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Gastronomy

Thanks to its position between Loire River and the ocean, Nantes benefits from a profusion of quality products: freshwater and saltwater fish, salt and "fleur de sel" (this is a type of sea salt obtained by hand harvesting the "young" crystals that form on the surface of salt evaporation ponds), fruits and vegetables produced in the numerous truck gardens, and, of course, wine ! Among the specialities of the region, we can list: seafood, fleur de sel of Guérande and Guérande toffees, corn salad, and Muscadet (white wine).

Apart from these "natural" specialities, you must add those born of the cultural heritage of Nantes. Sugar and rum sent by the colonies helped creating candies like "berlingots" and "rigolette", cakes like "le gâteau nantais "or cocktails like"le nantillais". The list would not be complete without mentioning the famous biscuits of the LU and BN factories, born in Nantes in the XIXth Century: "Petit Lu", "Beurré Nantais", "Paille d'Or" and "Goûter BN".


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