December 8, 2015

Take your dog with you on a culinary journey in France. © anko.gaku_ula

At Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, we understand how important dogs are to their owners, so we do everything we can to make sure they have a lovely time whenever they travel with us. To us, this means more than just the journey itself; it includes the experiences they have when they reach their destination.

When visiting France it’s not always easy to find restaurants and cafes that will cater to you and your dog, so we’re here to help! We’ve selected a few of our favourite spots from around the country, which will welcome you and your pooch in for a delicious, winter meal. Read on for our winter guide to doggy dining in France.

L’Assiette du Marché

Where is it?

Our dog-friendly foodie tour of France begins in Lille, an impressive city in the northwest part of the country, close to the border with Belgium. Here you’ll find stunning architecture, which has a distinctly Flemish style, and the beautiful Deûle river. There’s plenty to explore in this large city, including numerous museums, galleries and cultural sights.

What to expect?

L’Assiette du Marché is housed in an incredible building that was once a Lord’s house and a coin mint, before being turned into the restaurant it is today. This dog-friendly restaurant features various rooms, with magnificent interiors, a spacious courtyard and garden. Dine on French classics, like rabbit terrine with onion jam and chocolate fondant with hazelnut praline.

 Indulge in delicious chocolate fondant.
Indulge in delicious chocolate fondant. © Steven Lilley

Le Bistro de Jean

Where is it?

Located in France’s northeast, on Brittany’s coastline, is the picturesque seaside town, Saint-Malo. This walled port city was once a haven for pirates, but has since become a prime destination for tourists from all over Europe. Particular places of interest include the Saint-Malo Cathedral and Petit Bé, a tidal island that can be reached on foot during low tide.

What to expect?

If you have a preference for eating like a local and like to avoid restaurants that are popular with tourists, then Bistro de Jean is the spot for you. This cosy restaurant is nestled amongst the historic buildings in Saint-Malo’s old town, and once inside you’ll be swept up in the buzzing atmosphere. There’s also a terrace area, which is perfect for bigger dogs. Favourite dishes include salmon tartare, scallops and homemade desserts.

 When it’s low tide in Saint-Malo, you and your dog can walk to Petit Bé.
When it’s low tide in Saint-Malo, you and your dog can walk to Petit Bé. © Julien Carnot

Bistrot des Moines

Where is it?

While the whole of France is recognised for its impressive contributions to the culinary world, there are certain places that have a particularly strong tie to the country’s cuisine. Dijon is one of these places. Birthplace of the famous Dijon mustard, and the capital of the Burgundy region, this city is brimming with delicious food and wine – enough to keep you busy for a week, at least!

What to expect?

On the outskirts of Dijon is an authentic Cistercian abbey that was built in the 12th Century. Today, this abbey houses a hotel - Abbaye de la Bussière – and two restaurants. Take your dog to the more low-key of the two, the Bistrot des Moines, and grab a seat on the terrace. Dine on Burgundy snails, La Saunière chèvre (goat’s cheese) and salted caramel apple, as you look out over the park gardens and lake.

 Most French restaurants will have snails on the menu.
Most French restaurants will have snails on the menu. © LWYang

Les Tapas de la Major

Where is it?

For the final stop on our doggy dining guide, we’re headed south to Marseille, the second largest city in France after Paris. This bustling coastal city was once an important trade port, and is full of historic buildings and breath-taking monuments. Visitors can enjoy a tour of Fort Saint-Jean, before taking a stroll in The Pharo Gardens and spending the evening at a performance at the Opera House.

What to expect?

After all that French food, your taste buds might be crying out for something different, which is where Les Tapas de la Major comes in. This Spanish tapas bar is part of Les Halles de la Major, an inside market that offers fresh produce from local providers. Take a seat at one of the outside tables and choose from the selection of small plates, such as meatballs and squid. Don’t forget to wrap up warm!

 Tapas is the perfect end to a perfect day in beautiful Marseille.
Tapas is the perfect end to a perfect day in beautiful Marseille. © Jessica Spengler

Taste buds tingling?

You and your dog can travel from Folkestone to Calais in 35 minutes, with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Start planning your culinary journey today.

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