Apart from being a porcelain capital in the heart of France, Limoges is able to seduce foodies with its rich culinary tradition and regional delights. Already known for its know-how, the city also dazzles all the taste buds of the World with a palette of exceptional flavors but also a delicate art of tableware.
That’s why, you would often find local plates which are adorned with colors and patterns, creating a visual experience as enticing as the feast that fills them. This epicurean sensation is reinforced with the support of local chefs, aware of this local aesthetic speciality, while introducing as much as possible their creations with a particular attention to a certain visual presentation. A perfect way to highlight those regional products, visible in the various markets of Limoges, inviting anyone of you for a tasting session, that’s rich in flavors.
Among those Limousin treasures, we could count on delicious cheeses, such as Salers, Fourme d’Ambert and goat tomme, but also truffles, different types of mushrooms but also potatoes, either cooked in pâtés and pies. In fact, most of those ingredients embody the refined simplicity of traditional cuisine, highlighted by talented chefs in daring creations. A gastronomic potential that could be completed by region’s wines, particularly grown through the vineyards of the Vienne valley. Therefore, we propose you here a true immersion into this central region of France, where many places celebrates the richness of ancestral delights. By AP
We start our gastronomic tour in Limoges with a pleasant location, full of vintage and savorful assets. Thus, after having held the only Michelin starred restaurant in Limoges for a long time, Philippe Redon has decided to be back to basics. That’s why he decided to launch another address, that would better look like his philosophical evolution. Still much inspired by the typical Limousin‘s gastronomy, the chef has turned his elegant bistro of thirty seats into a cosy and vintage styled address. His eponym establishment is adorned by a black piano, discover a modern and inventive cuisine that honors the best seasonal products.
Therefore, Philippe Redon is nowadays pleased to share his own discoveries and sensations. Then, according to the seasons, you could either find a surprising beetroot velouté, but also period mushrooms, cooked in fricassée, eventually followed by razor clams in risotto, before ending with a sweet pie (photo credits: AP).
For your information, those (possibly vegan, organic or gluten-free vegetarian) specialities are as much as possible paired with suitable wines, from the long wine list of this passionate chef.
If you are into dairy products, why not stepping into La Maison Du Fromage ? This old-fashioned cheese boutique impresses with its decoration from another era.
Adding to this, a large choice of goat cheeses (starring Chavignol and Selles-sur-Cher), without forgetting various raw milk camemberts, but also Pont-Lévêque, Livarot and of course Epoisses. On top of that, you may taste other specialties from French regions, starring Brie from Meaux, along Swiss cheeses like Appenzell and Vacherin. Icing on the cake, don’t miss every first Thursday of the month, the possibility to spend an unforgettable evening inside their vaulted cellar. Let’s share a convivial moment, with relatives or even unknown people, enjoying a delicious platter of cheeses, accompanied by a fine wine from Corrèze, but not only.
For a family moment or even a professional dinner, let’s have a look at Les Échoppes Gogaille. This charming restaurant is always ready to welcome you, in the so-called Les Halles district, not far from from the Jardin d’Orsay in Limoges. Therefore, Les Échoppes Gogaille propose a friendly, serene and relaxing setting, embellished by radiant illuminations, highlighting this terroir tainted decoration, with a modern touch. Ideal to spend some time to work or talk on one of those wooden circled tables. As far as we know, a seasonal and local cuisine is served here, according to the arrivals. A great opportunity to discover original French dishes but also Limousin‘s delights.
Everything here is prepared and served fresh, from the gourmet plates of local specialities, such as the selection of cheeses or even the huge sausage, coming from the Sargnat farm. Thereafter, you can be sure to get the best energy to face the sometimes rude climate of Limoges, starring butternut soups in wintertime, but also big pieces of Limousin meat or simply regional vegetables assortment. Icing on the cake, in order to accompany your meals, don’t forget a bottle to order a bottle of nearby wine or a glass of cocktail, since again their list of choices is quite wide. As much as we could guarantee you there a warm passage there, marked by an unforgettable culinary discovery.
Restaurant Les Echoppes Gogaille, 8 Rue Adrien Dubouché, 87000 Limoges (France) / Phone : 00 33 (0)9 74 99 32 32. More details on their official website.
Still in the heart of Limoges, in the pedestrian district, and more precisely on the Place de la Motte, formerly a castle and very close to the illustrious district of La Boucherie, full of half-timbered houses, explore the unmissable Les Halles Centrales. This centenary edifice is renowned as one of the most beautiful market halls in France. Listed as a historic monument since August 16, 1976, this majestic building was inaugurated on December 15, 1889 to replace another wooden hall, which was moved to Place Carnot and which is still in operation and even available to visit. This edifice was imagined by disciples of Gustave Eiffel, the engineers Pesce and Lévesque who took on the task.
Indeed, you may immediately recognize the Eiffel style when you would discover its imposing metallic frame. Therefore, this 50 meter long and 35 meter wide structure is reminiscent of the Baltard pavilions, thanks to its visible metallic material, but also its Burgundy bricks and the typical glass roofs of this period. But what makes it so unique stands in this porcelain frieze, made up of 368 tiles, representing the various products sold inside.
After being renovated and inaugurated again in November 23, 2019, the new version of those Halles Centrales host a wide choice of grocery stores and delicious stalls, from local and even more exotic influences.
Halles Centrales, Place de la Motte, 87000 Limoges (France) / More details in their official website.