Leave it all behind for a bite to eat at La Palatine? It’s a wise decision for chocolate lovers, who can savor the creations by Breton-Swedish artisan Patrik Thomas there. This son of a fisherman (whose boat gave its name to the chocolate shop) abandoned nautical escapades for the bitterness of pure cacao powder and the sweetness of pralinés. On the edge of the Belle-Île-en-Mer port, he makes all of the following in his old-fashioned boutique: dark chocolate and orange-almond tuiles, plump rochers stuffed with pistachios or salted caramel shards, goji berry chocolate coins… In the summer, try the house ice creams (beetroot, strawberry… €2.50 a scoop) made with milk from the island’s cows, sorbets (blackberry, mirabelle plum), and even waffles bathed in the chef’s hazelnut spread (€4). Good news for foodies on the mainland: his little sister just opened up a shop in Auray.
The hidden gem: A wonderful individual brioche stuffed with melted chocolate (€2.50), which you’ll want to devour as soon as you get your hands on it!