There’s no better place to start a visit to Dieppe than the weekly market. Recently voted the second best in France, it takes over the town’s streets and squares every Saturday morning. With it come the scents of ripe cheese, sights of bright flowers, and tastes of fresh fruit.
And the foodie highlights don’t end there. Dieppe is full of great restaurants and famous cafes, and there’s an annual herring festival in November. I indulge in everything from coastal seafood to local produce while I’m here, and doing so reminds me how good the food is in this part of France.
I enjoy lunch at Le Trefle, where the cool blue dining room offers panoramic views of the beach. The catch of the day goes down a treat and the chocolate dessert is divine.
L’O 2 Mer is another great place for lunch in Dieppe. Right by the lido, its vegetables come in every shade of pink, purple, and orange. The juicy prawns are delicious, too.
When it comes to drinks, Vins en Scene is hard to beat. This wine bar has great ambiance under its brick arch ceilings. It carries wines from all over France, and they pair well with dishes like raspberries and mascarpone.
Dieppe also has its share of famous cafes. The Ango Basin is lined with waterfront classics like Tout Va Bien, and over on Rue de la Barre the Cafe des Tribunaux was once a favorite of Oscar Wilde.
And that’s to say nothing of the shops. Conserveries & Terroirs offers a range of regional specialties and local and artisanal products from Normandy. The shelves are stocked high with everything from jam to terrine, and they’re all fun to take home.
There’s more to Dieppe than just food, including boat trips, seaside spas, and a hilltop castle. But with so much to tempt the taste buds, it’s hard to fit it all into one trip. I’ll need to come back again soon to do some additional sightseeing. And of course, eat more.
For more on Normandy food and drink, visit the Normandy Tourism website.
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