Satisfy your summer taste buds with the best ice cream in St-Malo at Sanchez, 9 rue Vieille Boucherie (www.sanchez-artisanglacier.fr; tel. 02-99-56-67-17). With over 120 flavors, it’ll be hard to choose, but we love their signature flavor “Le péché Malouin.”
For a formal meal, Hôtel France et Chateaubriand has one of the finest dining rooms in town.
Lunch on the half-shell
If you’re driving east from St-Malo to Mont-St-Michel, consider a stop in Cancale—a harbor town famous for its oysters since the 17th century, when Louis XIV had them delivered regularly to Versailles.
Head to the northernmost end of the Port de la Houle, just beyond the jetty, where you’ll see a handful of blue and white covered stalls selling shellfish out of crates. Come armed with a baguette and half-bottle of muscadet (easily found on the port’s main street) and order a dozen oysters to go. The sellers will shuck them immediately and hand them to you on a plastic plate. Find a spot on a bench or the rocks, slurp down your mollusks and toss the shells onto the sun-bleached pile below.
For a second course, pop in to the Crêperie du port, 1 pl. du Calvaire, 7 quai Thomas (tel. 02-99-89-60-66), for inventive buckwheat galettes and dessert crepes.
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