Give a Christmas cheer, Rouen Givré is here!

Rouen is a firm favourite with visitors to Normandy. There’s just something about those multicoloured half-timbered houses and gothic churches on every street corner – as French cities go, the ‘city of 100 bell towers’ (as Rouen was once called by French writer Victor Hugo) is certainly up there with the prettiest of them! For that…

Hip Hip Hip Herring!

It’s autumn on the Normandy coast and the air is thick with the delicious smoky smell of fresh, grilled fish. Every year in November, visitors flock in their thousands to the Alabaster Coast, as this scenic part of Normandy is known to sample the hareng (herring), the poisson roi (king of fish) and Saint-Jacques scallops, two…

Autumn aperitifs

In many parts of France, you might see people opting for the wine when they fancy an aperitif, but did you know that Normandy’s drinks revolve not around grapes, but apples and pears? From fruit… Normandy cidre, poiré [pear cider], Pommeau and Calvados are all made with a mixture of apples and/or pears, chosen from…

Five of Normandy’s best coffee shops

Whether you have long hours of sightseeing planned or just want to spend your time relaxing, one truth is universal: your day can truly begin only once you’ve had your coffee. Coffee culture has seen major growth in France in recent years, and Normandy is no exception. Along with its numerous sites to explore, Normandy…

Michelin-starred Munch

Thought dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant would break the bank? WRONG! In Normandy, it turns out you can have lunch at not one, but FIVE Michelin-starred restaurants for €35 or less! Intrigued? Read on… 1) A Contre Sens (Caen) In the heart of Caen’s cobbled streets, this cosily traditional restaurant with modern decor is run…

Sea, sun, sand and a few drinks. Normandy’s top beach bars

Drink in hand, toes in sand! It’s the peak of the summer season and the weather’s been glorious in Normandy for the past two months. Everyone is heading to the seaside and looking for good spots to have a drink! Here are our five suggestions for top beach bars in Normandy… Le Bar O Mètre,…

5 tasty tips for doing Bastille Day the Norman way

This weekend is ALL about France, so why not celebrate Bastille Day and France making the World Cup Final and the Tour de France passing through Normandy by trying one or two of these classic Norman dishes? Bon appétit ! 1) Marmite Dieppoise (aka Normandy fish stew) Local legend has it that this Normandy classic was…

Off yer bike! Five foodie stop-offs you should factor into your cycling holiday

1. Oysters in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (EuroVélo 4) Did you know that oyster farmers in Normandy produce roughly a quarter of all oysters produced in France? If you’re a lover of oysters, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue in the north-east corner of the Cotentin Pensinsula is a particularly good place to go. Saint-Vaast oysters are well known for their subtle nutty…

When food meets music!

In France, 21 June doesn’t only mark the start of summer, it’s also the day of the year when the whole country celebrates live music with amateur and professional concerts held in all sorts of places, ranging from streets to bars, restaurants, courtyards and even museums. Created in 1982 by former Culture Minister Jack Lang,…

Arty pit-stops

Normandy has seen many famous artists come and go, among them iconic painters like Monet and writers like Oscar Wilde. Here are some of my favourite haunts where you can follow in their illustrious footsteps and stop for a bite to eat or a coffee. I have also included some bonnes adresses of interesting watering…