If you’re in St-Malo on Tuesday or Friday between 8am and 1pm and want to experience a great Breton market, head for the Halle au Blé, in the heart of the old city. You can’t miss the bustle and the hawking of seafood, fresh produce, local dairy products, and baked goods.
Check out Marin-Marine, 5 Grand Rue (tel. 02-99-40-90-32), for men’s and women’s fashions including mariner’s shirts and Breton wool sweaters. Gauthier Marines, 2 rue Porcon de la Barbinais (www.gauthiermarines.com; tel. 02-99-40-91-81), is a walk-in treasure chest of model ships, wooden sculpture, and marine-themed gift items.
Brittany’s most revered chef and modern-day spice hunter, Olivier Roellinger, has an eponymous shop at 12 rue Saint-Vincent (www.epices-roellinger.com; [tel] 06-18-80-44-10). His beautifully presented blends, made from spices found all over the world, are worth collecting. And just try leaving Maison Larnicol, 6 rue St Saint-Vincent (www.chocolaterielarnicol.fr; tel. 02-99-40-57-62), empty handed. It specializes in Breton sweets including baked goods, chocolates, and a variety of flavored caramels.
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