country ciders and wines from typical small property in France, very delicious away from the big touristic brands.
What to pay: best prices as its a specialty store with farming background
Have it shopping because it is but it can be in things to do as well, its a must while in town. fleas or food market days is superb. Here is the history;
The major attraction here is the covered market hall, Les Halles, old halls of 1542 welcoming the market 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. As in all the cities that had, the halles belonged to the local Lord. He held the right to establish a market and to build a Hall to House it. Le Faouët, it was mainly fairs to cows and horses. In the 16th century, there were 9 fairs and a market was held every Wednesday. In the 17th century, it is the site of up to 14 annual fairs. Today, the market is held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Built as early as 1542, the building has undergone many restorations in the 19th and 20th centuries. Rectangular in shape, the halles cover an area of 940 m2. Their 53 meters by 19 meters dimensions are impressive. Despite such a surface, they prove too small time compared to the affluence of some days of fair. The building consists of a large relaxing roof on a row of short columns of granite brought by a wall of stones. The elegance of these columns surprised; halls, commercial buildings, were generally devoid of any ornament. In the middle of the roof stands an octagonal Bell Tower topped with a 8-sided crown. Access is via two lateral entrances covered with a roof to rump (indoor elongated end of a roof at one or more triangular sections) and two axial entries covered a roof supported by two columns. The construction of the frame is wood of oak and fir. The day we were there it was a brocante or flea market on Saturdays going on,lovely.
The tourist site for the Pays du roi morvan area ,at Le Faouêt; http://www.tourismepaysroimorvan.com/accueil/navigation/le-pays/le-faouet.aspx
What to buy: food and veggies first and second wednesday of the month, then brocante or fleas on saturdays.
What to pay: best produce best quality price ratio always
This is one of the flag bearers of Breton culinary marvels, and the caramel chocolates have given him so much fame here,even open stores in Paris and Tokyo.
The main one with fabrication site and tours as well as boutique is near me in Landevant.
YOu go in thru the boutique, spacious and loaded with goodies, the service is friendly and very knowledgable of its products. You can have tastings on products in sales or promotion of new ones.
You would love to come to the original place of fabrication. You can see a small video of it here
What to buy: we buy here the chocolate spreads to eat for breakfasts on toasted breads, the caramels chocolats and the boxes of mix chocolates
What to pay: best prices for a gourmet product at the source.
This is a hypermarket a huge supermarket whre you can eat, buy almost anything for the house and of course huge selection of groceries.
whether for the home or visiting this is your one stop shopping just close to the N165 expressway direction Vannes in the metropolitan area town of Saint Avé.
It is part of the group Magasins U, all over France. The Hyper is their biggest store and again they are huge.Picture taken on May 1 labor day here,a holiday
What to buy: almost everything you need in one stop shopping its huge, but mostly we stop there for misc non-food groceries.
What to pay: competitve prices on everything
well this is my love ostriculture is mussels and oysters and they are just yummy. Here I am close to the sea and the bounties of it, just like in my childhood, so it seems going in circle of life.
Larmor Baden is about 20 mins from me ,and as the Gulf of Morbihan is the birthplace of the plate oyster in France. By about 1950, Larmor is the birth and harvesting of the plate oyster ,the second place in all the Gulf area behind another of my local favorites Locmariaquer.
The harvest now less than in times past but still done with care by the great great grandsons of the pioneers of the 1870's.
see my favorite in buy and many others in the link
What to buy: but of course in the port harbor you can buy it fresh mussels and even more so oysters
we get ours from Mr et Mme BERTHO, Rue de Berder - 56870 Larmor Baden, 02 97 57 03 93
but they are many others
What to pay: best prices and freshest product right from the bountiful sea
well this is another chain of the U systéme, and the Super U are the medium size supermarket. Here you find them outside the city center, and are much bigger with not only groceries but clothings, household items, music,books etc etc.
the one here at Arradon is very airy, big ,clean and well arrange in all lines. The friendly staff is very nice to have a nice conversation.
open Mondays to Thursdays from 08h30 to 19h30, Fridays from 08h30-20h00, Saturdays from 08h30 -19h30, and Sundays from 09h00 -12h00
What to buy: groceries is what we come normally but there can be a nice toy like beyblades special at half price so the gang grab them...you can have some clothing and beach apparel.
What to pay: best prices of a big supermarket chain in France
small grocery stores right in small town city center, very useful for locals and passing or staying visitors alike in Brittany.
They are part of the larger group of Casino supermarkets in France, especially setup for small towns like Arradon.
open conveniently Mondays to Saturdays from 07H30 - 20H30, and Sundays from 08H30 - 13H00 and 16H00 - 20H00.
What to buy: groceries, food stuffs
What to pay: convenience prices, good if nothing else, a bit higher than the bigger supermarket but still good value for the convenience.
well this could be in local customs or shopping, but have it here as you can buy and take home.
