There are many coffee shops around the Dordogne, but the best one is in Monpazier, 15mins drive from our rental in Beaumont du Perigord, it's called Café Ecureuil!
Reasonably priced establishment where the coffee is out of this world and the service is fast and friendly. Cookies, cakes… everything is homemade and ingredients are organic and sourced locally when possible (milk, apple juice….). Coffee lovers will be deglighted to taste the Rwandan coffee beans used at the moment: sweet, deep, buttery chocolate flavor… this cup of coffee will send you home buzzing and hooked!
And if you want to bring some home, you can buy the beans (6,50€ for 250gr).
More infos: Facebook: https://goo.gl/eBc4eV Open every day except on friday Address: Place des Cornieres, Monpazier
The cep considered, as the king of mushrooms, is one of the meatest and tastiest wild french fungi. Fancy buying some fresh ones to vamp up your omelette, pop in Monpazier market (15mins drive from our rental in Beaumont du Perigord) to get some!
More infos: Market opens every day at 3pm in the beautiful wooden covered market hall. Price from 15 to 20€.
The Sainte-Alvère truffle market is definitely one of the best in the area. Its sale is controlled and supervised so that even if you're a novice, you can be sure that your purchase will be one of quality at a fair price.
More infos: Market opens every monday at 10 am from 26th nov to 25th feb (market closed on the 24/12 but opens on 20 and 27/12/18).
Do you have a sweet tooth like me? Well, if it is the case, you'll be thrilled to hear that there is a place near Bergerac where you can get your fix!
From my own experience it's quite impossible to find a Patisserie/Boulangerie (Pastry Shop/Bakery) good at both. Usually they can be brillant only at one of the 2 of them (pastries or bakery)… Well, I was proved wrong last week when we went for a walk from Creysse to Mouleydier (more infos: https://goo.gl/mKzYBm )!!!
La Gloire de Mon Père is THE place where you can get the best baguettes AND the best cakes for a special celebration or just a little treat for yourself!!!! Bonus: you can grab a table and treat yourself to a cup of coffee with one their oh so yummy pastries before going for a walk along the river Dordogne!
Looking for fresh truffles to vamp up your dishes? Don't look further, you have up to the 25th of feb to head down to the Truffle Market of Bergerac on saturday morning! Under the roof of the Food Market (Marché Couvert) reliable producers/vendors will showcase their best "black diamonds" to delight your tastebuds!
The Dordogne is well known by the foodies as one of THE best region of France for truffles, cepes, foie gras, wine… but did you know that we forget most of the time to list another luxurious ingredient? Saffron…. also called the "Red Gold of the Black Périgord".
Since the Middle Ages, this spice was cultivated here in the Dordogne valley and despite falling in popularity, it made a victorious come back a decade ago.
From the delicate flower, the "Crocus sativus" with its awesome purple blue petals, you'll get on a good year around 2kgs of saffron, this intensively red stigma or “threads”(the stigma being the female part that receives the pollen). Grown on small explotations with a lot of handwork involved, the price of this luxury spice is around 30 to 40 euros for 1 gram. Keep in mind, that for 1kg of saffron you ll need 250 000 flowers which is 750 000 threads.
2 tips for buying the best saffron : – Prefer buying threads over powder and the stigma must be intensely red all the way. – Don't purchase over 2 years old saffron and it has to be sold in a container protected from the light.
Recognised by the gourmet circuit as the best truffle in the world, the Perigord Truffle also called the "Black Diamond" is now part of our list of tours.
A mere 30 mins taxi drive from our self catering holiday accomodation , will bring you to the best place in Dordogne to experience the true meaning of Truffle fever : Pechalifour, near the lovely village of St Cyprien (24220).
Under the knowledgeable supervision of your charismatic host, truffle farmer, Edouard AYNAUD and with the help of his friendly border collies Farah (6 years old) and Lino (7 months), you'll learn the secrets and mysteries of the "Black Diamond" and experience something unique : finding truffles before your very eyes. A magical moment for all public, "wow" effect guaranted and a life changing way to look at this amazing fungus.
Practical info: Location: Pechalifour (http://www.truffe-perigord.com/) 2 hours orchard visit (8€ per adult, 5€ for children from 10 y old, free under 10) – english speaking guide on site Half a day session: Tasting in the boutique or during a meal on site. Truffles products airplane friendly and book written in english by Edouard Aynaud about the "Black Diamond" can be purchased in the boutique. Please contact us for a quote and to organise this visit & tasting tour.