Nantes is the sixth-largest city in France, situated on the Loire River in Western France. As well as many tourist attractions (including a giant mechanical elephant) Nantes offers some lovely food and wine, influenced by surrounding areas of the Bretagne region and the Pays de la Loire.
We stayed in Nantes this September and wanted to share some of the great places to eat that we enjoyed.
Best places in Nantes for lunch
Trentemoult is an old fishing village located across the river Loire. A short boat ride takes you to the coloured rows of houses of Trentemoult, and to some lovely restaurants on the banks of the Loire. We dined at Le Bistrot du Port in Trentemoult and was thoroughly impressed with their Tartines (open sandwich) with reblechon and bacon. Aside from the obvious winning combination of bacon and cheese the double carb aspect of piling potatoes on top of toasted bread made this very warming and comforting on a cold day. Their burgers were pretty good too with chips shaped perfectly to scoop up mayonnaise and ketchup.
In a backstreets off of the Nantes close to the Place Royale is a carb-lover’s dream. We had read about the Suppli factory in a great blog post ‘Best eats in Nantes from a local‘ on French food blog ‘Chocolate and Zuchini’, and being big fans of suppli we knew we had to try this place. Suppli is the Roman cousin of arancini, (you can read more about great suppli in Rome in our foodie’s guide to Rome here) both are deep fried balls of risotto, although arancini are the larger of the two.
The suppli factory is a lovely lunch option. The suppli comes in one variety (with a tomato-based sauce and filled with cheese) whilst the arancini comes in many flavours. We tried a fishy one with large chunks of butternut squash chunks and also a chicken and mustard variety, along with some of the suppli. They were all delicious and, with a glass of red wine each, the bill totalled around twenty euros for the two of us.
The Suppli Factory, 1 Rue de l’Arche Sèche, 44000 Nantes, France.
Great place in Nantes for dinner
We enjoyed the food and service at La Boite a Sardines so much that we returned within our short stay. We didn’t make a reservation on either occasion but both times were seated in this very small restaurant and found the food quality to be excellent. They offer a fixed menu and the staff speak very good English, whilst being great at making recommendations on what you might like to eat and drink.
They offer a fixed menu of a choice of four starters, four main courses and three desserts. The menu price is 23 Euros for two courses or 26 Euros for three courses (with occasional supplements for more expensive dishes).
Personal favourites from the menu was the foie gras de canard starter, all of the main courses and the assiette de fromage (cheese plate) to finish the meal. They serve a reasonable amount of wine by the glass too.
La Boite à Sardines, 5 Rue des Petites Écuries, 44000 Nantes, France
Great food market for self caterers
Nantes’ oldest and biggest market, the Talensac market, first opened in 1937. Its seafood and fish stands make it particularly popular but the wide variety of foods and the bustling market feel were what we loved the most about it.
The market is open every morning from 7am to 1pm (although not on Mondays), and around 150 stallholders showcase the best of French food.
We found a lovely (if slightly out of focus) video on the Talensac market on YouTube, which you can watch below.
Talensac market, Rue Talensac, 44000 Nantes, France
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