Ile de Ré has a number of small towns and villages on it, including the main town of Saint Martin. The favoured way to get around the island is by bike but, as the weather was a bit dodgy, we took the bus.
We soon came across the La Martiniere ice cream stand on the harbour front. They sell over 50 flavours of ice cream and sorbet, with flavours ranging from the pedestrian to the downright bizarre. We were actually brave enough to try the oyster and caviar flavour, which was surprisingly good - creamy and salty.
Whilst wandering the narrow shop-lined streets that lead up from the harbour we came across L'Atelier, which it turned out also belonged to La Martiniere. L'Atelier sold some of the most beautiful little cakes I've ever seen - including the sushi cake below. We sampled some of the macaron glaces (ice cream filled macarons). The caramel fleur de sel, was particularly outstanding.
As far as I can tell, the only other La Martiniere outlet is in La Flotte, a smaller town on the island. I want to go back to Ile de Re for a number of reasons, not least of which is those ice cream macarons!
|Over 50 flavours... where to start?!|
|Puts Greggs to shame...|
|One of each please|
|Ice cream filled macarons|
|The sushi cakes were my fave|