Where to eat
Enjoying a glass of something at an outside table at Le Casino
25 rue de Locmalo
56290 Port Louis
02 97 82 47 59
Sophisticated cuisine and setting on the sea. Dishes such as fresh-caught red mullet served with a bouquet of vegetables and asparagus from the nearby village of Plouhinec. For a couple's special night out.
18 bis route Locmalo
56290 Port Louis
02 97 82 48 41
Gourmet cuisine and charming setting on the sea.
34 Rue du Port
02 97 84 51 51
The owner has decorated the restaurant with quite an eclectic mix of objects! Excellent gourmet cuisine, noisy and friendly, kids can come but not exactly a family restaurant.
Grande Plage (literally, the main beach)
Avenue Fort de l'Aigle
02 97 82 20 95
We just love this place on the beach. Get yourself a bowl of mussels Breton-style, cooked with cream, bits of smoked bacon, onions and white wine, and served with a helping of hot chips/French fries. If you take an outside table you can look out across the sea and watch the boats leaving the harbor. If you have kids they can play on the sand in front of you while you hold hands with your honey. Even inside the big picture windows mean you still see almost as much of the view, and the people are lovely, if busy.
Le Clos Marine
17 rue du Driasker
02 97 85 81 80
On the right on the road going straight from Ste Hélène into Plouhinec, just before the town centre.
The M. et Mme Tratieux serve you some of the best crêpes in the area, with an organic angle. Be sure to reserve to avoid disappointment. Note that the seaweed crêpe, while an interesting curiosity, is not going to leave you feeling nourished. Convivial and family-oriented, and with outside tables in the garden too.
Crêperie Hent er Mor
30 avenue des Plages
02 97 65 77 17
Cathy and Serge (Serge's English is quite good) have a special welcome waiting for only our guests; if you tell them that you are staying at Kan ar Voualc'h as Deborah's guest, they will offer you free Breton kirs for your apératif.
You are served crêpes that come with the "Crêperies Gourmandes de Bretagne" quality label as a guarantee. The most buttery ones you will ever eat in a convivial, family-oriented setting. Try the one with the leeks and scallops (fondue de poireaux et coquilles St Jacques). Fridays and Saturdays a reservation is suggested, and in full season reservations are even necessary.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except July and August when only closed Tuesdays.
Dégustation St. Guillaume
02 97 36 73 26
Specialized in seafood here, and run by two brothers with their oyster farm in Ste Hélène. You can get platters of oysters, crabs, langoustines, shrimp or order mussels and chips. Located at the water's edge of the Ria d'Etel. Reservations recommended.
Route de Nostang
02 97 56 90 55
The nearest upscale restaurant just ten minutes away, in a converted stone farm building in a forest setting. Julien, the young wine steward, will ably help you choose from the surprisingly wide range of French wines. Several menus offered including hors d'œuvres, starter, main course, cheese, dessert. Recently had thickly sliced smoked salmon, guinea fowl in apple spirits sauce, goat cheese in crispy pastry and apple mousse for dessert. Quality uneven, but still a very pleasant evening. In summers a jazz pianist tickles the ivories. Reservations necessary in summer on Fridays and Saturdays.
Port de St Goustan
15 Place St Sauveur
02 97 24 06 46
It's hard to choose among the many restaurants and crêperies along the port. We have found that La Licorne is a decent place offering slightly better food. Convivial, family-oriented.
2 boulevard Franchet d'Esperey
02 97 21 18 29
Marc and Nathalie Saulou offer fine dining advantageously two minutes up the street from Lorient's cinema. For 28 euros you can get twelve oysters on the half shell, followed by a duo of fresh-fresh fish from the port that day. Try the hot mini-crêpe filled with a slice of caramelized apple; it comes with a scoop of apple sorbet and two tiny pitchers, one warm with salty-butter caramel sauce, the other warming with apple brandy. Dose on the crêpe and sorbet as you see fit, have a coffee, and still catch the 8:50 show.
On the square next to the Mairie in Ste Hélène
Simple eating a ten minute walk from the house, and where locals hang out. Nice for a quiet drink at an outside table, and in the winter, the owner makes a hot rum grog that warms the cockles of your heart all right.
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Finding the village of Sainte-Hélène-sur-Mer
- Deborah Mends
- An American of Welsh-English extraction, I've lived in France for almost thirty years, splitting my time today between Paris, Brittany and the Middle East. I am the owner of Atelier Mends SAS, which offers innovative drawing instruction online. Based on certain Old Master techniques and the latest research on how the mind learns, complete beginners can learn to draw realistically and sensitively; more experienced students will learn to develop their artist eye. Visit my English-language website at http://www.howtodrawjourney.com/, or, if you're a French speaker, check out http://www.le-chemin-du-dessin.com/. Interested in taking a drawing course during your stay at Kan ar Voualc'h? I offer one-day sketching jaunts to Pont Aven and to Auray: http://www.howtodrawjourney.com/drawing-classes.html