The cider is the drink of Brittany, Here at Kinkiz,you can taste, and buy direct from producer. open Mondays to Saturdays from 9h30 to 12h30 and 14h to 18h30.
the town is Ergué-Armel ,very near Quimper.
Very traditional and very good indeed. You cant buy more traditional than this. on the webpage you have videos showing the domaine(le manoir de kinkiz), the apple orchards(le verger) , the cider making process (cidrerie), distellary (distillerie du plessis),and the museum (musée d'alambic).
you get here best by car, from Quimper centre ville take the road D765 ave de la Gare to right at D783 blvd Ergué-Armel, contineu direction Keromen, at the village turn left direction village Le Quinquis and look for signs of the cidrerie.
What to buy: you can have cider Cornoauille AOC or cider Fouesnant, or fine de Bretagne eau de vie of the cider, or Pommeau de Bretagne mix cider and apple juice fermented.
What to pay: better prices than supermarket, you are at the source
The French are the world's top eaters of oysters, and Bretagne does the best;lol!!!
there are one of the most balance meals with vitamins A,B1,B2,B3,C,and D
Look for the areas of baie de Douarnenez by the loire on the coast, ,the best are in southern Brittany as Aven Belon, Ria d'Etel, Quiberon,Golfe du Morbihan,Pénerf, and Croisicaise.
you have the best here so come and taste, they are great
the site tells you all about it in French, official site of Brittany
What to buy: oysters
What to pay: best prices in ostrecultures farmers or dedicated fish markets
Well we are been given coupons to all places in the area part of the welcome to Brittany the friendly Bretons are giving us.
We received a coupon for 10€ and Giant Casino was holding a big promotional sale on many items, so decided to take the plunge to do grocery shopping 35 kms from our home at Lanester near Lorient.
The center is a typical centre commercial in France with a big store (Giant Casino a hypermarket store) and several other stores and eateries inside including my favorite clothing store Armand Thiery. There are many stores outside and around it with eating places too, is at the intersection of expressway N165 (Nantes-Brest ) and the D724 road that goes into Lorient. You follow the signs for Lanester and then Centre Commercial.at the intersection of expressway N165 (Nantes-Brest ) and the D724 road that goes into Lorient. You follow the signs for Lanester and then Centre Commercial.
Stores open until 20h and the grocery store Giant Casino until 21h
stores open until 20h and the grocery store Giant Casin
What to buy: its a shopping center that is good for me on clothing at Armand Thiery and groceries at Giant Casino.
What to pay: with promotions it was good, but a bit far from me, however on those traveling it is a good value
This is a nice market in another Breton town, as in France there is one in every town it seems. They are marvelous because for the most part you get to see the produce of the farmer, the real one, the ones you come over here for ,and the prices are better; quality=price ratio is great
I past by here often on way to the beaches from my home and can always pick a fresh produce on my way. This morning I finally took some photos arriving in it, so decided to let it be known.
You need a car of course, but is a nice stop between Auray/Vannes area and the beaches of Carnac, Quiberon, and La Trinité sur Mer. Its only open in the months of summer here July and August.
The city webpage has info on the other markets in the area ,in French.
What to buy: produce , vegetables and fruits
What to pay: good prices from farmers
If we weren't with our French hosts, we wouldn't have ever known about A L'aise Breizh (loosely translated as "no worries, Brittany." They only have stores in Brittany despite a growing popularity. It reminded me of an independent SoCal beachwear store selling hip T-shirts and gear. Their logo is cool and the shirts are neat-o. I bought one that had a pig in a trailer car with stuff flying out that said (translated) Adventures in Brittany by car. That was exactly what we were on, so it was fitting to me. Plus, it looks cool.
From what we were told, they only have stores in Brittany... refusing to open in Paris and other parts of the country so that they maintain their quality control. Fantastic!
What to buy: T-shirts, hats, logo items. There was a lot of hot stuff for girls like little shirts and unmentionables but for the most part it's just a bunch of logo items and sayings en Francais.
What to pay: My t-shirt ran 26 Euros, which is pretty damn high for a t-shirt. But, it won't be found on Champs Elysee or Wal-Mart (thank God, since I wouldn't go in it anyway), so I justified it as getting a unique item.
One of the souvenirs popular from Bretagne is ceramics. You will see plenty of coulourful pottery coloured lots of cream & blue.
Recipes of local dishes, pictures of locals in traditional dress are some of the designs you can find on the pottery.
What to pay: Not Expensive
all shops in bretain
What to buy: Authentics and real menhir seeds
but how to grow them?
put in wet ground (celtic is better)
put them in line
give them water VERY often
they grow very slowly during the first centuries
they are real morbihan granite
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