If you find yourself in Bordeaux, I implore you to visit Cap Ferret for a day. It’s about 40 minutes by car, which can be rented for about 20 or 25 bucks per day. In the states, much of the coastline (at least the coastline that I’ve been to) is highly populated, leaving little room for nature, forestry, spaced out cottages and an overall quiet and tucked away vibe. You’ll find that here. It was easy to forget that you were at the beach because there were so many large trees and wooded areas. The only give aways were the boats parked next to the cottages and the oyster trucks driving up and down the roads every few minutes.
Bouchon du Ferret, Cap Ferret
Just close to Cap Ferret is Archachon, an area known for oysters. It’s these same oysters you’ll find here in Cap Ferret too. Head to Bouchon du Ferret for lunch. You won’t find any tourists there, just seasoned locals enjoying fresh seafood and wine. Only slightly pricey but infinitely worth it: The seafood was so fresh, the wine (of the nearby Bordeaux variety) was as wonderful as all of the wine we’d been drinking in large and frequent quantities. We developed a favorite wine while we were there; the Delphis pictured below. We drank it twice, once here at lunch and once the night before at Brasserie Bordelaise in the historic section of Bordeaux.
We had a plate of oysters (15€), and an appetizer of the most fresh and delicious mussels in a pequillo cream sauce (6€). I literally just ate the mussel broth with a spoon afterwards, it was that good. Main courses were swordfish, cuttlefish seared on a plancha, more mussels in garlic and herb sauce, and my fish soup.
The fish soup, an old favorite of mine, was served in a traditional provencal style, with rouille and parmesan cheese and crusty toast points. As good as it was, my old boss Chef Herve made it better. I think he would love a place like this, given that there was great food, wine, and boats, something I believe to be particular favorites of his.
After lunch, walk around the beaches and see the giant sand mountain at Archachon from across the bay. There are more oyster degustation (tastings), available at the oyster shacks that line the street up and down, alongside some trees that were grown and wound into eachother, making what I’m sure to be a beautiful display of lush tree arches in the summer. We’ll have to go back. Of all the places I’ve been in France so far, Cap Ferret is my favorite.
Bouchon du Ferret: 2 Avenue de la Douane Cap Ferre, Lège-Cap-Ferret, 33970 FRANCE | Make a Reservation: 05 56 60 67 51 | Open: 11:30 – 3 + 7-11, Wednesday-Monday (Closed Tuesday). | Website, Click Here.