Top Choice Patisserie in Bayeux

La Reine Mathilde

This sumptuously decorated patisserie and salon de thé (tearoom), ideal for a sweet breakfast or a relaxing cup of afternoon tea, hasn’t changed much since it was built in 1898.
Top Choice Brasserie in Le Havre

La Taverne Paillette

Solid brasserie food is the order of the day at this Le Havre institution – think big bowls of mussels, generous salads, gargantuan seafood platters and, in the Alsatian tradition, eight types of choucroute (sauerkr…
Top Choice Gastronomic in Honfleur

La Fleur de Sel

Honfleur-raised Vincent Guyon cooked in some of Paris' top kitchens before returning to his hometown to make good and open his own (now celebrated) restaurant. Guyon uses the highest quality locally sourced ingredie…
Modern French in Rouen

Le P’tit Bec

The down-to-earth menu is stuffed with gratins (cheese-topped dishes), salads, œufs cocottes (eggs with grated cheese baked in cream) and homemade pastries.
Gastronomic in Rouen

Les Nymphéas

With its formal tables arrayed under 16th-century beams, Les Nymphéas has long been a top address for fine dining. Young chef Alexandre Dessaux serves up French cuisine that manages to be both traditional and creati…
Italian in Bayeux

La Rapière

Housed in a late-1400s mansion composed of stone walls and big wooden beams, this atmospheric restaurant specialises in Normandy staples such as terrines, duck and veal with Camembert. The various fixed-price menus …
Norman in Bayeux

Le Pommier

At this romantic restaurant, delicious Norman classics include steamed pollock and Caen-style tripe. A vegetarian menu – a rarity in Normandy – is also available, with offerings such as gratinée of polenta with gril…
Traditional French in Le Havre

La Petite Auberge

This absolute gem of a place with a low-beamed dining room that whispers of romance. The menu is small (typically just two seafood and two meat dishes), but serves as a showcase for seasonal ingredients.
Norman in Caen

Le Bouchon du Vaugueux

The giant wine cork marks the spot at this tiny bistrot gourmande (gourmet bistro), which matches creative modern cooking with a first-rate wine selection (from €4 a glass), sourced from small producers all over Fra…
Creperie in Mont St-Michel

Crêperie La Sirène

Situated at the bottom of the Grande Rue, up a 15th-century staircase from the souvenir shop.