Flavours and colours on the Opal Coast

Top fishing port

Whether they come from the sea or the land, local products put colour on your plate. Seafood lovers will be delighted and cheese addicts will not be disappointed. Of course, local ales prevail while on farmers markets you’ll be spoilt of choice with a vast palette of tastes.

A treat for the eyes and in the plate !

Fresh fish, endive, cauliflower, strong cheeses, locally brewed beers : all of these remarkable products can be enjoyed in the region’s many hospitable inns and are highlighted at restaurants.

You can also fill your basket of flavours at the many markets in the region and in the local produce shops.

Seafood

Fish, of course, reigns supreme here, since Boulogne-sur-Mer is France’s most important fishing port and there are the fishing villages with vibrant traditions such as Le Portel and Equihen! You will have a vast range of fresh fish to enjoy. Although herring and scallops are often the seasonal stars of the show, the fishermen land over 70 different species of fish at the port of Boulogne each year. That is something to savour, is it not? Fish and mussels are on the menu whether you choose to eat in a gourmet restaurant or a brasserie.

Local Markets

If you would like to get an idea of the rich variety of products which the Opal Coast can offer, here is a word of advice: go and visit the markets! In Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Wimereux, Hardelot, Le Portel and Etaples, markets give pride of place to local producers and craftsmen.

Beer

With a choice of blonde, bitter, dark or strong ale, you’ll find the one for you. Whatever the circumstance, beer warms hearts! You’ll find a large choice of local craft beers on the Opal Coast. You can enjoy a glass of Bière du Dragon, 2 Caps, Quentovic or La Kipper which are perfect with a fish dish !

Cheese

The influence of the sea is an asset for making cheese. These include the smelly Vieux Boulogne, Camembert du Boulonnais, Mimolette, Ecume de Wimereux and Fort d’Ambleteuse. Renowned farms in the area produce cheeses with character using the freshest local milk. To enjoy some of the cheeses at their best, head into specialist shops showcasing local produce.

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